10 Mar 2014
“The Mystery of the Point to Point Lace” appeared in the September 1921 issue of “Banba,” published in Dublin. The magazine seems to have been a part of the revival of Irish nationalism — Banba is a daughter of Ernmas of the Tuatha Dé Danann, is nothing less than the patron goddess of Ireland — but the tale of Sheerluck Holds and Batson of Quaker Street can be enjoyed on its own terms. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anything about J.B. Aiken or the magazine.
Stories from the 223B casebook — stories published during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime (plus later ones I liked) — are published here every Monday and Friday. The up-to-date list can be found here.