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The 17 Steps: The Dying Detective

The 17 Steps: The Dying Detective

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Dying Detective THE INVASION OF MRS. HUDSON’S FLAT We are given a few examples of Mrs. Hudson’s long-suffering nature in this tale, the first of which being: “Not only was her first-floor flat invaded at all hours by throngs of singular and often… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Lady Frances Carfax

The 17 Steps: Lady Frances Carfax

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Lady Frances Carfax (LADY) THE WATSON INFLUENCE ON HOLMES “The bath!” Holmes corrects Watson, then asks, “Why the relaxing and expensive Turkish rather than the invigorating home-made article?” Sometimes one has to wonder if Holmes is simply posing these questions so he can impress Watson… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Resident Patient

The 17 Steps: The Resident Patient

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Resident Patient (RESI) WATSON BECOMES A BIT JADED “For in those cases in which Holmes has performed some tour de force of analytical reasoning, and has demonstrated the value of his peculiar methods of investigation, the facts themselves have often been so slight… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Six Napoleons

The 17 Steps: The Six Napoleons

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Six Napoleons A FRIEND ENJOYING THE COMFORTS OF 221B There’s something special about the beginning of this tale, a feeling that the friendly association of Holmes and Watson was not something they restricted to their own circle of two. We begin this visit… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Hound of The Baskervilles

The 17 Steps: The Hound of The Baskervilles

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) THE MOST FAMOUS SKULL IN LONDON? “This is my friend Dr. Watson,” Holmes introduces Mortimer to Watson. “Glad to meet you, sir,” Mortimer replies, “I have heard your name mentioned in connection with that of your friend. You interest… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Empty House

The 17 Steps: The Empty House

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Empty House (EMPT) JOHN H. WATSON, CRIME DOCTOR “And I even attempted, more than once, for my own private satisfaction, to employ his methods in their solution, though with indifferent success.” Without Holmes, Watson would have us believe that his entire contact with crime… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Final Problem (FINA) THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND … WAIT A MINUTE! A still-bereaved Watson writes: “My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Musgrave Ritual

The 17 Steps: The Musgrave Ritual

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) THE YOUNG GUYS’ APARTMENT Watson reports that Holmes “was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction.” Then he admits, “Not that I am in the least conventional… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Five Orange Pips

The 17 Steps: The Five Orange Pips

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Five Orange Pips (FIVE) THE MAN WITH THE WATCH We all love an untold tale, and this case gives us a few. Among them we find “the Camberwell poisoning case” in which, Watson tells us, “Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Creeping Man

The 17 Steps: The Creeping Man

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Creeping Man (CREE) VINDICATED BY MONKEY SERUM! “Mr. Sherlock Holmes was always of opinion that I should publish the singular facts connected with Professor Presbury, if only to dispel once for all the ugly rumours which some twenty years ago agitated the university and… Continue Reading