Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Holmes’s Irregulars were very irregular!
Within the 60 Holmes stories in the original canon, the urban army known at the Baker Street irregulars appear only three times: In two novels and in The Adventure of the Crooked Man. In these stories the irregulars are led by Wiggins. It is clear that there were many boys within the irregulars, and at least one girl, but none of the others were distinguished in Doyle's writing. As an emerging Holmes scholar, it seemed likely to me that the irregulars played a larger role in Holmes's investigations and his life— particularly when he and Watson did not share a flat at 221B Baker Street.
Omnimystery News (a great mystery lover’s website) has just published an article of mine about the irregulars— which are the focus of my new novel: Irregular Lives: The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars that comes out on November 16.