The funny thing about Arthur Conan Doyle and him (famously) falling for that stuff with the two little girls and their obvious hoax cardboard cut-out fairies. Sherlock Holmes would have seen through that shit in a minute. Of course he would have.
When you write a fictional character that’s actually smarter than yourself.
have just located an extremely friendly and ancient Sherlockian geek who wrote a Holmes-meets-Houdini pastiche, keeps a skull on his desk, collects screenplay editions, and JUST SENT ME THE ORIGINAL 3-HOUR ROADSHOW SCRIPT OF TPLOSH