I have been researching Victorian England to provide accurate background for a series using the Great Detective. At the moment, the first book is with my agent. In the mean time, I’ve been sharing what I’ve learned with Sherlockian society newsletters throughout the world. (For more on these groups, you can consult this Website.)
I collected the first 24 of these into a book. These are short (and sometimes with a touch of humor) discussions of various aspects of Victorian life that would have been known to Doyle’s original readers, but may be lost on a contemporary audience. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen’s clubs and the segregation of the queen bee, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.
It is available through most bookstore sites in both ebook and paperback. Links to some of the most popular can be found here.
Are you a Sherlock fan? Do you have a favorite? Basil Rathbone? Benedict Cumberbatch? Someone else?
The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Step back to 1895 England.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories are full of references to everyday Victorian activities and events that send the twenty-first century reader running to the reference shelf. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen’s clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system. These short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original stories, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Untangle the complexities of inheritance, the significance of “Dr.” in front of “Watson,” the importance of segregating the queen bee, and the dispute over the delivery of letters addressed to 221B Baker Street. Such examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world’s most famous consulting detective.