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“pursuing some laborious researches” [3STU] 

The name William S. Baring-Gould is one of a hallowed few in the pantheon of Sherlockian scholars. He is one of the handful of chronologists who has attempted to put the stories in a particular order, using a number of research techniques.

He also wrote the first unofficial "biography" of Sherlock Holmes with his Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective. And his name is synonymous with his magnum opus from 1967, The Annotated Sherlock Holmes.

The 2019 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual looks at all of these things and more, making this legend come to life as a fully-formed and high achieving individual. Julie McKuras, Tim Johnson, Richard Sveum, and Gary Thaden joined forces to bring us this well-deserved biography of this hero of so many Sherlockians.

We spoke to Julie and Tim to hear what went into writing this book and special discoveries they made about Baring-Gould along the way.

While you can't buy a copy of the Christmas Annual (it comes bundled with every annual BSJ subscription), we are giving you a chance to get a copy: the prize we're giving away for this episode's Canonical Couplet is a copy of the Baring-Gould Christmas Annual. You won't find it anywhere else.

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