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How many crimes did Sherlock Holmes solve?

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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Watson and Holmes reference about 100 unpublished cases in all of the 60 stories that are recounted for us.

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