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The View from the East End
January 16 , 2011, Number 95

Loose Ends and Story Killers

By Inspector Hopkins

After reading through the Canon over and over again . . . so many times . . . and after comparing my efforts with all the venerable Sherlockian commentators of past decades, I’ve decided to give a fresh go at this effort.

As we all know, there are no absolutely “correct” answers to any Sherlockian mystery!

And as many of my readers have acknowledged, they appreciate my humble efforts at attempting to assemble so much Sherlockian information into the “Database” presented here on

I am glad to have received such favourable responses, and hope to continue hearing them.

Let’s Get Started

I thought I would make a start at yet another angle of Sherlockian commentary efforts; one which (as far as I can tell), has not yet been documented elsewhere. I hope that these efforts might prove to be somewhat original and I am proud to include them here. They will also be added to my growing Database.

Further comment is invited, and encouraged, from all of Sherlockpeoria’s faithful fans.

“Loose Ends”

There are quite a few “loose ends” in most of the stories in the Canon. After the beginning Sherlockian has made a number of passes through it, he or she is bound to be in agreement with this statement. For example (in STUD), where did Jefferson Hope get someone to help him with the impersonation of the “old woman” coming to Baker Street to collect the missing wedding ring?

There are indeed many loose ends in most of the stories. I will attempt to document some of them both in the ongoing revisions to the Database, as well as in this next series of articles . . . keep watching Sherlockpeoria for further developments.

“Story Killers”

Here is a new possibility for Sherlockian research and commentary!

After all of the analyses by so many venerable Sherlockian commentators, I thought it might be fun to try to identify the smallest possible element of any particular story which would effectively “kill” it. The result would either be no story at all, or a very unbelievable one. These considerations will start to be included in the next version (10.0) of the Database.

Although it would be very easy to criticize Watson’s “literary agent”, and blame such mistakes on “printer’s errors”, etc. I will still try to stay within the Game as much as possible as I do this, without resorting to those particular tactics.

So stay tuned for my first analysis, which will begin with “The Red-Headed League”.

Until next time, and wishing all of our readers a very Happy New Year, I am,

Yours Faithfully,



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