Fans of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian England, and history in general will all find interesting tidbits to carry away.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle references many everyday Victorian activities and aspects that are lost on the twenty-first century reader. These short essays provide modern readers a better understanding of Victorian England and greater insight into the world of Sherlock Holmes. His cases take on richer meaning when the reader grasps the subtleties of such details as the blue ribbon mentioned in "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box," the doss houses Shinwell Johnson knew about, or how one contracted brain fever.
Originally published in Sherlockian newsletters across the world, these short essays carry the reader back to London, 1895 and the world of the most famous consulting detective. Topics covered include:
- Horse racing
- The Victorian Wedding
- The Temperance Movement
- London Smog
- Brain Fever
- The Port of Dundee
- Doss Houses
- Bradshaw's Companion
- Bicycles and the New Woman
- Public Houses
- Microscopes and Magnifying Glasses
- Ciphers and Codes
- Cambridge and Oxford
- The Art of Disguise
- Brief History of Tea
Return, once again, to Victorian England and the residents of 221B Baker Street.
"We have…always found [Dr. Sherwood-Fabre's] essays to be both entertaining and informative as well as very well researched."
--Joel Senter, editor The Sherlockian E-Times
Award-winning author Liese Sherwood-Fabre knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ in the second grade for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. She has recently turned a childhood interest in Sherlock Holmes into an as-yet unpublished series on Sherlock growing up in a rather unusually gifted family. Her research into Victorian England has led her to share essays with other Sherlockians across the world and to become active in the local Dallas society, the Crew of the Barque Lone Star. Each month, her articles appear in more than a dozen Sherlockian newsletters world-wide. She made the first twenty-four of these essays available in "The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes, Volume One" and has now gathered the second twenty-four into Volume Two. She is active in several Sherlockian scions and has presented at several events on Victorian and Sherlockian subjects.