. . . [The Early Punch Parodies] offers an insight into the reception of the Holmes stories at the turn of the century.” — Maria Fleischhack, Baker Street Babes

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“Holes,” I cried, “I don’t believe you’re a man at all — you’re a devil.”

Genius. Braggart. Scientist. Fraud. Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed as all that and more. “The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” brings together the major stories, reviews, briefs and illustrations that appeared in the legendary British humor magazine during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime. Annotated and presented in chronological order, this scrapbook charts the rise of Conan Doyle as a writer and public figure and the meteoric popularity of the world’s greatest consulting detective.

“The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” contains:

Sherlock Holmes Punch

Includes all 17 stories in the “Picklock Holes” cycle by R.C. Lehmann, with the original illustrations!

• All of the 17 stories in R.C. Lehmann’s “The Adventures of Picklock Holes.”

• P.G. Wodehouse’s Sherlockian parodies: “Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter” and “The Prodigal.”

• Briefs and article excerpts that praise and poke fun at Conan Doyle’s work and beliefs.

• Five complete Holmes parodies including two that haven’t been seen for a century.

• Cartoons by Punch artists E.T. Reed, Bernard Partridge and others.

• Reviews of Conan Doyle’s books, including two of the “Sherlock Holmes” play starring William Gillette.

• Notes on the historical background of the articles and writers, essays on Lehmann, Wodehouse and Punch, plus a new short story featuring Mark Twain and John H. Watson!

More than a collection of humorous stories, “The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” shows how Sherlock Holmes shaped the culture, and how the culture shaped our view of Sherlock Holmes.


“Bill Peschel has managed to give a taste of what it was like back in the days when the Canon stories were in the process of being published and how people reacted to it. Some of the stories in the book were not very funny to me, but I appreciate the weaknesses and eccentricities in the original stories which are pointed out by the parodies.

“I loved reading these stories and the commentary that goes with them and once I finished I was left with the profound sense that Sherlock Holmes has been loved tremendously by Victorian and Edwardian readers – and it shows that we love to poke fun at something we love, as many modern cartoons, stories and videos prove.”
— Maria Fleischhack, Baker Street Babes

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Table of Contents

Clicking on the link will take you to an excerpt published on the Peschel Press’ sister site, Planetpeschel.com

The Adventures of Picklock Holes / R.C. Lehmann
The Bishop’s Crime
The Duke’s Feather
Lady Hilda’s Mystery
The Escape of the Bull-Dog
The Hungarian Diamond
The Umbrosa Burglary
The Stolen March
Picklock’s Disappearance
The Return of Picklock
The Notch in the Tulwar
The Story of the Russian Anarchist
A Scandal in Paflagonia
The Story of the Princess
The Story of the Lamplighter
The Adventure of the Swiss Banker
The Story of the Lost Picklock
His Final Arrow

Stories and Articles / P.G. Wodehouse
Dudley Jones, Bore Hunter
Back To His Native Strand
The Prodigal
Society Whispers From the States

Major Articles and Parodies
In Paris Out Of the Season / “The Vagrant”
Letters to the Celebrated / “The Vagrant”
The Debut of Bimbashi Joyce / Arthur Conan Doyle
Authors at Bow Street / C.L. Graves and E.V. Lucas
A Way We Have at the ’Varsity / R.C. Lehmann
Telepathy Day by Day / C.L. Graves and E.V. Lucas
Professor Billinger’s Downfall, or, The Extinct-Game Hunters / “Cunning Toyle” (C.L. Graves and E.V. Lucas)
The Terrors of War / N.R. Martin
The Adventure of the Agitated Chemist / F.D. Grierson
Me, Or the Strange Episode of the Reincarnated Greek / “Evoe” (E.V. Knox)
The Velvet Blotting Clue / Anonymous
My Dear Holmes (His Positively Last Appearance on Earth) / Ralph Wotherspoon

A Wellington (Street) Memorial / Anonymous
Mr. Punch’s Animal Land / E.T. Reed (scroll down after clicking on the link)
Sherlock Holmes Adapted.-No. 1 / E.T. Reed
The Intelligence Department / Leonard Raven-Hill
Why Read at All? / Lewis Baumer
How Scotland Yard Detectives Are Trained / Arthur Watt (scroll down after clicking on the link)
Mr. Punch’s Personalities / Bernard Partridge

A Physiologist’s Wife
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Great Boer War I
Sherlock Holmes (“No P’Lice Like Holmes!”)
Sherlock Holmes (Our Holmes)
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Great Boer War II
Sir Nigel
The Last Galley
The Lost World
The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
Danger! and Other Stories

Briefs and Excerpts
The Fighting ‘Foudroyant’
Crime Briefs
Our Colonial “Comrades” at the Lyceum
The Sign of Faure (scroll down after clicking on the link)
Penmen’s Politics
A Sporting Offer
Holmes Redivivus
Mr. Punch’s Symposia
To Brighten Cricket
Great Discoverers (scroll down after clicking on the link)
Cheap Books
Sir Conan Doyle on Big Bores
International and Imperial Crime Exhibition, 1910
Mr. Punch’s Gala Variety Entertainment
The Great Wager
Holmes Arrested
Holmes’ Death
Literary Gossip
From the Street of Adventure
The Mud Larks
On the River
The De Keyser Case (scroll down after clicking on the link)
Mrs. Asquith Remembers
Telepathic Dog
The Thunderbolt
Ministers Who Might Have Been
Put and Take

A Taste of Punch, an essay by Bill Peschel
The Idle Life of R.C. Lehmann, an essay by Bill Peschel
The Blossoming of “Plum” Wodehouse, an essay by Bill Peschel
Grit: A Talk With Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an interview by P.G. Wodehouse
Bonus Story: The Humorist’s Curse, a TwainLock Story by Bill Peschel

About the 223B Casebook Series

The 223B Casebook Series from Peschel Press reprints the Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches published during Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime. In addition to being fun to read, the books show how contemporary writers reacted to Conan Doyle’s life and works, and how they reshaped Holmes for their own uses. The result is valuable insight into the “history behind the mystery” of the great detective‘s popularity and endurance.

Now Available:


Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899

Featuring works by J.M. Barrie, Jack Butler Yeats, John Kendrick Bangs, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Coming in the series: Check out the Books Coming From Peschel Press page for more information.