How Does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Create Suspense in His Writing?

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a British physician and writer, mostly well known for his stories “Sherlock Holmes”, which are generally in the field of crime fiction. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
In the following paragraphs I will be talking about the three stories ‘Red Headed League’, ‘Silver Blaze’ and ‘scandal in Bohemia’.
The story ‘Scandal in Bohemia’ starts of very odd, “To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman’. This has already given the reader a hint of suspense as it is something unusual. It was always thought that Holmes had no feelings and no emotions for anyone, but according to this opening the above phrase is
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Here the horse shoe was given to Holmes, but the reader did not know that it will be in great use, but Doyle gives hints in the story, which he eventually pieces together, as well as the reader.
Another way Doyle creates suspense in his stories is that he makes deliberate culprits that seem suspicious; straight away the readers will think they have found whoever Holmes is looking for, but in the end the story is twisted around and the real offender is found the total opposite to what the reader was probably thinking. In Silver Blaze, to everyone it seems as if ‘Fitzroy Simpson’ was the culprit but everyone soon found out that it was the actual horse ‘Silver Blaze’. No one would have even thought of it to be the horse, so this one of the main ways suspense is created. Also it has the readers guessing who the actual criminal is.
The story is told by Watson, not Holmes. Watson is never likely to be at the same thinking level as Holmes. There are some parts which are kept secret from us, things that Watson does not know, the reader also does not know. ‘Holmes leaned forward and whispered something in the trainer’s ear’. Here Holmes whispers something, so clearly he wants to keep it a secret from Watson. This keeps the reader guessing what Holmes might have said; hence it creates suspense as well as tension. However there are times when Watson is great help to Holmes, in Silver Blaze, when Holmes
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