The Great British Sherlock Read Off – A Case Of Identity

Sherlock Challenge

It seems an age since I’ve posted on this blog, but those of you who follow me on Twitter and my own blog will understand the reasons for my absence.  Anyway, I’m back with the next part in my ongoing Sherlock reading challenge.  This time it’s “A Case Of Identity” which was published 1891 and became part of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” anthology.

The story centres around a client by the name of Miss Mary Sutherland.  She is a woman with her own income from an investment fund and who has met a man by the name of Mr Hosmer Angel, much against the wishes of her stepfather.  On the morning that she is due to marry Angel, he disappears from the hansom cab which has been ordered to drive him to the wedding, at which point she engages Holmes into finding her missing fiance.

This is probably the shortest story from the Holmes canon that I’ve read so far… and probably the least rewarding.  The reason for this is that there is little substance behind it, in fact, Holmes never leaves Baker Street during the “investigation”.

You can tell that the readership is getting increasingly familiar with the Holmes and Watson pairing as there is little actual deduction taking place, apart from Holmes’s observations of Miss Sutherland’s dilemma and profession and the tying up of the actual story at the end.  The reader doesn’t get given any new facts about Holmes and Watson – apart from a line which states the Watson has to deal with a medical case whilst Holmes carries out his investigation, which is done “off stage”.

Without wishing to reveal any spoilers, it’s a basic “procedural” storyline in the same mould as “The Red Headed League”.  That said, you don’t get the evidence trail laid out in front of you as with previous stories, which leaves you in the Watson role of playing catch up at the end when Holmes does the “big reveal”.

For fans of “Sherlock”, I would recommend reading this story first and then going back to the Season Three story “The Empty Hearse” as there is a brief scene of Holmes and Molly carrying out the modern day equivalent of this story.

For those of you who are following this reading challenge, the next story in reading order will be “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” which I’ll post about in the next couple of days or so.


Hot Cute Girly Geek’s web shop: Chullo hat.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’m opening a web shop, yep, you guessed right. I’m selling stuff. Not my own stuff from home, but geeky crafts.

What’s for sale? Well, I’m glad you asked.

The Sherlock, as seen in the Empty Hearse, deduction game, Chullo Hat!


Ohhh doesn’t it look nice?

It’s made out of 75% Acrylic 25% wool. It’s machine washable on 30 degrees and wearable pretty much everywhere.

Size? Adult, one size fits most, about M/L or 55-60 cm.

So if you need something to keep you warm during this cold, cold Sherlock hiatus now Season 3 is over. You want to have a deduction game with your annoying, cake eating sibling, or just enjoy spending time alone playing with your train set, look no further.


Ok, you love it, you want it! Now what?

Prices, I sell them for €15,- shipping costs in the Netherlands €2,- within Europe €3,- and the rest of the world €5,-

I make them per order, so as soon as I receive the money I start knitting, depending on the amount of orders I knit about 2 to 3 hats a week, since I have a day job as well. If you want another colour, that can be discussed. What about dark purple shirt of sex? Or brown or green like the 221B door?

And don’t worry; the cords are long enough for you to chew on when you’re nervous. Oh and I do accept PayPal payments.

So how do you order?

I’ve added an email form, just fill it out, and I’ll drop you an email to discuss.

But you can also order them from my etsy shop:

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Sherlock Lives…

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. If you follow me on twitter you would have noticed one of my favourite shows returned last night on TV. That’s right, Sherlock is back. And this is not so much a review as well as more of a, what the f*ck did happen last night. Oh and beware of spoilers.

First of all, I urge you all to watch the episode, no seriously, before you read this, go watch it. I don’t care how you watch it, but watch it! Now stop reading and go hunt down that episode.

So you watched it now. Well done. Bravo! Are you baffled and crazy like I am? You’re welcome.


Let me explain a thing first, most of us waited for 2 years to get to watch season 3, I was lucky, I only had to wait a year and a half since I watched season 1 and 2 a bit later. But still, 2 freaking years! We are known as the fandom that waited and guess what; we’re all crazy as a result. Do we mind? Not at all.

My first thought upon watching that episode was like I have been watching a real life fanfiction. Things happened, shippy things happened, OTP’s became real… and the fandom… it exploded.

For example, this happened:


And this:


Oh and don’t forget this:


And I swear, in that moment, the fandom was Anderson:


I think Mark Gatiss came up with the ideas thanks to this:


And can we talk about Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents for a moment? They are played by Benedict’s actual parents!


Oh and I think we have a new fandom T-shirt as well:


Hey look, it’s captain Martin du Crieff:



Can we take a moment to talk about the hair:


And I love how the two of them love to play games (sorry, couldn’t find a picture).

The episode contained everything we wanted as a fandom, I think we all laughed, cried, cursed, grieved, got angry, fell in love, and every other human possible emotion in the range we got.

After the three episodes have aired, I will try to do some justice and post proper reviews.

For now I leave you with the short wait until Sunday, when the next episode airs and me watching this episode over and over again!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures used in this blog. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners. All the opinions stated in this blog are my own.

PPS: the Dutch Cumber Collective Believes in Sherlock:

DCC WE Believe

PPSS: here’s a Sherlock survival kit, you’re gonna need it:


PPPSS: check out John’s new entry on his blog:


Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’m taking a small break in my final sprint towards my NaNo goal.

Sherlock Lives!!! Britain’s favorite self-proclaimed sociopathic consulting detective is coming home! The last few weeks the BBC has been building the tension with us faithful Sherlockians. And not only the BBC, don’t forget the brilliant masterminds behind Sherlock, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. We have been teased till no end until finally this morning the wait was over…

Well, I say over, we now know when the wait is finally over. But before I dive into that, here’s what happened:


We got a new trailer and a hashtag!!! I mean, I was watching the trailer when it aired right after the 50th anniversary and let me tell you, having a room full of people, and a lot of them all being Sherlocked or being in the process of turning into a Sherlockian we squeed like proper fangirls and fanboys.

Even Lou was excited…


Then, the BBC announced Sherlock was part of the Christmas festivities and would be broadcast during that time, still no airdate announced.

And good old Watson updated his blog! But please John, shave of that ridicules mustache.

Overlord Mr. Gatiss teased us yesterday night with the following…


The BBC joined in…


So did Sue Vertue…


And this morning the frenzy of troubled Sherlockians posted themselves around the famous spots in London. Us poor fans needing to stay home to work and such followed twitter like a hawk.

And then the fandom that waited, and waited, and waited, exploded…

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Pics of the empty hearse and the airdate driving around London, we paid our r3spects online and the lucky ones in real life.


We got some wise words from the bosses…

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All the airdates are now confirmed.

The radiotimes suggests how to throw a Sherlockian New Year’s Day party, according to Sherlock.

And the BBC1 provided us comfort.


So sit back, grab your union jack pillow, deerstalker, shockblanket and a proper cup of tea, and wait just a few more weeks for Sherlock to return to your screen.

Sherlock season 3 episode one: Wednesday January first on BBC1

Sherlock season 3 episode two: Sunday January 5th on BBC1

Sherlock season 3 episode three: Sunday January 12th on BBC1

Sherlock season 4 episode one: somewhere in 2016 probably…

How are you preparing for this??? Me, getting ready by rewatching season one and two on New Year’s Eve.

The Game, my fellow Sherlockians, is finally on!

Love, from your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.


Disclaimer: I do not own pictures used in this blog. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners. All the opinions stated in this blog are my own.

Credit for the pictures goes to: BBC1, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue, Louise Brealey, Amanda Abbington, Speedy’s cafe, Sherlockology, radiotimes, John Watson, @vickieleni, @Marley_89, @kirk_skirk, @AccioSherlock13, @y_in_bllue. If I forgot to mention someone, I’m truly sorry, just let me know!