The Baker Street Babes
BSB Live & Local 1: Laurie R King & Leslie Klinger

Welcome once again to Baker Street Babes Live and Local, this time coming to you from Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, California!

You’re heard the story: Laurie King and Leslie Klinger wanted to create another Sherlockian short story collection featuring some of the most popular fiction writers anywhere: and the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate demanded their pound of flesh. The #FreeSherlock movement was born, Sherlock Holmes was freed at last, and now, after countless trials (literally) you can finally purchase In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a wonderful group of stories riffing off the life of the Great Detective and—occasionally—even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

In this episode, Baker Street Babe Lyndsay chats with Les and Laurie about their initial hankering for a pastiche collection, their copyright travails, their editorial process, the stories in the collection, their working relationship, and just how much crap is written about Sherlock Holmes all over the world.

Listen here, and please do enoy!

Direct download: BSB_LAL_1_LaurieKingLesKlinger.mp3
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Episode 58: Curtis Armstrong

You may know him as Booger or Metatron, but we know Curtis Armstrong as a Sherlockian.

Curly and Lyndsay sit down with the actor, writer, producer, and avid book collector to talk about Holmes, Watson, and that time Curtis pretended to play the violin to impress a girl.

Curtis Armstrong is known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, as famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in the film Ray and for voicing the titular character in the show Dan Vs. He is also the co-host of the TBS reality television competition series King of the Nerds.

Direct download: Episode_58-Curtis_Armstrong.mp3
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Special 13: From House To Psych

This is a recording of the From House to Psych panel at 221BCon 2014.


Panelists Lindsay D. Colwell (@overeducatedgrl), Deirdre (, Mixie ( and our very own Amy Thomas discuss TV shows that use characters who are (more or less) based on Sherlock Holmes. They cover such diverse shows as House MD, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, and Psych.All these shows feature main characters who share traits with the Great Detective.


Whether you’ve an avid fan of any of the shows discussed, or whether you’re just intrigued to look at Holmes through a different lens, this panel will be interesting and fun to listen to. The panellists talk about the shows as adaptations vs. derivations, their storytelling techniques, and ways in which characters such as Patrick Jane of The Mentalist or Greg House differ from Sherlock Holmes (and each other), and ways in which they are similar. And, of course, they touch on possible reasons why characters like these are so enduringly popular with audiences around the globe.

Direct download: Special13_221BCon_FromHouseToPsyche.mp3
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Episode 57: Sherlock Series 4 Predictions

Sherlock Series 4 is coming and we have lots of theories, thoughts, and one hell of a wishlist. From basting turkeys at Christmas to John Watson dying in Sherlock Holmes' arms, our predictions for Series 4 will be, as Moffat says, "devastating."

Join BSBs Curly, Lyndsay, Ashley, Maria, & Ardy for theories abound, a discussion on what's going to happen to Mary (& the baby), and how The Three Garridebs really needs to be the finale. Like... really.

Our Series 4 Predictions & Wishlist

Christmas Special: The Blue Carbuncle & The Cardboard Box

Episode One: The Devil's Foot with sprinklings of The Musgrave Ritual

Episode Two: The Illustrious Client

Episode Three: The Valley of Fear & The Three Garridebs

Music: Opening Credits, Sherlock Series 1 OST by Michael Price and David G. Arnold, Vanishing Underground, Sherlock Series 3 OST by Michael Price and David G. Arnold

Direct download: Episode_57-SherlockSeries4Pred.mp3
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Special 12: Emma Grant

When the Baker Street Babes went to Dashcon, little did we know what was in store!  We are honored to have been asked, and we would like to thank our amazing fans for being a part of the podcast and quiz, and our special guest, emmagrant01, for being a brilliant addition to our live podcast episodes.

Join Babes Liz and Lyndsay and our fabulous Dashcon audience as we discuss with Emma Sherlockian AUs--from Rathbone to tunalock, from "A Cure for Boredom" to "Nothing to Make a Song About," we will chat over everything about Emma's work that makes us excited and curious about new incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, as well as aspects of the character which will always and forever remain timeless.  Babes Liz and Lyndsay, who both attended Dashon, also offer a commentary at the outset of the episode.  More importantly: listen to Emma being fierce, and applaud the wonderful people who contributed their time and helped make this new live ep so special!

Direct download: Special12_EmmaGrant.mp3
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Episode 56: A Slight Trick of the Mind with Mitch Cullin

We sit down with Mitch Cullin, author of A Slight Trick of the Mind, which tells the story of a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes' battle with his diminishing mind.

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.

But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking-about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.

You can buy the novel on Amazon: US [x], UK [x]

Music: Fifties Shopping Intro Extended by TeknoAXE

Books discussed:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King [x]

The Casebook of Solar Pons by August Derleth [x]

Embracing Defeat by John Dower [x]

Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris [x]

Direct download: Episode_56-MitchCullin.mp3
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Special #11:  From Baker Street to the Holodeck

Spanning centuries of storytelling, the connections between 221B Baker Street as imagined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the universe of Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry cannot be ignored!  Trekkies and Sherlockians own a very great deal in common, and in this special panelist episode that took place at 221B Con in Atlanta, 2014, we'll nerd out over the huge overlap in our Venn diagrams.

Lyndsay Faye is one of several Babes who had loved all things Trek for almost as long as she's loved all things Holmes.  Join her along with Stephen Seitz (who is a writer, editor, film critic, author of Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula, and the host of Book Talk) and Lynne Stephens (entertainment journalist and co-creator of one of the very first video mashups of footage from the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture as edited into a musical comedy, which resulted in her being invited to the set of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by Roddenberry himself).  If you harbor any interest in Spock's ancient human consulting detective ancestor, or in Data's turn with a deerstalker, tune in to this special episode!

Direct download: From_the_Holodeck_to_Baker_Street.mp3
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Special #10: 221B Con Live with Ashley Polasek

The Baker Street Babes want to thank everyone who was so very kind to us at 221B Con and introduce our newest Babe at the same time we give you our second annual live episode:

Ashley Polasek and Sherlockian Film Through the Ages

In this podcast, we discuss Watson's progression from absentee to "life partner," trends in Sherlockian adaptations through the ages, how much better Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Evil should have been, the vastly underrated importance of Nigel Bruce, and much more!  We thank the 221B Con organizers very kindly for allowing us live podcast time, and everyone who was there in the audience for being absolute peaches.

Ashley Polasek is an “Aca-Sherlockian,” happily living at the crossroads of academia, traditional Sherlockiana, and contemporary fandom. She has spoken about Sherlock Holmes at academic conferences across the US, UK, and continental Europe, and has published in peer reviewed journals and academic texts relating Holmes to a multitude of literary and film studies topics; she will graduate with her PhD on adaptations of Sherlock Holmes in July of 2014. Ashley is a member of both The Diogenes Club of Washington D.C. and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and has attended BSI and ASH events for many years. She has published in the Baker Street Journal, and was a speaker at the “Behind the Canonical Screen” conference in Los Angeles in 2012; she will co-edit (with Lyndsay Faye) the conference’s companion volume for the BSI Press. Ashley has been interviewed about Sherlock Holmes on The Baker Street Babes podcast, CNN International, and CBS Sunday Morning. 

If you follow Babes, Ashley can be found on Twitter @SherlockPhd!


Music: "Happy Alley" by Kevin MacLeod

Direct download: Special10_221BCon2014AshleyPolasek.mp3
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Episode 55: Tony Lee

Kafers and Taylor traveled to Birmingham to attend Starfury's Elementary Con and interview New York Times Best Selling author Tony Lee on one of the panels.

The girls and Tony discuss Sherlock Holmes, Tony's deep and unabiding love for Professor Moriarty, and talk everything writing from ideas to how Tony fleshes out his own work. Thoughtful questions from the audience, and lots of love.


Tony Lee is a multiple-time New York Times Best-seller List Author and Eagle Award winning Writer. He has written for Radio 4, The BBC, commerical television in both the UK and the US, magazines, and both local and national newspapers. You can find out more about Tony on his website at

Direct download: Episode_55-TonyLee.mp3
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Episode 54: The Detective, The Woman and The Silent Hive

BSB Amy has a new book! Silent Hive is a new story about Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler that ties into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story “The Five Orange Pips." We chat to her about what it's like having three pastiches out, a LOT about The Five Orange Pips, and how to start writing your own pastiches.


Amy has previously written The Detective and The Woman and The Detective, The Woman and The Winking TreeSilent Hive is the third in the series, and it continues her exploration of the lives of Holmes and Adler post-Reichenbach. The new story stands alone, but if you’ve read the other two, you’ll find references and continued plotlines to enjoy.

Here’s what the book is about:


The mysterious death of Irene Adler’s bees leads to a consultation with Sherlock Holmes and the discovery of a sinister connection to a case many years in the past. When this threat imperils the safety of everyone the detective holds dear, he and The Woman are forced to use every ounce of their ingenuity to save their friends.

Direct download: Episode_54-AmyBook3.mp3
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Episode 53: Lars Mikkelsen, Jonathan Aris, Arwel Wyn Jones

Kafers and Taylor traveled to Birmingham to attend Starfury's Elementary Con and got to have a brief chat with Sherlock's Lars Mikkelsen (Charles Augustus Magnussen), Jonathan Aris (Anderson), and Arwel Wyn Jones (set designer), as well as some cosplayers.

What were their favorite scenes? How much does Arwel like to tease the fans? And how did Jonathan scare the shit out of the camera man?

A reminder to go check out for a possible early sneak peek at our new secret project and to vote for us in the Shorty Awards at

Direct download: Episode_53-LMJAAWJ.mp3
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Episode 52: A Finger Slip Webseries

Fan fiction is being brought to the screen. You read that right. Curly chats with the team behind ‘A Finger Slip: The Webseries’ and finds out where the project came from, why it’s important, and something about pancakes.

Most importantly, you should check out their Kickstarter, which is nearly at its goal! But keep funding it, because the more money they have, the better this web series will be.

Don’t know what A Finger Slip is about… well here’s a handy summary:

A fan fiction by Pawtal (inspired by Sherlock Holmes) in which John and Sherlock accidentally meet through texts as teenagers. Read it.

Make sure to visit their official tumblr: & on twitter @AFSwebseries.

Direct download: Episode_52-A_Finger_slip_Webseries.mp3
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Episode 51: His Last Vow

It seemed like Sherlock Series 3 only started less than two weeks ago... oh... wait. Yup, it's finale time, and what a finale it was! Sherlock Series 3 is over just like that, and with it there wer emore twists and turns and exploration than we've ever seen before. No more so than in His Last Vow.

BSBs Curly, Lyndsay, Kafers, Ardy, Amy, & Sarah get their teeth into His Last Vow.

We debate, we have opinions, we change opinions, and we all agree that Charles Augustus Magnussen is the best... in a "he's horrible I hate him" kind of way.

Questions from followers and listeners, our thoughts on THE ENDING and what Series 4 may have in store for us.

Direct download: Episode_51-His_Last_vow.mp3
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Episode 50: The Sign Of Three
The podcast contains spoilers. Major spoilers. Spoilers of the extreme. You have been warned.
What a corker! The Sign Of Three has pretty much universally delighted the BSBs, but there's still plenty to talk about, lots of theories, and a whole ton of meta.
Join BSBs Maria, Curly, Kafers, Lyndsay, Melinda, Amy, Ardy, and Sarah for our 50th episode!

Who is the id, the ego, and the super ego in Sherlock? What's wrong with our beautiful consulting detective? And dear god what is going to happen in His Last Vow?

Direct download: Episode_50-The_Sign_Of_3.mp3
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Episode 49 - The Empty Hearse

The podcast contains spoilers. Major spoilers. Spoilers of the extreme. You have been warned.

It's been two years, but Sherlock is back. The Empty Hearse, by Mark Gatiss, reunites the consulting detective and army doctor, but not without a few big bumps along the way.

London is under attack, there's a new love interest in the form of Mary Morstan, and why does Mycroft need a goldfish?

A love letter to fandom, Babes Curly, Taylor, Kafers, Lyndsay, Turk, & Amy discuss and review the newest episode.

Direct download: Episode_49-The_Empty-Hearse.mp3
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