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Editor, bookstore owner, publisher and Baker Street Irregular Otto Penzler joins us to talk about the making of The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories and how he does what he does for mystery lovers.

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Now here's something interesting.  Perusing the correspondence between Christopher Morley and Edgar Smith (beautifully available online thanks to bsitrust.org and the connection to the Houghton Library at Harvard) I today came across three tidbits.  

First, you may recall in IHOSE #75 we interviewed Sonia Fetherston about her book about Bliss Austin, and in so doing explored the mystery of Helen Yuhasova.  Morley writes to Smith in January 1945, copying out Ms. Yuhasova's verse ("I hear your footsteps patter in the hall;") mentioning his wish to write to her.  How she afterwards was believed to be a figment is odd indeed.  

Second, Morley writes to Edgar that he saw Conan Doyle in the flesh (and what flesh, he remarked) several times.  One wonders when those sightings occurred. Morley describes him as SOS - a simple, old soul.  "Only his agent and estate regard him as a woodpile," writes Morley, meaning grist for cash.  

Finally, Morley stayed at Undershaw, then a hotel, in November 1947 and remarked upon the stained glass panels -- coats of arms for the "Foleys of Worcs., the Conans of Brittany, the Scotts of Nurley, and the Percys of Northumberland."  He found these deeply amusing.

It is a great treat to read these original letters online and a visit to bsitrust.org is recommended, certainly before your spellcheck corrects it to bistro.org, which is, on the other hand, completely useless.

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Please check out my new novel "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes."  Kirkus Reviews calls it “…the kind of narrative Gordian knot that Holmes aficionados will relish.  Overall, it’s a fun, fine setup for a new series pairing Watson with a plucky young partner.”

It’s 1912 and Sherlock Holmes has been murdered. After 8 years of retirement in Sussex, Holmes is found dead in a granary in Kent. Now his most trusted friend, Dr. Watson and Christopher Hudson, recent Oxford graduate and son of Holmes’s loyal landlady, Mrs. Hudson, are left to track down the murderer.

In a story that winds from the upscale streets of Mayfair to the grimy East End, Watson and Christopher Hudson encounter friends and foes from the past including Professor Moriarty (now imprisoned beneath Bethlem “Bedlam” Hospital for the Insane) and Inspector Lestrade, and face new antagonists from members of Parliament to a rising organized crime ring. 

In the process of discovering the "who" and "why" of Holmes’ murder, Watson and Christopher confront sins of the past and an evolving London culture and economy moving forward to a more modern era.

Find it at: 
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"he must certainly have been a giant" [WIST]

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It's time for our monthly podcast episode. We welcome Bob Katz, BSI and Andy Solberg, BSI to chat about the manuscript of "The Adventure of the Second Stain," which they've brought to life in the new BSI publication: Irregular Stain.   #podcast   #sherlockholmes  

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The late BSI Bill Rabe came up with the idea of banishing overused words from the English language while at his day job at Lake Superior State University. Every January 1, LSSU releases their list and it is picked up by the press. If you listen to to IHOSE "Episode 23: Weekend in Review" you will hear Peter Blau's wonderful tribute to Bill Rabe. It makes me wish I had met him, but it's nice to know that he lives on in the Sherlockian world and, through LSSU's Banished Word List, the world in general.

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One of the nicest guys you could have ever met.

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Congrats to +Karen W for her mention in Matt Laffey's Always 1895 post (March 9-15). Her "Small Pond" blog gets mention for her seven part report on her first BSI Weekend. As I have never been, I am reading her blog now with great interest.

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