To mystery enthusiasts, Vincent Starrett’s main claim to fame is not his own detective fiction. Starrett is known as the “biographer” of Sherlock Holmes. He was a founding member of the Baker Street Irregulars (named for the occasional helpers of Holmes), a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of England, and the author of the highly acclaimed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1933). In this volume, the author examines at leisure, and with a healthy dose of tongue in cheek, various aspects of the life and times of the great (and, so it seems, in the end only barely fictional) English detective and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Starrett’s own contributions to the mystery genre are thin and fall squarely into the category of Doyle imitations. He even went so far as to publish a novella featuring the Holmes-Watson team, The Unique Hamlet: A Hitherto Unchronicled Adventure of Mr. Sherlock Holmes (1920). Starrett’s own greatest gift as a mystery writer was a talent for decent plots.