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    Sherlock Holmes/Doyle and The Whitechapel Murders 1888
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    A Study In Pink
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    A Scandal In Belgravia
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    The Empty Hearse
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  1. Hello all, I hope that everyone is well. For all lovers of the Brett series I thought I’d post these recent photographs of a 91 year old Colin Jeavons (Inspector Lestrade) I was going to post it yesterday but I forgot and was reminded today as i passed the street in West Bromwich where he grew up. https://www.google.com/search?q=colin+jeavons+&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwj898fAzNbzAhVGYxoKHZ3jBWoQ2-cCegQIABAC&oq=colin+jeavons+&gs_lcp=ChJtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1pbWcQAzIHCCMQ7wMQJzIFCAAQgAQyBAgAEB4yBAgAEBgyBAgAEBhQ1ccBWNbcAWDEvwJoAHAAeACAAU6IAe8GkgECMTSYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-img&ei=acpuYbyfJcbGaZ3Hl9AG&bih=1247&biw=1024&prmd=nisxv&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB#imgrc=5ZdbMYGis7eNsM&imgdii=aNgayMhfQuv5pM https://www.google.com/search?q=colin+jeavons+&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwj898fAzNbzAhVGYxoKHZ3jBWoQ2-cCegQIABAC&oq=colin+jeavons+&gs_lcp=ChJtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1pbWcQAzIHCCMQ7wMQJzIFCAAQgAQyBAgAEB4yBAgAEBgyBAgAEBhQ1ccBWNbcAWDEvwJoAHAAeACAAU6IAe8GkgECMTSYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-img&ei=acpuYbyfJcbGaZ3Hl9AG&bih=1247&biw=1024&prmd=nisxv&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB#imgrc=5ZdbMYGis7eNsM&imgdii=RTohtLqA-IEnjM https://www.google.com/search?q=colin+jeavons+&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwj898fAzNbzAhVGYxoKHZ3jBWoQ2-cCegQIABAC&oq=colin+jeavons+&gs_lcp=ChJtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1pbWcQAzIHCCMQ7wMQJzIFCAAQgAQyBAgAEB4yBAgAEBgyBAgAEBhQ1ccBWNbcAWDEvwJoAHAAeACAAU6IAe8GkgECMTSYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-img&ei=acpuYbyfJcbGaZ3Hl9AG&bih=1247&biw=1024&prmd=nisxv&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB#imgrc=5ZdbMYGis7eNsM&imgdii=N9KqiKE5TxdydM
  2. Sad news indeed. She was a talented lady and a brilliant Mrs Hudson. I’m not a religious man but I’d like to think of her meeting up with Rosalie Williams, Mary Gordon, Irene Handl, Minnie Rayner and all those other Mrs Hudson’s for tea and cakes to exchange stories about their troublesome tenant and his friend.🙂
  3. Hi Distrofol, Carol and Hikari, After reading Hikari’s post I’m afraid that my considered and in depth response is “ditto.” It can possibly be seen as an error by Holmes but as Hikari said he knew that Openshaw was young, fit and armed and felt that he should be reasonably safe on the crowded streets. Holmes and Watson could have escorted him of course but Holmes would already have been thinking about the steps that he needed to take and Baker Street was the place to be.
  4. Doyle was a horse rider himself. This is a photograph of him riding his horse Brigadier (named after his creation Brigadier Gerard) As well as the mention of racing in The Dancing Men (posted by Carol) and the obvious connection in Silver Blaze, horse racing also played a large part in the very last Holmes story that Doyle wrote Shoscombe Old Place.
  5. A few years ago I read The Alienist and then Angel Of Darkness by Caleb Carr and loved them both. I know that The Alienist was made into a tv series but I haven’t managed to see it yet. I recently bought The Italian Secretary by Carr which is a Holmes story set in Scotland. The Italian Secretary being David Rizzio, the favourite of Mary Queen Of Scots who was murdered by her husband Lord Darnley and his cronies. Rizzio doesn’t appear in the story of course except in suggested ghostly form. I really enjoyed this one. Any Holmes story has to get the basics right of course….the ‘voices’ of Holmes and Watson (and Mycroft who plays a significant part in the story) and the period atmosphere, and Carr does this well in my opinion. I’d certainly be interesting in reading more should Carr decided to dip his toes into the world of Holmes and Watson again. Cheap copies of this book are easily available.👍
  6. If anyone has an interest in true crime I’d recommend HH Holmes: The True History Of The White City Devil by Adam Selzer. There have been numerous books on HH Holmes but there won’t be a better researched one than this. He strips away all the myths and presents the story of a man that killed many people but nowhere near the numbers that are often attributed to him. He also debunks all of the stories of torture chambers and the like. HH Holmes was a horrible man but he was a conman constant juggling scams and usually with more than one court case pending. You almost have to take your hat off to him for avoiding prison for so long. Holmes didn’t kill for pleasure though but for gain or convenience. I guess you’d have to call him a sociopath. Someone with no real feeling for others. If someone became an obstacle to his plans they simply ‘disappeared.’ Tragically this even involved children. This is a brilliantly researched and well told story and I’m guessing that it might now e considered the last word on the terrible Mr Holmes.
  7. By the way, I’ve just taken delivery of Ratking by Michael Dibdin, my first Aurelio Zen novel. I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it though as the book that I’ve just started is 960 pages long.
  8. I thought that her name sounded a bit familiar so I just checked her on Wiki. She certainly had an eventful life Arcadia. I also saw that her third husband claimed that he was in fact the author of West With The Night but the evidence appears to be overwhelming that she did indeed write it. There was even a biographical mini-series about her on CBS in 1988 starting Stephanie Powers.
  9. Some Scottish accents can be difficult especially the further north you go up into the highlands. My Gran was Scottish and although she never lost her accent I’m guessing that it mellowed after 60 years or so in England. Her mother, my Great Grandmother never left Scotland but even her accent was fairly mild (to my ears anyway.) I do like the Geordie accent but to me, it’s difficult to distinguish that accent from others from the North East (places like Sunderland, Gateshead and Durham.) To those from that area they’re completely different of course. My accent is from an area known as the Black Country (in the Midlands) which often gets mistaken for a Birmingham accent. To me they sound absolutely different o course. To give an example, a Birmingham accent is Ozzy Osbourne. A Black Country accent is Lenny Henry (or Timothy Spall in Auf Wiedersehen Pet) I remember the scene in Who Killed Harry Field well. It was a brilliant episode with Freddie Jones as Harry’s father. The episode with Morse up high...was that the one about the stolen paintings by Alma Tadema? Was it called Ghost In The Machine or am I confusing the title with another episode?
  10. I just wanted to add that this thread isn’t just intended for just recommendations by me. It would be good to hear recommendations from anyone on whatever subject. I enjoyed the book Carol. It was nothing heavy or deep, just a good, well written whodunnit. I don’t want to put anyone off by my use of the word ‘supernatural’ though because there are no ghosts or monsters. Maybe a touch of the Midsomer Murders about it.
  11. This is just a thread where anyone can recommend books of any type: fiction or non-fiction Apart from Holmes stories I read very little fiction but I do have a few on my ‘to read’ or ‘to buy’ lists and the first book I’ve chosen is a fiction one which I’ve just finished. The author George Mann is a guy that I sort of knew. Before he became an author he was the Assistant Manager in a bookshop in a town close to where I live. Since then he’s been busy. He wrote a sci fi novel called The Human Abstract which he was working on when I knew him. Since then he’s written a series of steampunk novels featuring his characters Newbury & Hobbes and 4 books in a series called The Ghost. He’s also wrote a Dr Who novel set in the David Tennant era. I have to admit that I haven’t read any of these except for The Human Abstract which was very good. What I have read though is George’s 2 excellent Sherlock Holmes novels The Will Of The Dead and The Spirit Box. He’s also edited 4 collections of Holmes short stories. The book that I’ve just finished though, and the one that I’m recommending, is Wychwood. It’s set in Oxfordshire and follows a Journalist called Elspeth Reeves who returns to the village where she was s born, Wilsby-Under-Wychwood, after a failed relationship. While she’s living with her mom a series of strange murders occur which follow the folklore legend of the Carrion King. It goes without saying that she gets involved with the investigation. This is a really good read with an intriguing plot. If you like your crime fiction with a touch of folklore and the supernatural thrown in then I’d certainly recommend this one. It’s 346 pages but I read it over two evenings as it flies along at a brisk pace. George has written a sequel called Halloween which is already on my list.
  12. I’m wondering if they’ll find a way of having a young Lewis making a brief appearance in one of the new episodes? I wonder why Kevin Whately isn’t on our screens these days? He made a brief appearance here on stage at a recital that his daughter took part in (I didn’t know that she was a singer?) https://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/19195501.recital-family-occasion/ He also did some Charity work. His mother died as a result of Alzheimer’s. https://insidecroydon.com/2021/03/15/tv-star-calls-on-londoners-to-stride-out-for-mental-health/ I didn’t know until around a year ago that his wife actually appeared in Morse in the episode Masonic Mysteries. She managed to get murdered very early on though. I know that I’ve heard him doing voiceovers on tv fairly recently. I can only assume that he’s in a position where he can be pretty selective on any roles he might be offered or that he’s focusing on other things. He’s a well regarded actor who, as far as I’m aware, appears to be well liked, so I’d have expected more appearances. Maybe he doesn’t get offered the kind of roles that he is interested in playing? Maybe a bit of ageism here? Significant roles rarely go to 70 year olds (even fit and healthy looking ones like Kevin Whately) To be honest I’ve always expected some kind of one-off follow up to Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Four of the main characters are still alive and kicking after all. It was a really popular series but I’m not sure if it was seen in The States and whether it would transfer well especially with the broad accents. You may have needed subtitles Hikari but years of watching Morse and Lewis would give you a head start.👍🙂
  13. The copy that I have is the paperback will this design https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Strange-Norrell-Susanna-Clarke/dp/0747579881 Except that mine is red instead of black. There was certainly no issue with the printing or binding with mine Carol.
  14. I’m pretty sure that the series covers the whole book Arcadia and so unless Susanna Clarke writes a sequel there’s going to be no series 2. The series was very well received overall. I really need to finish watching it. I think that I’ve seen 4 of 7.
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