IHOSE header

“a strange and wild life” [STUD]  

How often have you come across a phrase in the Sherlock Holmes stories that you're not familiar with? Or just a general concept, such as the cost of items and what it was like to live on a pension? 

Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre discovered a number of questions as she was researching her series of books The Early Casefiles of Sherlock Holmes. So, in gathering her research, she published another series: The Life of Times of Sherlock Holmes.

We take a look inside the making of this four-volume series of essays, with a mysterious detour to Russia along the way. 

Try your hand at the Canonical Couplet quiz: we give you two lines of poetry, you identify the Sherlock Holmes story; if your correct answer is randomly chosen, you'll win a copy of The Life and Time of Sherlock Holmes.

Send your answer to comment @ ihearofsherlock .com by December 29, 2022 at 11:59 a.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random from among all the correct answers. All listeners are eligible to play.

For our supporters, a very special challenge is still open for you — until the end of the year — where you'll have a chance to win six Sherlock Holmes books: The Sherlock Holmes Little Book of Wisdom, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, In and Out of Character, and Conan Doyle. See what awaits on Substack or Patreon.

Please do consider becoming a Patron of the Arts. Your support helps us to ensure we can keep doing what we do, covering file hosting costs, production, and transcription services. And now, Patreon supporters get ad-free versions of the episodes.

Download [Save As] | File size: 80.8 MB, 58:54

Listen to I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere anywhere


  • Wessex Press is the premier publisher of books about Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • MX Publishing is a publishing dynamo, with new titles every week. They're sure to have loads of options for your holiday gift list.

Would you care to advertise with us? You can find more information here. Let's chat!


Many more links, articles, and images are available in our Flipboard magazine at ihose.co/flipsherlock  as well as through our accounts on FacebookYouTubeInstagram, and Twitter.

And would you consider leaving us a rating and review? It would help other Sherlockians to find us.

Your thoughts on the show? Leave a comment below, send us an email (comment AT ihearofsherlock DOT com), call us at 5-1895-221B-5. That's (518) 952-2125.


We are so grateful for your support on Patreon, which makes our transcripts possible. Every amount helps. A transcript will be here soon.