Doing my Holmeswork – Introduction

Today, I hit the books – that is to say, I hit WS Baring-Gould’s Annotated Sherlock Holmes. It did not take me long to realize that this journey would bring me into contact with mounds of fun facts and that I would be lost if I didn’t have the option of sharing them.

For example:

We all know that Holmes’ grandmother was the sister of Vernet, the French artist (GREE). The Canon does not say, however, which grandmother – maternal or paternal. However, we do know that Holmes’ ancestors are English country squires. It does not take a very large leap to assume that, in a patriarchal society, a man would trace his primary ancestry through his father. Therefore, the family is English through the paternal line and French through the maternal.

So this will be my place to share.

For an indefinite period of time, I will be tackling Sherlockiana and Victoriana, literary analysis and pastiche, chat rooms, book clubs, scholarly articles, historical fiction, historical fact, chronology, philology, and criminology – and I will be posting my findings here, along with my musings, questions, and brain-bunnies.


Why does anyone dive headlong into mountains of research? I’m writing a book.

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