Question for those of you who know your Holmes: Is "Uncle Rudy" borrowed from Conan Doyle?
The reason I ask is, in addition to Mycroft's reference to a cross-dressing Uncle Rudy in "Last Vow," sfmpco noticed yesterday that Laurie R. King's Holmes has an Uncle Rudy (in the current short story, "The Marriage of Mary Russell"). It would appear that either A] King borrowed Rudy from Moftiss (in apparent exchange for their borrowing her title "Monstrous Regiment of Women"); or B] they both borrowed him from canon (or at least, from elsewhere).
So -- is Uncle Rudy ACD canon? Or more broadly, was he ever mentioned in a Holmesian context before "Last Vow"?
To be precise, the King story mentions a Cousin Rudy, rather than an uncle. Still, suspicious. Maybe he's Rudy, Jr.?