The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Parody/Tribute to Conan Doyle's Famous Detective
The Case of the Missing HubNuggets
The stuffy, smoke-filled apartments at 221 3/4 B Baker Street reverberated to the sonorous cadences of Sibelius' "Finlandia," rendered with virtuoso skill by a ragged, stooped, pipe puffing, Gypsy violinist.
"Good heavens, Holmes!" Watson threw open the windows, flapping her saucer in a vain attempt to clear out some of the choking fumes.
Their long-suffering landlady, Maddie Hudson, entered with a breakfast-laden tray. Quickly depositing it on the table, she rushed to the window. "Dr. Watson," she said between coughs, "that foul tobacco is going to be the death of us one of these days."
"I couldn't agree more." The worthy doctor turned to the gypsy. "Marvelous disguise, Holmes, but that music is so... so..."
"Scandinavian?" Holmes straightened, violin bow poised.
"Ah. Well, perhaps this would be more to your liking." Holmes broke into a rousing rendition of Stravinsky's "Firebird."
"Actually, I would prefer to enjoy our excellent Maddie Hudson's delicious-smelling repast before your caller arrives. Perhaps you could sweeten our tea with an English country dance."
Holmes and Watsons of the Silver Screen
"Caller?" Holmes strode to the window, music forgotten. After one piercing glance at the street below, she returned to the table. "Thank you, Maddie Hudson," she said. "This looks delicious, and I find I am quite famished. Please show our visitor up as soon as she arrives."
Very good, sir." Maddie Hudson departed with a final, reproachful cough.
"Well...? Aren't you going to ask how I knew?"
"It seems perfectly obvious to me, Watson. There were a number of passers-by, but only one lingered - a lady, unmarried, perhaps fallen on hard times. Her dress is of excellent quality, but not the latest mode, and her boots, though fine leather, have not seen a proper blacking for some weeks. Her hands are smooth and well-kept, indicating she may have some private means, though she wears no jewelry except for a pair of rather handsome, pearl ear-bobs. She gazes repeatedly at our windows while nervously twisting her gloves - troubled, but undecided. Unless I miss my guess, she will be arriving shortly, so do eat up, there's a good woman."
The pair had no sooner finished than their kindly landlady arrived with a young woman, and withdrew with the breakfast tray.
The young woman stood gazing from Holmes to Watson, wringing her hands. "Please, you must help. My poor father will loose everything - his good name, his honor... Have you heard of the weekly writing contest?"
"Of course, the Hubnuggets contest. Calm yourself, my dear. Have some tea." Watson led the distraught young woman to a chair. "Six nominees arrived in this morning's post. Holmes and I were just about to peruse them..."
Which one of this week's Home nominees is your favorite?
- 10% Low Cost and Effective Landscaping Design Tips
- 46% Mother's Remarkable Organic Garden and Good Health
- 24% Photo Gallery: Flowers from my Front Yard Garden
- 8% Safety at Home: Top 10 Apartment Tips for Tenants
- 5% Tiny Homes. The Anti-McMansion.
- 8% Why I Am In Love With My Wood Stove
This poll is now closed to voting.
The Home Nominees
- Mother's Remarkable Organic Garden and Good Health
Mother began a family tradition with her organic backyard garden. With limited space she created a lovely area in her back yard that's aesthetically pleasing and produces fresh, tasty veggies spring, summer and fall. Pictures exhibit the garden fro
- Photo Gallery: Flowers from my Front Yard Garden
Several years ago, I convinced my husband that we should replace our front lawn with a front yard garden. It had been difficult to grow grass in our front yard for a number of reasons, including a lot of shade and competition with tree roots. We...
- Safety at Home: Top 10 Apartment Tips for Tenants
How often in our lives have we rented homes or apartments where we trust that our landlords will have our safety at heart. Our safety is at their discretion. Sometimes, we realize through experience that there is a significant need for us to have our
- Tiny Homes. The Anti-McMansion.
For those looking to downsize and simplify your living arrangement, a tiny house is becoming more relevant as an option to consider. Whether your a small family looking to save money or an empty-nester that doesn't want to live in a big home now that
- Why I Am In Love With My Wood Stove
Having a wood stove in the home has so many benefits. From lowering the electric bill to releasing stress, the wood stove should be an important consideration when considering the type of heating you would like to use for your home.
TV's Holmes and Watson
The Plot Thickens
As they finished perusing the nominees' hubs, tears filled the young woman's lovely eyes. "Oh, dear. Whatever shall I do?"
"Let us begin at the beginning," said Holmes, pulling up a chair. "What is your name, and who, exactly, is your father?"
She blushed prettily. "Forgive me, please. How rude you must think me."
"Not at all. Let me freshen your tea," said Watson, reaching for the pot.
Watson started, alarmed. "Great heavens! Holmes if this loss becomes public knowledge, cabinet will be in an uproar. Questions will be asked in the House."
"Then we'd best find out who's behind this, Watson." Holmes crossed to the fireplace and reached for the Turkish slipper resting on the mantle. She pulled out a quantity of shag, stuffed it into her pipe, and struck a lucifer against the slipper's sole.
"Great Scott, Holmes, not while ladyjane1 is here."
"Oh, yes, so sorry. We've heard something of your father's troubles, ladyjane1. Do go on."
"We have fallen upon hard times. My poor father lost almost everything to the notorious Spanish confidence woman, Simone Smith-quez, Comtessa de las Vegas y San Bernadino. We're surviving on a small legacy from my dear mother. Presenting the nominees at Court would have mended the family fortunes and restored him to his rightful place in society." ladyjane1 pulled a dainty, lace square from her reticule and dabbed at her eyes. A scrap of paper, dislodged from her bag, fluttered to the carpet.
Holmes pounced on it like some great bird of prey. "The game's afoot, Watson! Look - the nominees for Religion and Philosophy!"
Which one of this week's Religion and Philosophy nominees is your favorite?
- 7% The Different Japanese Buddhas
- 32% Jai ho! The streets of India and beyond
- 22% Religions and Festivals
- 25% Slowing Down: Adding Peace to Your Life
- 11% Dia De Los Muertos: La Malinche
- 4% Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Dealing with Poison Arrows
This poll is now closed to voting.
The Religion and Philosophy Nominees
- The Different Japanese Buddhas
A summary and explanation of the six most popular Buddhas of Japan and their origins.
- Jai ho! The streets of India and beyond
The buzzling bazzars of India reveal new stories of the human spirit everyday. The true colours of India are not found in the mall, but on the streets.
- Religions and Festivals
There is no dearth of festivals when it comes to India. India is a land of festivals, and you may find a festival almost every day, starting from Makar Sankranti and Ugadi to Ramadan and Christmas. Every festival has its own significance lying...
- Slowing Down: Adding Peace to Your Life
Is your life overscheduled? Do you need to incorporate more peace? Learn how to add more peace into your life by reviewing your priorities and adding some new peaceful activities. Whether you are single or have a family, there are ways to incorporate
- Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Dealing with Poison Arrows
How to deal with poison arrows in feng shui, especially those that occur behind a desk. You can use indoor plants that purify the air and have large soft leaves like the cornstalk plant aka Dracaena Fragrans. You can also hang flower lei decorations,
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Baker Street Irregulars
A timid knock at the chamber door roused them from their reading. Holmes' brusque "Come in!" caused the door to open a crack, and a small head to emerge round the edge of the door frame.
"G'orn, git in - 'e don't bite."
The childish voices resolved themselves into three street urchins, two standing in the doorway, caps in hand, while their companion, a sweet-faced child with bare feet peeping out from under her skirt, beamed at everyone.
"Me 'n' Elfie foun' summat in't road." The leader of the three shoved the first urchin forward. "G'orn - give it 'im."
Elfie held out a rather fine tobacco pouch to a bemused Dr. Watson. "Who are these children, Holmes?"
"Let me introduce the Baker Street Irregulars, Watson. This rascal is Elfie - has the makings of an artist - never forgets a face. And this fine, brave chap is Enelle Lambie, the leader of their little troupe - very clever, our Lambie."
"And who is this wee lass?"
In spite of herself, Holmes smiled."Little ripplemaker."
"Her don't talk much, but my mam says it makes yer 'appy just 'avin' her about."
"Your mam is quite right, Lambie," said Dr. Watson.
"What have you for me today?" Holmes rubbed her hands together.
"That lady dropped 'er 'baccy pouch - we follered, and we seen 'er come 'ere, so we brung it you. We fink it might be val'able." The three urchins gazed hopefully at Holmes and Watson.
"Why, that's my father's," said ladyjane1. "I was taking it to the tobacconists so they could match father's special blend. I must have - "
" - dropped it in the street, yes. May I?" Holmes opened the pouch and peered inside. "Hmm...is Sir Jason a somnambulist, ladyjane1?"
"Does your father walk in his sleep?" Holmes extracted a piece of paper and held it for Watson to see. "Give our young friends a shilling for their trouble, would you, Watson?"
"Holmes - it's the last of the HubNuggets!"
Which one of this week's Health nominees is your favorite?
- 22% How to Succeed at Anything
- 16% Hangover Helper: Surviving the Morning After
- 31% Procrastination Paralyzes Me: How to Stop Procrastinating in 5 Easy Steps
- 3% The Boom Cars: Why Do You Inflict Noise Pollution Upon Us Damaging Our Health?
- 16% Arthritis, Me and Coffee
- 13% Almost Sugar Free- Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
This poll is now closed to voting.
The Health Nominees
- Hangover Helper: Surviving the Morning After
Hangovers are fun to talk about, but they're serious business for the hapless victim, who debates whether it's better to live, or just die and be done with it.
- Procrastination Paralyzes Me: How to Stop Procrastinating in 5 Easy Steps
If you are anything like me, you have times when procrastination paralyzes you completely into non-action! Sometimes, when approaching a task, I find myself distracted. Why write a report when the dishes need cleaning? Why clean the dishes when my..
- The Boom Cars: Why Do You Inflict Noise Pollution Upon Us Damaging Our Health?
Boom Cars will disrupt your life on many levels including violation of your rights and damaging your health. These are valid concerns and very legitimate claims.
- Arthritis, Me and Coffee
Arthritis can severely affect health and mobility. In my case a book led me to find which foods to eliminate from my diet and years later I am still pain-free and so very grateful.
After dispatching the Irregulars with the promised shilling, Holmes carefully brushed both papers with fine talcum, and examined them closely with his magnifier. "I see only one person's finger marks here, and the hand is far too large to be yours, ladyjane1. It appears the burden of the past week proved too much for Sir Jason. In his desire to keep the nominees safe, he hid them from even himself."
"Of course," said Watson. "At the urging of his over-strained mind, Sir Jason hid the nominees while sleepwalking, and upon awakening, had no memory of his actions."
"You have solved the mystery. The HubNugget nominees are found; our family fortunes are restored! You are truly a great detective, Sherlock Inglish-Holmes. Thank you, too Dr. Watson! I shall never forget you." The grateful young woman swept out the door.
Holmes affected to be unmoved, but Watson could tell she was pleased with her morning's work.
"I shall write this up in my memoirs, Holmes. Let me see. I need a good title... The Case of The Missing HubNuggets? Hmm... too bland." Dr. Watson paused, deep in thought.
Holmes returned to the serious business of lighting her pipe.
"I have it! The Case of the Purloined HubNuggets. Wait - even better - The Case of the Purloined Letter."
"It wasn't a letter, and it wasn't purloined. It would be closer to the truth to call it The Case of the Tempest in the Teapot!" Holmes sounded almost exasperated. "I don't understand why you dress up these so-called adventures of ours, and I certainly cannot imagine why anyone would read them."
"Perhaps that's why you are the detective and I am the writer." Watson smiled tranquilly as she bent over her journal.
"In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon..."
The HubNuggets Team
What's a HubNugget?
Voting for their favorite new HubNuggets Hubs was one way in which hubbers supported and celebrated new-to-us writers through the weekly HubNuggets contest:
Sherlock's Pipe separator-band created by RedElf from photos by Frotz at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons and Yousuf Karsh [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Mystery trivia in this hub...
The central mystery in this hub was borrowed from Wilkie Collins' novel The Moonstone, in which a man, while sleepwalking, hides a valuable object to protect it from thieves, and, upon awakening, doesn't remember what he's done.
The title Dr. Watson proposed for their adventure was suggested by Edgar Allen Poe's The Purloined Letter.
Interestingly, though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't write a Holmes adventure with that title, Hollywood created a film based on the plot of Poe's novel starring Geoffrey Whitehead and Donald Pickering as Holmes and Watson -The Case of the Purloined Letter.
Dr. (KoffeeKlatch Gals) Watson's journal entry quotes the opening sentences of the first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet.