Inspector Lestrade

There was one little sallow, rat-faced, dark-eyed fellow.

"A well-known detective. He got himself into a fog recently over a forgery case, and that was what brought him here.” (
Sherlock Holmes)

Lestrade) lean and ferret-like as ever, was standing by the doorway, and greeted my companion and myself.

Inspector Lestrade

“I have been down to see friend Lestrade at the Yard. There may be an occasional want of imaginative intuition down there, but they lead the world for thoroughness and method.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Wax facsimile of Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Watson could not restrain a cry of amazement. There was a facsimile of his old friend, dressing-gown and all, the face turned three-quarters towards the window and downward, as though reading an invisible book, while the body was sunk deep in an armchair.

Professor Moriarty and Colonel Sebastian Moran

“If your man is more dangerous than the late Professor Moriarty, or than the living Colonel Sebastian Moran, then he is indeed worth meeting.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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  • The Adventure of the Final Problem
  • The Adventure of the Empty House

Inspector Lestrade

Thin and austere.

Mycroft Holmes

“Well, well! What next?” said he. “Brother Mycroft is coming round.”
“Why not?” I asked.
“Why not? It is as if you met a tram-car coming down a country lane. Mycroft has his rails and he runs on them. His Pall Mall lodgings, the Diogenes Club, Whitehall — that is his cycle. Once, and only once, he has been here. What upheaval can possibly have derailed him?” Read More...

Inspector Lestrade

It was no very unusual thing for Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, to look in upon us of an evening, and his visits were welcome to Sherlock Holmes, for they enabled him to keep in touch with all that was going on at the police headquarters.

Inspector Martin of the Norfolk Constabulary

A dapper little man, with a quick, alert manner and a waxed moustache.

Inspector Lestrade

“The conduct of the criminal investigation has been left in the experienced hands of Inspector Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, who is following up the clues with his accustomed energy and sagacity.”

Colonels, Professors and James

Colonel James Moriarty, brother of Professor Moriarty is referred to in FINA but in EMPT the Professor himself is referred to as Professor ‘James’ Moriarty. In FINA the Professors first name is not mentioned.


Baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling.
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Books of the bibliophile

Among the books carried by the old bibliophile were:
  • The Origin of Tree Worship
  • British Birds
  • The Holy War
  • Catullus
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Sherlock Holmes - Bibliophile

As I did so I struck against an elderly, deformed man, who had been behind me, and I knocked down several books which he was carrying. Read More...


“I wonder that my very simple stratagem could deceive so old a shikari.”
  • Shikari - hunter or guide on hunting expeditions.

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“I confess that you had one small surprise for me,” said Holmes. “I did not anticipate that you would yourself make use of this empty house and this convenient front window. I had imagined you as operating from the street, where my friend Lestrade and his merry men were awaiting you. With that exception, all has gone as I expected.”

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

Let me say to that public, which has shown some interest in those glimpses which I have occasionally given them of the thoughts and actions of a very remarkable man, that they are not to blame me if I have not shared my knowledge with them, for I should have considered it my first duty to do so, had I not been barred by a positive prohibition from his own lips, which was only withdrawn upon the third of last month. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson.”

Sherlock Holmes - Sigerson

“You may have read of the remarkable explorations of a Norwegian named Sigerson, but I am sure that it never occurred to you that you were receiving news of your friend.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Wax bust of Sherlock Holmes

“The credit of the execution is due to Monsieur Oscar Meunier of Grenoble, who spent some days in doing the moulding.”


The famous air-gun of Von Herder will embellish the Scotland Yard Museum.

Mrs Stewart of Lauder

You may have some recollection of the death of Mrs. Stewart, of Lauder, in 1887.

Morgan, Merridew and Matthews

Morgan the poisoner, and Merridew of abominable memory, and Mathews, who knocked out my left canine in the waiting-room at Charing Cross.

Molesley Mystery

The Molesley Mystery which you handled fairly well.

Final Problem

The previous story and the last in the ‘Adventures’.


“Because I recognized their sentinel when I glanced out of my window. He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the jew’s harp.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Mycroft Holmes

Holmes’ brother and his only confidant during his exile.

Mrs Hudson

Mrs. Hudson has made some change in that figure eight times, or once in every quarter of an hour. She works it from the front, so that her shadow may never be seen.

Card players

  • Mr Murray
  • Sir John Hardy
  • Godfrey Milner
  • Colonel Moran
  • Lord Balmoral (was this the same gentleman mentioned in SILV and NOBL)

Edith Woodley

Edith Woodley of Carstairs former fiancée of Ronald Adair.

Hilda Adair

Sister of Ronald Adair.

Lady Maynooth

Ronald Adair’s mother who had returned from Australia to undergo the operation for catarac.

Colonel Sebastian Moran

The second most dangerous man in London.

Honourable Ronald Adair

Second son of the Earl of Maynooth.

Camden House, Baker Street, London

“We are in Camden House, which stands opposite to our own old quarters.” Read More...

Holmes' travels in exile

I took to my heels, did ten miles over the mountains in the darkness, and a week later I found myself in Florence, with the certainty that no one in the world knew what had become of me.

Card clubs

The names of the Clubs where Ronald Adair was a member and regularly played cards.
  • Baldwin
  • Cavendish
  • Bagatelle

427 Park Lane, London

Temporary home of Lady Maynooth, her son Ronald Adair and his sister Hilda. Scene of the crime.
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Mycroft Holmes - Coachman

You will find a small brougham waiting close to the curb, driven by a fellow with a heavy black cloak tipped at the collar with red. Read More...

Reichenbach Falls

It is, indeed, a fearful place. The torrent, swollen by the melting snow, plunges into a tremendous abyss, from which the spray rolls up like the smoke from a burning house. The shaft into which the river hurls itself is an immense chasm, lined by glistening coal-black rock, and narrowing into a creaming, boiling pit of incalculable depth, which brims over and shoots the stream onward over its jagged lip. The long sweep of green water roaring forever down, and the thick flickering curtain of spray hissing forever upward, turn a man giddy with their constant whirl and clamour.
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Mrs Hudson

“Mrs. Hudson has risen to the occasion,” said Holmes, uncovering a dish of curried chicken. “Her cuisine is a little limited, but she has as good an idea of breakfast as a Scotchwoman.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes was a much larger and stouter man than Sherlock. His body was absolutely corpulent, but his face, though massive, had preserved something of the sharpness of expression which was so remarkable in that of his brother. His eyes, which were of a peculiarly light, watery gray, seemed to always retain that far-away, introspective look which I had only observed in Sherlock’s when he was exerting his full powers.

Inspector Lestrade

Lestrade, as wiry, as dapper, and as ferret-like as ever, was waiting for us at the station. Read More...

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard.

221b Baker Street, London

Home of Sherlock Holmes and at times Dr John Watson.
They (the rooms) consisted of a couple of comfortable bedrooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.
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Inspector Lestrade

A lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking....

Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

Mrs Hudson

Long sufferring Landlady of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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