Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War

Gods of War By James Lovegrove Reviewed by Ardy This novel is set in 1913, and starts us off with Watson visiting Holmes’ retirement cottage at Eastbourne. Of course, you’re never allowed a holiday if you’re a detective or his loyal friend – not even if you’re retired. And so our dynamic duo have to… Read More »

Book Review: Knightley and Son

Knightley and Son By Rohan Gavin Reviewed by Ardy Having been raised on children’s crime fiction, I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for it. Therefore, I was very pleased to be reviewing Rohan Gavin’s debut novel, Knightley and Son, which is aimed at the younger readership. Darkus Knightley is a perfectly ordinary… Read More »

GoPop and Our Commentary Reviewed!

Sora, who you may know as our graphic designer, has taken the time to review the GoPop app featuring our commentary on Sherlock Series 1. She wasn’t involved in the making of the tracks or anything, so this was a fully new experience for her. If you’re been unsure of whether to grab the app,… Read More »

Elementary Review 02 x 24 – The Grand Experiment

It’s a bad sign when your lead-up episode to the finale is more exciting than your finale. This is not to say Elementary’s season 2 finale was bad – it just felt sulking. Honestly, it felt annoyed to have to wrap things up… or maybe it was just taking on Sherlock’s general attitude about life… Read More »

Elementary Review 02 x 23 – Art in the Blood

This review is full of SPOILERS. Do not read if you haven’t seen the episode and want to remain the dark. With only one episode remaining in Season 2 of Elementary, it was clearly time for the showrunners to reveal a couple key details about Mycroft. After spending an entire season violently changing my mind… Read More »

Book Review & Giveaway: The Remedy

The Remedy by Thomas Goetz Reviewed by Kristina Manente, The Baker Street Babes I have always been a history nerd. The past and how today came to be has been a constant fascination and a perfect day for me would to be sitting among ruins, taking in the history around me. As much as I love… Read More »

Book Review: Jewel of the Thames

 Jewel of the Thames By Angela Misri Reviewed by Amy Thomas, The Baker Street Babes I’m a happy book reviewer. A lot of times, when I review Holmesian literature, I come out with one of two perspectives: Either a book is a respectable pastiche but lags or is stilted in writing style, or it’s entertainingly… Read More »

Book Review: The Professor Moriarty Novels by Michael Kurland

The Professor Moriarty Novels by Michael Kurland Reviewed by Ardy, The Baker Street Babes The Professor Moriarty novels are a five-part series by Michael Kurland. The first in the series, The Infernal Device, was published in 1978, so it will no doubt already be familiar to some Sherlockians (or indeed Moriartians). This review will concern… Read More »

Book Review: Charlie Milverton and Other Sherlock Holmes Stories

Charlie Milverton and Other Sherlock Holmes Stories by Charlotte Anne Walters Reviewed by Amy Thomas, The Baker Street Babes Charlie Milverton, a collection of five Sherlock Holmes stories, is certainly a book of its time. Prior to 2010, modernized Holmes stories existed, but the inception and meteoric rise of Sherlock and Elementary have brought the idea into vogue in an… Read More »

Elementary Review 02 x 20 – No Lack of Void

Jonny Lee Miller is underrated. I understand that the Cumberbatch shadow is nearly as large as that of a 40 story sky scraper, but the man is killing it week after week and No Lack of Void was a shining example of how he is evolving this character into something so much more than a… Read More »

Elementary 02 x 19 – The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville

So things got in the way of this review and for that, I apologize. You know, nerdy things, Sherlock things. 221B Con was a big success and I am better you’ll all love the live podcast from the Con in the weeks to come. Then there were the Shorty Awards, which we didn’t win, but… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 18 – The Hound of the Cancer Cells

After nearly two seasons and more than forty episodes, for the first time ever, I was thoroughly creeped out by a murder on Elementary this week. Helium death not only sounds creepy, it is remarkably simple to pull off. And while I found myself comparing the hallucinogenic effects described and seen in BBC’s Sherlock and… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 17 – Ears to All

Last week I hoped Lestrade would be given a chance to redeem himself before season 2 came to a close. Well, my wish came true. When Elementary excels, it’s because they’re focusing on relationships. Between Holmes and everyone else, yes, but also specifically when the people in Holmes’s life intersect and can teach one another… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 16 – The One Percent Solution

Sometimes I find myself at a dinner party talking about Sherlock Holmes related topics, because yeah, I’m a BSB, of course I’m talking about Holmes at dinner parties. Anyway, after all topics related to Benedict Cumberbatch and the BBC are exhausted, I try to kindly stir people towards CBS’s Elementary. I often find myself saying… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 15 – Corpse De Ballet

Don’t you hate it when crime procedurals hire way too famous an actor for a part, thus, giving away the killer far too early in the episode and deflating any sense of drama from the story? Yeah, me too. It’s been said before, but this week it was easy to see that CBS often falls… Read More »

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes at The Pleasance, Islington

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes by Tim Norton Review by Ardy It’s hard to summarise this play without spoiling it, but I’ll give it my best shot. The basic premise of the play is that it’s 1930 and Holmes’ drug use has made such a dent in the finances of our favourite pair of… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02×14 – Dead Clade Walking

I don’t want to be so bold as to suggest that dinosaurs are a sure fire way to get wavering fans back into a show, BUT, dinosaurs sure did keep me interested in Elementary this week. Joan has been revisiting some of Sherlock’s “unsolved” cases and comes across an unusual homicide where a man’s home… Read More »

Sherlock: His Last Vow Review

Sherlock Series 3 Review: CONTAINS SPOILERS! His Last Vow By Steven Moffat Review By Taylor Blumenberg This post contains spoilers!!!! His Last Vow is the third and sadly final episode of Sherlock season three and sees a return to the single writer formula after last week’s co-credited episode. Directed by Nick Hurran, who was also… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 12 – The Diabolical Kind

While the world patiently waited for Sherlock to return, Elementary served as a worthy distraction these last 24 months. There were plenty of reasons to believe this American-dwelling Holmes would never be a worthy comparison to our BBC baby, but over time, I’ve become increasingly attached to Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu’s take on… Read More »

The Sign Of Three Review

Sherlock Series 3 Reviews: CONTAINS SPOILERS! The  Sign Of Three By Steve Thompson, Mark Gatiss, & Steven Moffat Review By Ardy This post contains spoilers!!!! Trials and Triangles. The second episode of the third series is also the second episode we experience from Sherlock’s rather than John’s point of view. Let’s talk a bit of tech… Read More »

The Empty Hearse Review

Sherlock Series 3 Reviews: CONTAINS SPOILERS! The Empty Hearse By Mark Gatiss Review By Kafers R This post contains spoilers!!!! The episode begins the way we all hoped it would, with an explosive reveal as to how Sherlock faked his death. It seems like something from Die Hard-esque action flick, with quick fire changes, a… Read More »

Review: Maria Konnikova’s Mastermind – How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Mastermind – How to Think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes Sherlock Holmes is a superhero, and his superpower is his ability to use his brain. Maria Konnikova has written a book which offers us insight into this superpower and enables us to become a little bit… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 11 – Internal Audit

Alfredo!!!!!!! Did the Elementary writers hear my calls? Did they see into my dreams? Did they read my tweets? Whatever the reason, I’m so glad to report that Sherlock Holmes’s sponsor, friend and fellow expert lock picker is back. Holmes is still reeling from recent incidents with Detective Bell and a visit to his sponsor’s… Read More »

Elementary Review: 02 x 10 – Tremors

Elementary is back on track, Sherlockians. And it’s not just because Jonny Lee Miller looks adorable in an apron. Tremors is one of the most compelling episodes of Season 2, potentially of the series to date, because it broke out of the crime procedural model a bit and focused instead on the gray areas of… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02 x 09 – On The Line

Not every cop loves Holmes and Watson. And why would they? They are constantly solving their cases or identifying problems in their investigations. I’ve always wondered what every other cop thought about their work and this week we get a clue. The contempt Holmes has for incompetence is always bubbling beneath the surface as he… Read More »

Review: New Russian Holmes 01×01-02 – Baker Street, 221B

Sadly The Baker Street Babes haven’t learned Russian, but thankfully, Curly has a Russian speaking, Holmes loving flatmate. As such, here’s a review of the new Russian Sherlock Holmes series’ first double episode! It stars Igor Petrenko as Sherlock Holmes and Andrey Panin as Dr. Watson. ШЕРЛОК ХОЛМС airs on россия 1. It’s available online to… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02×08 – Blood is Thicker

Last week’s Elementary was a high, high point for the season. Anything that came after it really had to shine or it was going to feel like a total letdown. Unfortunately, this episode fell flat for me. I was hopeful when I saw we were going to get to hang out with Rhys Ifans for… Read More »

Review: Kieran McMullen’s Sherlock Holmes and the Black Widower

Sherlock Holmes and the Black Widower by Kieran McMullan Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes Kieran McMullan has written a book which initially asks a lot of the reader in terms of adjusting generally assumed characteristics of the protagonists. Holmes has moved to Sussex and kept Mrs Hudson as his house keeper. Mrs… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02×07 – The Marchioness

I have never been so excited and so enraged at a character’s return as I was in the first few moments of The Marchioness. When a panning shot at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting reveals Mycroft Holmes (played brilliantly by Rhys Ifans) listening in on his brother’s vulnerable and telling reveal of why he believes he… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02×05 – Ancient History

This week‘s episode felt a bit like an interlude after the first few episodes of this season have either broadened our horizon by giving us backstories of Joan and Sherlock, or by connecting contemporary issues with their line of work. Although all the main players were there and some allusions to the beginning on the… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02 x 04 – Poison Pen

I get the feeling Elementary is testing us. They want to introduce a new side of Sherlock Holmes. A sensitive, emotive, even empathetic Holmes, whom trusts others at their word, emotes effusively and even relates to the pain of others with great depth and intensity. Using the term Emo-Holmes may seem trite, but don’t mistake… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02 x 03 – We Are Everyone

A government contractor by day and hacker by night leaks government secrets to the media and then disappears. Sound familiar? When I said last week that Elementary was modernizing, going more high tech, I wasn’t wrong. What I am surprised is just how well timed this story aligns with the release of The Fifth Estate,… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02×02 – Solve for X

Could someone kill over a math problem?  That’s the essential question at hand in Solve for X. The second most essential question is why haven’t the producers featured a Sherlock workout scene before? Hot damn. Here’s the facts of the case: Two mathematicians are on the cusp of solving one of the most difficult problems… Read More »

Review: Elementary 02×01 – Step Nine

Elementary 02×01 – Step Nine Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes     If you haven’t watched Elementary yet, do yourself a favor, forget the prejudices, and watch that show. It’s nothing like Sherlock BBC in all the good ways. And I am saying that as a huge BBC fan. But seriously, it’s… Read More »

App Review–Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus

      Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus Reviewed by Amy Thomas, The Baker Street Babes Ladies, Gentleman, and Airship Captains, grab your iPads! I hardly know where to begin this review, so brimful am I with Holmesian, Steampunk, geekish glee. Several months ago, I had a chance to help my fellow Baker Street… Read More »

Review: The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes: The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes As an art lover, I derive special joy from visiting museums like the Met in New York or the National Gallery. There’s a somewhat impish part of me, however, that takes more than a little… Read More »

Review: (Sherlockian) Christmas in July

Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes July begins the second half of the year, and it’s a good time to start thinking about what to buy for people on your Christmas list. For most Sherlockians, books are always a welcome gift. Two yuletide-themed tomes recently caught my eye.Sherlock Holmes: Have Yourself a Chaotic… Read More »

Review: The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany by Roger Johnson & Jean Upton

  The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany by Roger Johnson and Jean Upton Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes Before I start I must admit that I am a bit biased. I have met both Roger and Jean on several occasions and they are absolutely wonderful people; so even if this book would be terrible… Read More »

Review: The Amateur Executioner

The Amateur Executioner By Dan Andriacco and Kieran McMullen Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes  The new collaborative novel by two seasoned Sherlock Holmes novelists is a rare type of book for me to review, since it does not directly star Sherlock Holmes. Instead, the world’s greatest detective has a prominent supporting role… Read More »

Review: Elementary 01×22 – Risk Management

Elementary 01×22 – Risk Management Reviewed by Liz Giorgi Being Geek Chic For The Baker Street Babes   This is spoilery right from the get go. You’ve been warned. Moriarty may have finally revealed himself last week, but he’s still just a disembodied voice on a cell phone. So no Moriarty face yet, but we… Read More »

Review: The Curse of Sherlock Holmes – A Play in Two Acts By Dhanil Ali

The Curse of Sherlock Holmes by Dhanil Ali Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes I am always a bit weary of reading plays which I haven’t seen performed, knowing that simply reading a play silently rarely does the text justice. When I received my review copy of the play from MX Publishing, I… Read More »

Review: Elementary 01×21 – Landmark Story

  Elementary 01×21 – Landmark Story Reviewed by Liz Giorgi Being Geek Chic For The Baker Street Babes   The Moriarty mystery finally picks back up where it left off this week and with it came momentum, excitement and one of the best scenes in the series yet. This Moriarty mystery episode is all spoilers… Read More »

Review: The Devil’s Grin by Annelie Wendeberg

The Devil’s Grin by Annelie Wendeberg Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes The title of the novel is intriguing already, and the story begins with the account of Dr. Anton Kronberg’s adventures in 1889. Dr. Kronberg, the leading epidemiologist of his time is called to examine a cholera victim in the north of… Read More »

Review: Elementary 01×20 – Dead Man’s Switch

Elementary 01×20- Dead Man’s Switch Reviewed by Liz Giorgi Being Geek Chic For The Baker Street Babes   You know what I really wish they would try on Elementary? Sherlock Holmes being happy. Sure, he has these momentary (and by momentary, I mean two seconds) instances of pleasure whilst solving a case, but the fact… Read More »

Review: The Revenge Of Sherlock Holmes at Hoxton Hall + Minicast!

The Revenge Of Sherlock Holmes Performed at Hoxton Hall, London. Reviewed by Ardy The Baker Street Babes Jenn and I went to see The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes at Hoxton Hall a couple of days ago. The posters promised “a Music Hall musical of elementary magnificence” with “more Victoriana than even Prince Albert could handle”…. Read More »

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Crystal Blue Bottle By Luke Benjamin Kuhns et al. Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes   Graphic novels—throughout my life, they’ve been on the periphery of my consciousness, something I appreciate as an art form and sometimes leaf through in the bookstore, but rarely something I… Read More »

Review: Elementary 01×19 – Snow Angels

Elementary 01×19 – Snow Angels Reviewed by Liz Giorgi Being Geek Chic For The Baker Street Babes   I have a new idea for a movie. Sherlock Holmes, Joan Watson and Pam the snowplow driver go on a cross-country adventure solving crime and rescuing stranded motorists. A buddy cop comedy in blaze orange. You know… Read More »

Review: Elementary 01×18 – Deja Vu All Over Again

Elementary 01×18 – Deja Vu All Over Again Reviewed by Liz Giorgi Being Geek Chic For The Baker Street Babes   This week’s episode of Elementary begins with a flashback and a question: What kind of name is Sherlock? Turns out that our case this week, as well as the case of Sherlock Holmes’ psyche,… Read More »

Review: My Particular Friend

My Particular Friend By Jennifer Petkus Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes As a book reviewer, I try to keep an open mind. That said, when author Jennifer Petkus approached me with a book she described as a Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen mashup, I was a little bit dubious. For one thing,… Read More »

Review: Roger Oldfield: Outrage – The Edalji Five and the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes

Outrage – The Edalji Five and The Shadow Of Sherlock Holmes By Roger Oldfield Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes   Outrage – The Edalji Five and the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes – a book about George Edalji and his family; but what does it all have to do with Sherlock Holmes, you… Read More »

Review: The Illustrated Speckled Band

The Illustrated Speckled Band Ed. by Leslie S. Klinger Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes The idea of Sherlock Holmes in the theater tends to bring images of William Gillette to mind, the actor whose play Sherlock Holmes and portrayal of the detective garnered acclaim that continues to this day. Less well known… Read More »

Review: The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, 2nd Edition

The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, 2nd Edition By Kathleen Kaska Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes It’s a great time to enter the world of Sherlock Holmes. The BBC’s Sherlock series and the Guy Ritchie Holmes films have ushered in millions of new fans, a great many of whom have gone… Read More »

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania

Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania by Gerry O’Hara Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania is John Watson’s account of a case which leads him and Holmes to encounter Count Dracula. The beginning of the novel harks back to the beginning of the film “The… Read More »

Review: An Entirely New Country

An Entirely New Country  By Alistair Duncan  Reviewed by Maria Fleischhack The Baker Street Babes Being familiar with Alistair Duncan through the Save Undershaw campaign, I was very interested in reading An Entirely New Country, which is set against the backdrop of the ten years Arthur Conan Doyle spent at Undershaw, the house he designed… Read More »

Review: The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson

The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson By Phil Growick Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes Upcoming publication The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson takes Sherlock Holmes and his Boswell on an adventure to Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, putting them in contact with historical and fictional figures alike as they pursue the rescue… Read More »

Review: Raffles: A Perfect Wicket

Raffles: A Perfect Wicket By Richard Foreman Reviewed by Dawn Guest Writer for The Baker Street Babes Raffles: A Perfect Wicket, is the third story about Raffles and Bunny, written expertly by Richard Foreman. During a dry spell in the nightly activities of thieving, Raffles is invited to a party at Lord Rosebery’s by Lucy,… Read More »

Review: Raffles: Bowled Over

Raffles: Bowled Over By Richard Foreman Reviewed by Dawn Guest Writer for The Baker Street Babes Raffles: Bowled Over is the title of Richard Foreman’s second story about A. J. Raffles, amateur thief and professional cricketer. An apt title, since that’s exactly how this reader felt. In this second story which picks up where Raffles: The… Read More »

Review: Shadowfall

Shadowfall  By Tracy Revels Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes This review is going to begin atypically. Instead of providing the usual overview of the novel’s plot, I’m going to go ahead and acknowledge the elephant in the room: Shadowfall is a fantasy novel. Tracy Revels unabashedly places Holmes and Watson in a… Read More »

Review: Raffles: The Gentleman Thief

Raffles: The Gentleman Thief By Richard Foreman Reviewed by Dawn Guest Writer for The Baker Street Babes A fan of Sherlock Holmes? Read E. W. Hornung’s stories about the gentleman thief A. J. Raffles and his trusty sidekick Bunny, written lovingly and tounge-in-cheek by Conan Doyle’s friend and brother-in-law. A fan of Sherlock Holmes and… Read More »

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy

Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy By David Ruffle Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes   The second Lyme Regis outing by Sherlockian David Ruffle finds Watson again making his way to the coastal town, only to become tangled in a series of murders that mimic the methods of some of Holmes’s most famous… Read More »

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror

Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror Expanded 2nd Edition By David Ruffle Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror begins with an innocent excursion to a seaside town. Within a few pages, however, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves embroiled in a mysterious and horrible… Read More »

Review: Mycroft Holmes & The Adventure of the Silver Birches

Mycroft Holmes & The Adventure of the Silver Birches  By David Dickinson Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes  The beginning of The Adventure of the Silver Birches alerts the reader to the vacuum created by the retirement of Sherlock Holmes, and his absence sets the tone for a story in which his elder… Read More »

Review: A Study In Sherlock

A Study in Sherlock Ed. By Laurie R. King and Les Klinger Reviewed by Amy Thomas The Baker Street Babes Ever since the publication of the Sherlock Holmes canon, the four novels and fifty-six short stories that comprise Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s official Holmes output, authors have been appropriating his characters for their own use…. Read More »

Game of Shadows: Five Stars Full of Explosions, Laughs, and Heartstrings

No spoilers for the plot, just a general.over view with teasers of certain scenes. Read with caution if you want to be totally in the dark. Curly here, and I just got back from the midnight showing of A Game of Shadows. I am still trying to get my emotions in check. I like the… Read More »