Nashville Scholars, Sidney Paget illustrations


The Nashville Scholars was founded by John Shanks on February 19, 1979. At least five of the present members were charter members of the original club. Below is the very first newsletter published for the 3PP membership. Kay Blocker was one of those who helped put it together, and she is still doing that for the club today. Thanks, Kay!



At our annual summer picnic at the Stahl's residence on Old Hickory Lake, Derek Martin and Jeff Steward (right column) gave Sherlockian presentations that were enjoyed by all.

Derek Martin


Previous Scholar Reports:
Shannon Carlisle presented a brief look at what her class does during the year at our annual July Picnic at the Stahl home on Old Hickory Lake. See photos and a story about her presentation here. This report was filed by N Scholar Marino Alvarez.

Shannon Carlisle was named the Beacon Society Award Winner for 2013, given in recognition of teachers who use the literature of Sherlock Holmes to engage students in the pleasures of reading. More on the Beacon Society will be found in the article below.
Go to the article here.


2014 Meeting Schedule

September 20
Meeting at Bar Louie
314 11th Ave. South
in the Gulch

The Devil's Foot
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The actor who plays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series, Sherlock, will soon be installed in Tussauds in London.
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Be sure to visit our new friends in Hungary at
A new Hungarian website that sucessfully honors
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
and his greatest creation, Sherlock Holmes.


Jeff Steward



marinocoverThe lastest review of Marino Alvarez's book is by Phillip K Jones.

A Professor Reflects on Sherlock Holmes by Marino C. Alvarez includes Essays, Travel writing about Reichenbach and Trummelbach Falls, and a Miscellania section. Forewords by Gael Stahl, Billy Fields, and Jim Hawkins, long-standing members of Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem.

Publisher Steve Emecz says this about Professor Alvarez's book:
"Marino's devotion to and love of Holmes comes through in what is quite a remarkable book. I draw parallels with Dan Andriacco's Baker Street Beat, which the Sherlock Holmes Society of London commented was like having a drink with an old Holmesian friend, and I get the same feeling with this book --- although this book is more scholarly. "
Read an Interview with MX Publisher Steve Emecz.

You can purchase the book directly from our Nashville Scholar friends at Classic Specialties.

Other Nashville Scholars

October 2011: Dr. Marino Alvarez (Professor Coram) (Trummellbach Falls: A Comparison to Reichenbach Falls )

September 2011: Dr Marino Alvarez (Professor Coram) (Footprints Along the Paths)

June 2011 A Paper submitted by David Hayes (Inspector Baynes) on Musgrave Ritual (Holmes as Knight-Errant)

book cover“Pursuing Sherlock Holmes”
by Bill Mason (Nashville Scholar)

Table of Contents listed here

Contact Bill Mason 
Signed copies are available directly from him at $24.00 (hard cover) and $16.00 (soft cover), postpaid in the USA only, and sent media rate. You can send check or money order to: Bill Mason, 2367 Lights Chapel Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073

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