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"As to my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may assist you in forming an opinion."  [NOBL]

Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere gives free reign to Brad Keefauver of Sherlock Peoria, two bloggers discuss the importance and merits of A Study In Scarlet, Ray Betzner shares his thoughts on Vincent Starrett’s mystery novel Murder in Peking, Dan Andriacco discusses life lessons learned from Holmes, Alistair Duncan looks at four ages of Conan Doyle, Jon Stewart pretends to be Sherlock Holmes for 3 seconds, The Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections award Don Yates for his essay “Sherlockian Memories” and The Priory Scholars of NYC gear-up for their “Back to School 2013” meeting, and more in this week's Friday Sherlock Links Compendium by Matt Laffey.

The Telegraph announced that Sir Ian McKellen (i.e. that guy who also played Magneto and Gandalf) will play Sherlock Holmes in a film adaptation of a novel by Mitch Cullin called A Slight Trick of the Mind (2005). Wow, what?! I have to admit that I've never read Cullin's novel that's set in "1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know." The New York Times gave Cullin's novel (his seventh at the time) a very good review back in 2005: "The strange, silent image of an old man staring into an apiary governs the entirety of A Slight Trick of the Mind. "When you look upon me," Holmes tells his grief-stricken housekeeper, "I believe you find a man incapable of feeling. . . . If I choose to speak at any length, I usually talk of the creatures." Talking exclusively "of the creatures," though, doesn't make human beings disappear; it only makes their demands more desperate. As the conclusion of this beautiful novel makes plain, lives aren't like cases or, for that matter, like narratives. They are never solved or resolved: they just one day come to an end."

Unless filming goes terribly wrong, a film version of A Slight Trick of the Mind has the potential to emotionally and intellectually probe the depths of the Great Detective in the Winter of his life. On Friday, Sir Ian himself via his Twitter @IanMcKellen had this to say about the news: