From time to time, people have asked me to comment on Sherlock Holmes, in ways other than what the novels provide. This collection of eight documents have all been published before, occasionally in slightly different versions. Some of them are straight nonfiction; others participate wholeheartedly in "The Game," that wildly imaginative edifice of Sherlockian schlorship built upon the solemn declaration that Holmes and Watson were absolutely real, that Conan Doyle was but their literary agent, and that the stories are absolutely factual--if only we lesser mortals can figure out the apparent flaws and omissions.
This collection includes the following essays:
Dr. Watson's War Wound, which was delivered as a guest lecture to the annual Baker Street Irregulars, where I solemnly played the game--complete with footnotes!
The Sabine Baring-Gould and Sherlock Holmes essay was published in the UK journal of the Sabine Baring_Gould Appreciation Society (which turned out to be a bit rude to Sabine's grandson who plagarized his grandfather's memoirs).
A Holmes Chronology is an explanation of why "my" Sherlock Holmes isn't an aged geezer whenb Mary Russell walks over him on the Sussex Downs in 1915.
Sherlock Holmes on Beekeeping, from the long lost volume by Holmes on his research into bees.
Art in the Blood was commmissioned by Penquin for their website as an introduction to Arthur Conal Doyle.
. . . and three more. Textrual, Higher, Radical, and Midrashic Sherlockian Criticism: and introduction to The Grand Game, Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles, and LRK on ACD.
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About the Author
Laurie R. King is a third generation Californian with a background in theology, whose first crime novel (1993′s A Grave Talent) won the Edgar and Creasey awards. Her yearly novels range from police procedurals and stand-alones to a historical series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.) Her books have won the Edgar, Creasey, Wolfe, Lambda, and Macavity awards, and appear regularly on the New York Times bestseller list.