Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past seven-odd months, you might have heard something about a little show on the CBS network called “Elementary.”
And if you have heard about “Elementary,” you no doubt know that in their efforts to differentiate their 21st century Holmes from that of BBC’s “Sherlock,” the show’s producers decided to set their stories in New York City. In the U.S. Good canonical devotees as you are, you’re also aware that, buried under myriad discussions of Watson’s gender is the fact that Holmes-in-America is really nothing new. In fact, we know that Holmes spent quite some time in Chicago as a spy, calling himself “Altamont.” Baring-Gould’s biography claims that he also spent 1879-1880 in the States as well, as an actor in the Sasanoff Shakespeare Company. If you read much Sherlockian fiction, you’ve seen Holmes spend a tremendous amount of time hopping back and forth across the Atlantic (with and without Watson, occasionally on the Titanic), solving crimes in NYC, Nevada mining camps, Florida, Minnesota, the Yukon, San Francisco, and just about everywhere in between. “Holmes in America” is a very popular trope in pastiche, and has inspired several collections, one of which can be yours!
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (NY: Minotaur, 2010) was compiled by Michael Kurland (who’s done a couple of these, as well as authored a series featuring Moriarty) and features familiar authors such as Gary Lovisi, Carole Buggé, and Steve Hockensmith, among others. Curious? Answer the following question to be entered in the drawing:
What tragedies and crimes did the Blue Carbuncle inspire?
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Day 6 Winner!
Congratulations to Jacquelyn Applegate, who knew that Holmes decorated his chemistry set in lieu of a Christmas tree in Granada’s version of “The Cardboard Box.”