Date of publication: 2005
Edited by Pamela Bruxner and Bob Ellis
The County of Essex and in particular the landmarks associated with The Retired Colourman and His Last Bow are put under the magnifying glass in this publication.
The Retired Colourman is one of Holmes’s later cases when a telephone had been installed at Baker Street and the instrument is an important consideration in the solution of the mystery. The ability to make a call from Essex is also a relevant consideration in Bernard Davies’s compelling evidence of the precise location of Mossmoorcum-Little Purlington. As usual Bernard’s findings are supported extensively with maps and photographs which could form the basis of a pleasant day out in Essex following the clues. En route you could call in at Lewisham to track down the location of Josiah Amberley’s house.
Bernard’s evidence for the location of Von Bork’s House in His Last Bow was previously published in Margaret Bird’s East Wind handbook, but has been repeated here for the benefit of new members.
Contributions from Guy Marriott, Catherine Cooke, John Hall and Bob Peckitt complete the publication.
Described as “Essential stuff” by Roger Johnson in the District Messenger.