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Indd 38 2/11/10 9:28 PM Chapter 2: The Great Detective and His Life in Crime 39 knew him couldn’t figure out what use he was going to put all that learning to. ” This practice of studying subjects that would further his skill as a detective is one that Holmes pursues throughout his career. And he draws on this knowledge when taking on a case, comparing his current puzzle to thousands of prior crimes, looking for similarities and patterns. ” Holmes’s research often leads him to write papers, articles, and monographs (treatises), which were usually technical publications that he recommended to other detectives.

For decades, the actual 221b Baker Street address was occupied by Abbey House, a financial institution. Abbey House opened for business on this location in 1932 and immediately began to receive letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. Holmes received so much mail that Abbey hired a secretary to answer it, and the letters continue to arrive to this day, with many people asking for Holmes’s help in solving a mystery! Blue plaques are historical markers used in many European countries that are installed in public places to commemorate a link between the location and a famous person or event.

Mile Gaboriau Émile Gaboriau (1832–1873) was a French novelist and early author of detective fiction. His best-known books featured an amateur detective named Monsieur Lecoq, who was based on a real-life criminal turned police chief, Eugène François Vidocq. ), the use of disguises, and the storytelling device of the flashback, which Doyle employs in three of the four Sherlock Holmes novels. Wilkie Collins Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) was a very popular English novelist and short story writer. His best-known novels are the mysterious The Woman in White and the detective story The Moonstone.

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