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Maria Johnson
• Thursday, 29 July, 2021
• 9 min read

Fluffy clouds and little birds are amazing!!! We'd just returned from a quiet, civilized evening in the pub when our latest client arrived at Baker Street.

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Jack Griffin certainly knew how to make an entrance. Sherlock didn't want me to write up this case for reasons that will become obvious.

Sherlock's had some mad cases over the last couple of years and I wouldn't say I've ever got entirely used to them but nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for... Read More. I swear that my forthcoming wedding has softened Sherlock.

Sherlock described him as being completely “out of his mind” but I diagnosed that he was technically suffering... Read More. The When the owner of a Knights bridge Chinese restaurant was found lying face down in a plate of noodles, Lestrade came to see Sherlock.

The man, Terry Wong, had choked to death and, at first, it appeared to be an accident. When Ceylon Hassan died, it seemed to be a simple hit-and-run.

She'd been to the shops and was crossing the road outside her house when she was hit by a bus. The death of yoga teacher, Tim Long, was brought to our attention by his flatmate, Scott Began.

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Long had been found lying, dead, in a bath, but he hadn't drowned. I remember him once saying how everybody was so busy photographing their lives for... Read More.

It's all been a bit of doom and gloom over the last few days, so I wanted something to cheer us up. Sherlock's off at Bart's x-raying a phone, leaving me to do the shopping.

I was taken to Battersea Power Station where I met Irene Adler. What Christmas isn't complete without your guests being humiliated, your girlfriend dumping you and a woman being murdered... Read More.

Escorted back to the flat by the police, we found a student, Sally Haricot, waiting for us... Read More. So there I am, dealing with a mysterious death in the middle of the countryside when suddenly I'm whisked away in a helicopter and taken to Buckingham Palace.

The murder of actor Matthew Michael live on stage. I wasn't actually there as I was on a date (went well, thanks for asking) but Sherlock was, and he left a number of messages on my voicemail, telling me what happened... Read More.

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We've been so busy over the last few months that I haven't had time to write up most of our cases but this hasn't stopped us becoming an Internet phenomenon. The body of a 45-year-old man was found in a car on wasteland in Surrey.

Early thirties, dyed blonde hair, strange red speckles all over her body. The woman, Julia Stoner, had been found in her bed.

Three young men came to Baker St claiming that events in recent issues of a comic had started happening in real life. We'd turned away mysterious deaths and worldwide conspiracies, but this was the one that Sherlock was interested in... Read More.

I've had to take this post down for a while as the ship's owners are launching an appeal. I'm going to tell you about a couple of the smaller cases we've been involved in.

What really happened on the Tilly Briggs pleasure cruise. Then there was that really odd case with the melting laptop... Read More.

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I just needed to get away from guns and bombs and maniacs... Read More. I needed a few days to get my head around what just happened.

There was apparently a gas leak in the house across the street. Of course, my time living with Sherlock means I know how meaningless the word 'apparently' can be... Read More.

Someone had broken into their offices and sprayed graffiti across a painting. And I also helped break up an international smuggling ring.

No story here because Sherlock decided not to take the case. I've blacked out a few names and places because of legal matters but, other than that, this is what happened on the night I moved in with Sherlock Holmes.

When I first met Sherlock, he told me my life story. He could tell so much about me from my limp, my tan and my mobile phone.

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Sherlock had already moved in, so it was a bit of a mess but that's actually a nice change from where I was before. Ella thought keeping a blog would help, but it hasn't because nothing ever happens to me.

Met up with some rugby lads from Black heath last night. On September 23rd, 2020, Netflix released the film Nola Holmes, a spinoff story centering on the sister of Sherlock Holmes and her own detective adventures.

They are able to do this because ten of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, those released after 1923, are still protected by copyright law given that their duration has not yet expired. The remainder of the stories, those released before 1923, have entered the public domain, which is why so many movies and books can freely use the character.

In our search for clues, the most helpful tool is a past case from 2014 between Leslie Linger and the Conan Doyle Estate for a similar issue of copyright infringement over use of the Sherlock Holmes character in derivative works. The court in Linger v. Conan Doyle Estate ruled that the copyright protection over Sherlock Holmes entire character does not extend because of those works not yet in the public domain.

The court noted in Linger that copyrights in derivative works are only granted protection for the additions of originality attributed to them. In his opinion, Judge Poster discusses the new elements added in these later stories, such as Holmes love of dogs and Watson’s marriages.

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He says that these “additional features, being (we may assume) “original” in the generous sense that the word bears in copyright law, are protected by the unexpired copyrights on the late stories.” Therefore, he is heavily implying that if a new Sherlock story was to be released that used these new and original qualities from the stories released after 1923, that would be an infringement on the rights of the estate. Specifically, they cite the fact Holmes has more emotional depth, a greater respect for women, and a warmer friendship with his partner, Watson.

In their argument, the estate puts emphasis on the fact that the character of Sherlock Holmes was not complete before these final stories. They write that Doyle made a deliberate choice to add these new, more humanizing, traits to Holmes after the loss of his son during World War I.

Granting an infringement on the copyright still held by the Doyle estate could have a profound effect in discouraging creativity of derivative authors. Further, a ruling in favor of the Conan Doyle Estate would also encourage authors to continue writing stories in order to keep their works out of the public domain and extend their copyrights.

In 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned his last Holmes tale, The Adventure of the Retired Column. Rex Stout, a fan of those tales, would shortly create a detective who would not only evoke memories of Holmes, but who would cast his own (gargantuan) shadow: Nero Wolfe.

Nero Wolfe lives in a New York City brownstone with Archie Goodwin, Fritz Brenner, and Theodore Horseman. Archie often comments on the beauty of the orchids, which is a far cry from the thoughts of General Stern wood in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep : “Nasty things.

Also, they are set contemporary to their writing, so while in a Holmes tale, it is ‘always 1895’, the Wolfe stories feel much more like modern mysteries, even though some are over seventy-five years old. Archie frequently tells us that Wolfe is lazy, and in fact his boss prefers to take cases only when financial necessity dictates.

Archie tells us that one of his most important jobs it to browbeat Wolfe into working, which is certainly indicative of the latter’s attitude towards accepting clients. Regarding a murder, he once said, “I am not interested, not involved and not curious.” Unless forced by circumstances, that pretty much sums up Wolfe’s attitude towards work.

Physically, Mycroft is described by Watson as ‘corpulent,’ which means having a large, bulky body. Wolfe actually uses the word ‘gargantuan’ to describe himself, and while his weight varies over the years, under normal circumstances it is in the neighborhood of 285 pounds.

Wolfe considered venturing outside the brownstone as something to be avoided in the extreme, with only three events regularly drawing him forth: voting, dining at Austrians (the restaurant owned by his boyhood friend Marko Kick), and pursuing his orchid obsession. Mycroft ‘has his rails’ and only frequents three places: his lodgings, his government office, and the Diogenes Club.

Sherlock wonders what upheaval could have unsettled Mycroft’s habits so much to force a visit Baker Street. The detective got the better of Dr. Grimes by Boycott, Charles Augustus Silverton, John Clay, and many others, but it is Moriarty who is THE villain in the Canon.

There is only one adversary who appears in multiple stories in the Corpus, and he is clearly the most dangerous man Wolfe faces. Just as Holmes fled 221B Baker Street, Wolfe simply abandons the brownstone and goes deep undercover: Archie doesn’t even know where he is.

Holmes stayed in hiding until the opportunity arose to get Moriarty’s chief lieutenant, Colonel Moran. In World War II, Nero Wolfe essentially sets aside his private practice and works for the Army.

In Booby Trap, we watch Wolfe and Archie solve a wartime industrial espionage case fraught with murder. When Wolfe disappears as part of his campaign against Arnold Deck, Archie sets up shop on his own and does quite well.

He is a detective in the style of Sam Spade and gumshoes in the pages of Black Mask Magazine. In fact, Wolfe is an intellectual detective in the Sherlock /Mycroft era, while Archie is typical of the hard boiled genre.

Though it is never overtly stated, it’s hard not to conclude that Luna, who heads off to America with his Swiss chef, Fritz, at the end of the second novel, becomes Nero Wolfe. Rex Stout excelled in both plot and characterization and the Wolfe stories hold a unique and enduring place in the mystery pantheon.

But Stout was a well-known fan of Sherlock Holmes and traces of that admiration and respect for the world’s first and greatest private consulting detective can be found in the Corpus. The Stout Estate authorized Robert Golds borough to continue the Wolfe saga with mixed results.

And several authors, including Glen Cook, Lawrence Block and Loren Gentleman have created detectives that emulate Wolfe. Stout, who was a Baker Street Irregular and a MWA Grand Master, stands among the finest mystery authors of them all.

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