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As you're a regular subscriber here on I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, you know we have an audio show that airs on the 15th and 30th of every month. We interview notable Sherlockians, discuss items of interest in the news, and delve into issues we're interested in that are in the Canon.

We've also got a companion show Trifles, which airs weekly. If you haven't been getting the updates, we're now up to 22 episodes of energetic talk about some of the minutiae in the Sherlock Holmes stories. And you can sign up for free email updates by clicking here.

Meanwhile, we thought we'd share a roundup of what we discussed last month. Below you'll find a brief description of each episode, a link to the original posting with show notes, and an embedded audio player so you can listen right here if you care to. (If you're reading this on email, you may need to click through to the site to see the audio player.)

May Update

We began the month by talking about a topic that was connected to current events: horse racing. With the Kentucky Derby happening on May 6, it seemed appropriate to talk about some of the events in "Silver Blaze" related to the sport.

Hot on the heels of that came Mothers Day, which gave us an excuse to talk about mothers and mother-like figures in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

We know that "The Priory School" took place in mid May, as the summer term began on May 1st and Lord Saltire "was last seen on the night of May 13th - that is, the night of last Monday," according to Dr. Huxtable. So we decided to look at the relationship between the Duke of Holdernesse and Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable.

We move seamlessly from the academy to the public house, by way of Gaudeamus Igitur, and investigate some of the pubs, taverns and bars in the Canon. But in order to keep you from passing out in your beer, we do it in the style of a pub quiz.

What's that, you say? You want more pubs, taverns and bars? Well, you're in luck! We had so much to say on the topic that we continued into this episode, and even made a couple of recommendations for stops in London that you should make.

So there you have the trifling month of May.

And because you're a regular reader of our site, we'll let you in on a little production secret to Trifles: while the introductions may sound the same, they're not. If you listen carefully, you'll hear three different Sherlock Holmes stories mentioned in each intro. Be sure to collect them all! Shhhhh!—don't tell anyone.

And stay with us until the very end of each episode. If you do, we'll reward you with a familiar quote.