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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories about the detective. The first novel was published in 1887. Holmes is thought of as the most famous detective in English literature. He is best known for using his clever powers of observation and reasoning to solve difficult cases. With the help of his good friend and assistant, Dr. John Watson, Holmes worked out of his apartment at 221B Baker Street in London. Dr. Watson narrates all but four of the stories about Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was an instant hit when Doyle created the detective. He is still so popular that he's often mistaken for a real person. Among the most famous Holmes stories are "A Study in Scarlet" (the first Sherlock Holmes story, 1887) and "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1902). http://www.nd.edu/~rwoodbur/christie/christie.htm http://221bakerstreet.org/ http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/

Dr. Watson

Dr. John Watson is Sherlock Holmes's best friend and biographer in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous mysteries. He is also the narrator for most of Doyle's stories. In "A Study in Scarlet", Watson describes how he and Holmes met, as well as their adventures at 221B Baker Street in London, where they lived together at the end of the 1800s. Watson has some experience as a doctor and served with the military in Afghanistan. He sometimes tries to solve cases on his own, but without Holmes's detective skills, he doesn't have much success. http://www.nd.edu/~rwoodbur/christie/christie.htm http://221bakerstreet.org/ http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew is an 18-year-old fictional amateur detective and the star of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, a series of mystery novels for kids and teens. The first book in the series, "The Secret of the Old Clock", was published in April 1930. All of the stories are ghostwritten under the name Carolyn Keene, though many different authors actually wrote the books. Nancy's mother died when she was three. She lives with her father, Carson Drew, who is a well-known lawyer in the town of River Heights. Their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen, also lives with them. Nancy doesn't attend school or have a job. Instead, she spends her time solving mysteries. Her two best friends, Bess Marvin and Georgia "George" Fayne, who are cousins, and her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, often help her. In addition to the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy also appears in several other series, including Nancy Drew Girl Detective, Nancy Drew Files, and Nancy Drew on Campus. In 2007, she made the move to the big screen in "Nancy Drew", starring Emma Roberts. http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/ http://www.nancydrewworld.com/

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Sam Spade

Sam Spade is the detective hero in Dashiell Hammett's novel "The Maltese Falcon". He is a partner in the Archer and Spade Detective Agency in San Francisco. There are also several movie adaptations of "The Maltese Falcon". The most famous one stars Humphrey Bogart as Spade. This is the only novel in which Spade appears, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the best-known examples of a tough-guy private eye. http://www.thrillingdetective.com/spade_sam.html http://www.deanbarrettmystery.com/Sam%20Spade.htm

Perry Mason

Perry Mason is a defense attorney and main character in a series of detective stories created by author Erle Stanley Gardner. Mason is featured in more than 80 novels and short stories. Most of the plots revolve around Mason's client being put on trial for murder. He is always able to prove his client's innocence in the courtroom, typically by proving another character's guilt. In addition to Gardner's books, Perry Mason appeared on a long-running CBS radio series, which ran from 1943-1955, as well as multiple TV series (1957-1966), and more than 25 made-for-TV movies. http://www.perrymasontvseries.com/wiki/ http://www.thrillingdetective.com/mason.html

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