Sherlock Holmes

How many crimes did Sherlock Holmes solve?

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2011-08-07 13:56:52

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.

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Sherlock Holmes solved more than 1000 small or big cases

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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

Band'

"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

Baskervilles"

Watson and Holmes reference about 100 unpublished cases in all

of the 60 stories that are recounted for us.


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