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Sherlock Holmes trivia and 3 interesting books I came across this month
October 10, 2015

Meghashyam here from

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Let's start off with...

The Weird and Crazy Sherlockian Fact of the Month

This month, instead of one fact, I thought I'd talk about some cool trivia-bits about the original Sherlock Holmes stories and novels.

For example, which Sherlock Holmes story is the oldest? Which one's the youngest? Shortest? The most popular?

After a bit of research, here's what I found...

The oldest Sherlock Holmes story or novel: A Study in Scarlet (November, 1887) - it's more 127 years and 11 months old! Incredible how amazing it still seems when you read it.

The oldest Sherlock Holmes short story: A Scandal in Bohemia (June 25, 1891) - it's more than 124 years and 3 months old. Wow.

The 'youngest' Sherlock Holmes short story: Shoscombe Old Place (March 5, 1927) - it's more than 88 years and 7 months old.

The longest Sherlock Holmes book: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Around 109,674 words.)

The longest Sherlock Holmes novel: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Around 57,644 words.)

The longest Sherlock Holmes story: The Naval Treaty (Around 12,236 words. Some Sherlockians say it's unnecessarily long but I love it.)

The shortest Sherlock Holmes story: The Veiled Lodger (Around 4,370 words. This is one Holmes story I'm just 'OK' about.)

And finally...

The most popular Sherlock Holmes story or novel (According to Google): The Hound of the Baskervilles (22,200 Google searches every month on an average!)

The least popular Sherlock Holmes story (According to Google): The Stock-broker's Clerk (Just 30 Google searches every month on an average. :-()


What's New at Sherlock Holmes Fan?

An Interesting Question About Sherlock Holmes' Hair, His Hats, Whether He Was Left or Right Handed and More!

This month, a reader from Las Vegas in the US asked me some refreshing questions about Sherlock Holmes.

So, I put on my 'research' hat and delved into the stories to come up with the answers. Take a peek at the questions here:

It's a fun, mixed-bag sort of page with oodles of trivia about Sherlock Holmes! I had a lot of fun creating it.

This Month's Sherlockian Discoveries

From this month onwards, I plan to recommend interesting books/movies/comics/videos/products - or anything unique related to Sherlock Holmes that I come across during the previous month.

This month, I came across three fascinating books about Sherlock Holmes. All of these books excited me and made me feel pretty intrigued!

The first one's a book that was first published all the way back in 1999!

It's called The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Sherlock Holmes. Interesting name.

I stumbled upon it thanks to Sherlockian Dan Andriacco's blog. According to Andriacco, the book features some fun Victorian money conversions, discussions about orders of British nobility and tit-bits about each of the original stories.

Here's a link to the book's details page:

Then there was this other book series I came across called the Barry Baskerville series. So, this Barry dude is a young boy who loves Sherlock Holmes. And he uses his own 'deductions' to solve cases. This is basically a kids book series. If you've got a kid who's 7 to 10 years old, you should look at it's Amazon page:

The third book is a book that's been on my wishlist - ever since I heard of it: Sherlock Chronicles. This book about BBC Sherlock - was first released by Penguin in 2014, but a new version is now being released by Harper Collins on October 27, 2015.

The book apparently features 'unprecedented access to BBC Sherlock's production team’s archives, as well as all-new interviews, unseen script pages, more than 500 illustrations...'

Sounds good to me.


So, well, that's about it this month!

See you again next month. :-)

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PS: To be honest, I may sometimes (though not always) get a commission if you buy some of the Sherlockian books/videos/products I mention above. However, that's not at all why I'm mentioning them. I only mention stuff that sounds really interesting to me. Period.

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