The Red Circle is Sherlock's home in Washington DC. Now in our eighth decade, we continue to celebrate his immortality and enjoy each other's company. All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.

Next Meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2022
via Zoom

Our Speaker:
Daniel Stashower

American Demon: Eliot Ness
and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper


Inner Circle Meeting Notes Wrinting and Videos Quezzes and Puzzles


Daniel Stashower to headline Red Circle Zoom meeting on October 1 We're excited to welcome author, friend, fellow Sherlockian and Red Circle stalwart Dan Stashower to talk about his new book, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper. There will be plenty of time for questions, after which The Red Circle's quizmaster-in-chief Dana Richards will test our knowledge of Canonical words ending in--what else?--"ness." Our clubhouse will open for socializing at 12:30 ET, and the meeting will begin at 1:00. American Demon was published on September 6, and reviews to date have been outstanding. Everyone is more than welcome to join us for our virtual visit with Dan, and registration couldn't be easier. Just push the button below!  9/8/22 AR
 Nicholas Utechin passes  We are sad to report that the distinguished British Sherlockian Nicholas Utechin died on August 18. Nick was an honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and the Red Circle of Washington, and was the guest speaker at our virtual luncheon on September 5, 2020. You can see his fine talk on "British Beginnings" here9/8/22 AR
Sherlock Everywhere!  Both seasons of the excellent British television series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971 and 1973) will be available on WETA Passport beginning September 22. WETA Passport is one of the perks available to those who donate to the station. . .Enola Holmes 2 will debut on Netflix on November 4. This is the second film in the franchise starring Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock and Mycroft's younger sister. . .and Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade, the latest young-adult novel in her long-running series, was published on September 6.  9/8/22 AR
Dan Stashower's American Demon published  The Red Circle is excited to note that our own Dan Stashower's latest true crime adventure, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper, was published on September 6. Dan has invited his friends to join him for a chat and book signing at 7pm on Friday evening, September 16 at Politics and Prose in Northwest Washington. Complete details are here, including streaming information for those who can't make it in person. 9/5/22 AR
"Jerry's Gems" to be Regular Website Feature  Jerry Margolin's "Art in His Blood" presentation at the March 26 Red Circle meeting brought enthusiastic comments along with lots of follow-up viewings of the video. Jerry's holdings of Sherlockian art are so vast and so fascinating that we asked if we could feature some of them here at our website. He graciously agreed, so we'll be presenting a rotating gallery from his collection. Keep checking back for more, and thanks to Jerry for sharing.  6/22/22 AR

Beacon Society Publishes Senter Contest Winners  It’s always refreshing to be reminded that the world of Sherlock Holmes is populated by friends of all ages. The R. Joel Senter Essay Contest, administered by our friends at the Beacon Society, showcases student observations on the Great Detective, with essays written by young people in the fourth through twelfth grades. The 2022 winners have been announced, with their perceptive perspectives published for all of us to enjoy. You can read them here, and we recommend them highly.


Jerry Margolin's Art highlights Red Circle Meeting  From his home-cum-museum in Oregon, Sherlockian art collector Jerry Margolin headlined a fascinating Red Circle Zoom meeting on March 26. Jerry's collection of images numbers in the thousands, so it was only possible for him to show us a few of the gems among his holdings. But what a revelation--and not just the art itself. Jerry confided one of the secrets to his collecting success: "If you don't ask, you don't get!" He pointed out that the simple act of asking has led to warm and lasting friendships with a number of the artists represented on his walls. To amplify on the artistic theme, the Red Circle's quizzer-in-chief Dana Richards presented an "Art in the Canon" quiz that gave us a comprehensive tour of the art mentioned in Sherlockian adventures. All that and more is available on the video of the meeting. To watch it, just click the screen.  3/30/22 AR


  The March 26 Red Circle meeting with Jerry Margolin was fun for one and all. Carla Kaessinger Coupe's Meeting Notes are here.

Red Circle Pins Available  The pin has been proudly worn all over the Sherlockian world, from Rockville to the Reichenbach, so Red Circle members (which includes everyone who's ever been to a meeting) will treasure having their own. The price is $14.95 each, which includes shipping anywhere. Send an email to Tom Fahres to order.
Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter E. Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some 50 years, and has a permanent home right here on our website. It's the most remarkable collection of Sherlockian news and notes anywhere, and your webmaster recommends a monthly visit. The very latest edition is available now, as are past numbers. It's just a click away--use the "Scuttlebutt" button at the top of the page.
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