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The Shoals chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars – the American society of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts – will meet from 2-4 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 15) in the conference room of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., downtown Florence.

The Disreputable Little Scarecrows – the Shoals scion chapter of the BSI – will discuss “Shoscombe Old Place,” the last of the 56 original Sherlock Holmes short stories penned by the character’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The mysterious tale – which involves a debt-ridden, mentally unstable aristocratic who may have committed murder – was first published in New York’s LIBERTY magazine and London’s STRAND magazine in 1927. It appeared in Doyle’s final collection of Holmes tales, THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, later that year.

Sunday’s BSI meeting will include a screening of the 1991 British television adaptation of “Shoscombe Old Place,” starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson, with Robin Ellis as the unpredictable and seemingly unbalanced subject of the case.

Young Jude Law plays the young stable boy, Joe Barnes. Law will soon be seen as Dr. Watson in the new big-screen version of Sherlock Holmes, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and also features Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler.

BSI gatherings are free and open to the public. New members and visitors are welcome.
Refreshments will be served. For details, call (256) 366-4512 or e-mail

“Dogs don’t make mistakes.” – Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place,” from THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1927)
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