How many crimes did Sherlock Holmes solve?
We'll never know. In many of the Holmes stories, Watson makes
reference to Holmes; remarks about crimes (solved and unsolved)
that he never discussed with Watson, either for reasons of
discretion, or because he felt the specifics of the case, while
fantastic, would not demonstrate how logic, deduction and
observation worked (a criterion of Holmes'; he disliked Watson's
writings when they ventured away from the coldly scientific and
stoic, and into the realm of "sensationalism".). Even considering
the number of crimes mentioned in the books, the likely number
would be far higher.
Sherlock Holmes solved more than 1000 small or big cases
In glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I
have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend
Sherlock Holmes, -- John Watson, 'The Adventure of the Speckled
"This case of yours is very complex, Sir Henry. When taken in
conjunction with your uncle's death I am not sure that of all the
five hundred cases of capital importance which I have handled there
is one which cuts so deep." -- Sherlock Holmes, "The Hound of the
Watson and Holmes reference about 100 unpublished cases in all
of the 60 stories that are recounted for us.