The Detective Story Genre: Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes Stories

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The Detective Story Genre: Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes Stories


One of the most popular literary forms is the detective genre. The most remarkable detective author of all time is the late nineteenth century writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His most prominent works are the famous Sherlock Holmes stories. These novels and short stories set the standard for the genre. Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories can be considered a model for detective fiction because each is centered on a mystery, Sherlock is a brilliant detective, and clues are a prerequisite for success.

The very essence of any detective story is the mystery. Unlike murder mysteries, which have a lot in common with detective stories, Holmes's problems
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Watson stated "So accustomed was I to his invariable success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to enter my mind" (Doyle 218). Holmes fails, but the antagonist decides not to utilize the pictures after all. The mystery in Holmes's stories can be a wide variety of things: stolen fortune, murder, scandal, and everything in between. While most mystery stories involve assassination, "Unlike many detective stories, the Holmes don't necessarily have a murder" (Horsley). Of course, you might not unearth an instance of Sherlock Holmes chasing down a missing cat, because even his least significant cases are of acute importance. Important cases seize the reader's attention, and make the solution of the case more urgent.

The opening case of a Holmes story often leads to a second account. Although there are some exceptions like A Case of Identity in which Holmes does not leave Baker Street, Holmes usually attends to the crime scene to investigate. He wastes no time in doing so: "Holmes visits the scene of the crime, and he does so with rapidity" (Holeman). Time and again, the original puzzle is of lower import than the latter. Holeman notes that "The duo takes the investigation to the scene of the crime, or the site where the crime is to be committed. Often the main crime has yet to be committed"…