Tide yourself over

I'm not likely to post again before the end of the year and when I do post again it will probably be to talk about The Abominable Bride.

My life summed up in one collage

I think this is about right.

Winter 2015 Sherlock Holmes Journal

It's that wonderful time of the year when the Winter Sherlock Holmes Journal lands on the doormat.

The Bride is getting closer

There's a lot of cynicism about the imminent Sherlock special but I am not joining it. I am very excited.

Latest Sherlock Teaser

I first saw this yesterday morning but it wasn't on YoutTube for a while. Nice and spooky.

Animated Holmes and Peter O'Toole

I may, sometimes, come across as very knowledgeable on all things Holmes/Doyle but things can, and do, pass me by.

"The moustache has gotta go" ......why?

I've mentioned before that I watch a lot of YouTube reaction videos. Some of those reacting to the second, extended, Sherlock special trailer have been slightly frustrating.

Nice images from Sherlock Special

Yes, you've probably seen them elsewhere but, just in case you haven't.......

New Book on Spiritualism available

Firstly I must stress that this is not a review or a recommendation. This is for the simple reason that I have neither seen nor read the book concerned.

Farewell to Baker Street - Review part 2

I have been working my way through a pastiche collection entitled Farewell to Baker Street.

Current reading

I don't know what's happened to me but I've gone out of my way to obtain some more Holmes pastiche to review.

Autumn BSJ - review

Following on from yesterday's post, I can report that I have finished the Autumn edition of The Baker Street Journal.

The Autumn BSJ is here

I received the Autumn 2015 Baker Street Journal yesterday and I began reading it on my commute today.

Book review - The Silly Side of Sherlock Holmes

I recently got hold of second hand copy of this book and I have to say it strikes me as an odd one.

Can someone tell me why? (well apart from the obvious)

So the BBC has decided to publish a book of selected Sherlock Holmes stories. The selectors in this instance being Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Haslemere - Missing a Sherlockian opportunity

Haslemere, in which I am fortunate enough to live, amazes me with its lack of interest in Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Pizza Express Sherlock Makeover in Haslemere

Local periodical The Haslemere Herald announced that the local Pizza Express had been subjected to a Sherlock Holmes / Conan Doyle makeover. Naturally I had to have a look.

Creepy eBay Sherlock collectable

Longer standing readers of this blog will remember a time when I used to post about odd things I found on eBay with a Sherlock Holmes connection.

Video - Digital Spy talks to creators about the Sherlock Special

I just found this Digital Spy interview on YouTube.

Summer Baker Street Journal - my favourites

Yesterday I received the Summer issue of The Baker Street Journal and I began working my way through it on my commute.

Sherlock Victorian Special - Extended trailer

Due to some kind of accident, an extended trailer for the Sherlock special found its way onto the internet.

No Better Place - ebook edition

I have been asked a few times what the plans are regarding an ebook version of No Better Place.

I've returned to Facebook (in a small way)

Many years ago (possibly before I started this blog) I abandoned Facebook. Now I have returned.

William Gillette film

Like many of my fellow Sherlockians, I was positively gaga with excitement when it was announced that the "lost" Gillette silent Holmes film had been found and was being restored.

William Hope - Photograpaher of Spirits

My most recent book No Better Place spent a good deal of time covering the subject of Spiritualism and Spirit Photographs.

Which period?

When BBC Sherlock was first announced, and it was known that it would be set in the modern world, there was a flurry of debate on the subject.

A bit of amateur market research

A really great source of material on Arthur Conan Doyle's life during his first marriage is very hard to get hold of these days....

Review of No Better Place

There have not been too many reviews of my latest tome so far but here is a nice one from Bob Byrne.

We have a trailer and I love the look of it

Last night saw the release of a reasonable length trailer for the Victorian Sherlock special.

Some Sherlock Special Filming Footage

Mark Gatiss is soon to appear on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? Here is a trailer in which we some Sherlock special filming.

Undershaw watch

I happened to be in the vicinity of Hindhead over the weekend and took the opportunity to have a look at Undershaw.

Criterion Restaurant

It was back in June that we learned that the famous Criterion Restaurant, with its Sherlockian and Doylean connections, had gone into administration following a dramatic increase in rent rates.

A nice thing to receive

Back at the beginning of the year I made a donation to the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Public Library.

When will Holmes return to the shadows?

At the moment, with all things Sherlock riding high, it is perhaps difficult to remember a time when it wasn't thus.

We are custodians – nothing more….

I recently, as mentioned in other posts, secured a long wanted item…the autograph of Jeremy Brett.

Like, I suspect, many of my readers, I am a hoarder of things Sherlockian; although I am quite focused in what I do and do not collect. This is partly driven by my personal taste but also by space (or lack thereof).

The gallery develops

At home I have something of a Sherlockian gallery. The latest item is now in situ....

Interview with the Sherlock Holmes Society of India

In a recent post I talked about how I had met Jay Ganguly of The Sherlock Holmes Society of India.

Mission accomplished

I have never made a secret of my fondness for the Granada series starring Jeremy Brett.

The book I'm looking forward to...

As regular readers of this blog will know, I'm not overly excited by Sherlockian pastiche or homage.

Let's talk "restoration"

Undershaw has again risen to the top of the discussion chart with the recent news that a judge has permitted a further hearing to take place on the validity of the present school plans for the house.

Meeting with Jay Ganguly

Today I briefly met with Jay Ganguly of The Sherlock Holmes Society of India. We had a nice chat...

David Stuart Davies at Edinburgh

David Stuart Davies, who was kind enough to pen a foreword for my latest book, has a show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

Undershaw - want to know the history?

Undershaw is regularly in the spotlight but too few people know its importance in the life of Conan Doyle.

Mr Holmes - Review

Well I'm admittedly a little behind everyone else but here's my review of Mr Holmes.

Criterion Restaurant in danger

I have just learned that famous London restaurant The Criterion is going into administration following an astonishing leap in rent.

No Better Place - not long to wait

I don't really know what percentage of my blog's readership are really interested in Arthur Conan Doyle but....

Book Review : Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker

There is always one huge problem with trying to write any book concerning Sherlock Holmes or Arthur Conan Doyle.

Video Ideas

The green screen kit arrived a few days ago so I've been giving even more thought to future excursions into YouTube.

The (never ending) wait for Sherlock Series 4

Ever since the end of series three, fans have been eager to know when they would get their next Sherlock fix.

SHSL 2015 Annual General Meeting

Last night saw the Annual General Meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. It took place, as usual, at the National Liberal Club.

Questions, questions.

Not that long ago I made the suggestion that my next YouTube video might take the form of a Q&A.

New Book - Final Front Cover

I am now able to do two things at once. I can reveal the finished front cover and, at the same time, the identity of the author of my guest foreword.

Documentary number two - an idea

Now that I've launched my first little YouTube documentary, I'm keen to do another one.

Moriarty Documentary.....worries

I recently committed myself to putting together a documentary (of sorts) on the Canonical Professor Moriarty.

Time served....almost!

Last night I attended my last Council meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

Sherlock Holmes and Politics

Given that, here in the UK, we've now entered the General Election season, is it perhaps time to wonder what Sherlock Holmes's political affiliation would have been?

Review: TV Series - Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

I've had quite a Holmesian Easter. My book has required my attention and I've been doing a little research in other areas. More exciting, however, has been the opportunity to watch the series Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson for the first time.

I have a draft cover now

As some of my Twitter followers now know, I am in possession of the first draft of my book's cover.

Latest book - update

Not too much to report, but I thought I'd provide an update on where I am with the latest book.


Yesterday I sent my thoughts on the cover for my next book to my publisher.

Review: Arthur and George - Part 1

Last night saw the UK broadcast of part one of Arthur & George starring Martin Clunes. This review is spoiler free.

The agony of suspense

When it comes to the process of writing a book this is the part that is the most frustrating...

"Lost" Sherlock Holmes story - my thoughts

If the historian Walter Elliot, who discovered the story which he believed to be a lost Sherlock Holmes story, wanted publicity he certainly got it....

Simpson's in the Strand - could be under threat

According to the Telegraph Simpson's in the Strand - a favoured haunt of both Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous creation is under threat.

Winter BSJ has arrived

This hit the doormat yesterday....

What do we really thrive on?

We Sherlockians do love books. We especially love the scholarly works that seek to offer us an insight into the mind of ACD.