The Initialed Tobacco Pouch

The tobacco pouch in BLAC is initialed P.C. Abd the story has two characters¬†with the same initials:¬† Peter Carey and Patrick Cairns. Isn’t ACD pushing the limits of what’s believable in Black Peter? Isn’t it just too coincidental? ~RSK~ ~RSK¬†

Inspector Stanley Hopkins

Jack Tracy in Encyclopaedia Sherlockiana states that Stanley Hopkins was born in 1865 and impressed Holmes with his promise as a detective. He appears in GOLD, ABBE, BLAC, and MISS. He has been played by actor Joseph Fiennes, shown below next to Sidney Paget’s illustration of the inspector from the story¬†Black Peter

Stanley Hopkins’s all-too-vivid description of the murder scene in¬†Black Peter: “Well I have fairly steady nerves, as you know Mr Holmes, but I give you my word that I got a shake when I put my head into that little house. It was drone like a harmonium¬† with flies and bluebottles, and the floor and…

Captain Carey

From Black Peter: “I have a few dates here which will give the career of the dead man, Captain Peter Carey.¬† He was born in ’45 — fifty years of age. He was a most daring and successful seal and whale fisher. In 1883 he commanded the steam sealer¬†Sea Unicorn, of Dundee.” ¬† ¬† ¬†…

Was Holmes an ‘Artist’?

“Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art’s sake….” I wonder if Sherlock Holmes considered himself an artist? He frequently berates Watson for not writing up the cases as if they were syllogisms, so one can’t help but wonder — whatever strange forms art may take in the blood — if the Master…