The execution of Sherlock Holmes

There are many, many Sherlock Holmes stories, novels, novelettes on tip of the glorious canon left by Conan-Doyle.

The execution of Sherlock Thomas is a particularly enjoyable one. We find Holmes at his best against relatives (I didn’t like that idea but it works…more or less) of arch villains he taken down and finds himself drugged and locked up in the notorious Newgate Prison.

Watson of course tells the story but it really has the feel on Conan-Doyle…it just hits the spot for me.

Have a read…it is really rather good!images

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Sherlock – a timeline

Ah Sherlock…we have been so blessed by the incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H. Watson including William Gillette, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sir John Geilgud, Carelton Hobbs, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer, Vasily Lavanov, Charlton Heston, Jeremy Brett, Clive Merrison, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Frewer, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Here’s a reading time line for anyone who is a fan of Holmes…and of course Watson!

1880
July 3, Saturday — “The Gloria Scott”

1881
June 23, Thursday — “The Musgrave Ritual”
July 16, 1881, Saturday — Holmes meets Watson in Chapter One of A Study in Scarlet

1883
April 1, Sunday — “The Speckled Band”

1884
March 4, Tuesday — The investigation of A Study in Scarlet
March 29, Saturday — “The Yellow Face”

1885
January 6, Tuesday — “The Red Circle”

1886
February 26, Friday — “The Beryl Coronet”
October 2, Saturday — “The Resident Patient”

1887
April 26, Tuesday — “The Reigate Squires”
July 19, Tuesday — “The Second Stain”
July 29, Friday — “The Naval Treaty”
August 30, Tuesday — “The Crooked Man”
September 16, Friday — “The Five Orange Pips”
October 6, Thursday — “The Noble Bachelor”

1888
January 7, Saturday — The Valley of Fear
March 20, Tuesday — “A Scandal in Bohemia”
April 16, Monday — “A Case of Identity”
June 20, Wednesday — “The Greek Interpreter”
September 4, Tuesday — The Sign of the Four
October 25, Thursday — “Silver Blaze”

1889
June 1, Saturday — “The Stock-broker’s Clerk”
June 8, Saturday — “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”
June 21, Friday — “The Man with the Twisted Lip”
June 30, Sunday — “The Engineer’s Thumb”
August 30, Friday — “The Cardboard Box”
October 1, Tuesday — The Hound of the Baskervilles
December 27, Friday — “The Blue Carbuncle”

1890
March 18, Tuesday — “The Copper Beeches”
October 11, Saturday — “The Red-Headed League”

1891
January 12, Monday — “Charles Augustus Milverton”
April 23, Friday — “The Final Problem”

1892
March 24, Thursday — “Wisteria Lodge”

1893
March 15, Wednesday — “Three Gables”

1894
April 3, Tuesday — “The Empty House”
June 1, Friday — “The Mazarin Stone”
August 1, Wednesday — “The Norwood Builder”
November 23, Friday — “The Gold Pince-nez”

1895
April 20, Saturday — “The Solitary Cyclist”
May 6, Monday — “The Three Students”
July 10, Wednesday — “Black Peter”
November 21, Thursday — “The Bruce-Partington Plans”

1896
September 22, Tuesday — “The Veiled Lodger”

1897
February 6, Saturday — “The Missing Three-Quarter”
February 15, Monday — “Abbey Grange”
March 16, Tuesday — “The Devil’s Foot”

1898
July 25, Monday — “The Dancing Men”
August 20, Saturday — “The Retired Colourman”

1900
October 4, Thursday — “Thor Bridge”

1901
May 16, Thursday — “Priory School”
November 19, Tuesday — “The Sussex Vampire”

1902
June 4, Wednesday — “The Six Napoleons”
June 19, Thursday — “The Three Garridebs”
July 26, Saturday — “The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax”
September 3, Wednesday — “The Illustrious Client”

1903
January 21, Wednesday — “The Blanched Soldier”
May 26, Tuesday — “Shoscombe Old Place”
September 6, Sunday — “The Creeping Man”
November 8, Sunday — “The Dying Detective”

1907
July 30, Tuesday — “The Lion’s Mane”

1914
August 2, Sunday — “His Last Bow”

Sherlock Holmes

Untitled 1Sherlock Holmes, ace consulting detective and I have to say a bit of a hero of mine!

For those who have never heard of him, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Based in London our gallant socio-path or as he likes to be known “consulting detective” has abilities that are just fantastic. Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases, pre-dates CSI by 110 years!!

Sherlock made his first appearance in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with “A Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914…some great reading.

On the screen we also had Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce which were fun but didn’t really give a truthful representation of Holmes and Watson. However that was in the 40’s but the most faithful on screen was probably Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes in the Granada Series which ran in the 1980’s.

However I like the BBC’s Sherlock and season 3 is currently on…so watch!
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Sherlock and London at the Museum of London

Jeremy-Brett-as-Sherlock-Holmes-sherlock-holmes-14711347-1161-1649A new exhibition is to open at the Museum of London in 2014, interestingly it looks at the  relationship between Sherlock Holmes and London.

London has always been a source of fascination for myself and the greatest consulting detective. Indeed in the ‘The Red-Headed League’ Holmes remarks to Watson, ”It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of London.”

The Director of the Museum of London Sharon Ament said: “We all think we know Sherlock Holmes, but do we really? “The lens through which the Museum of London will examine the inimitable detective will reveal more about London than you might guess, but then you’d expect nothing less.”

The museum says it will “look beyond the familiar deerstalker, pipe and cape” in search of the “real, complex and multi-faceted” Sherlock Holmes and will “mirror the way he used his own remarkable observational powers and analytical mind to reveal the truth”.

Sound interesting…the game is afoot in 2014