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Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

The author of the world's favorite detective novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was born in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Doyle learned the art of storytelling at the knee of his book loving mother, Mary. Although Arthur Doyle lived with an alcoholic father and had a very poor existence in his early life, his memories of his mother's gift of storytelling remained with him through some of the most difficult periods of his life.

At the age of nine, he was sent to England away from his beloved mother to attend school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle disliked the Jesuit boarding school he was sent to intensely and relied on letters home to his mother to sustain him during these times.

The decision to pursue a medical career was an unexpected one for Doyle. While studying medicine, Arthur Doyle met Dr. Joseph Bell who possessed all of the great qualities of deduction, logic and observation that were later found in the character of Sherlock Holmes.

In 1887, A Study in Scarlett was published and it was the first story to feature the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sixty more stories were to follow placing the logical and genius detective at the very top for fans of the detective story. You can find studies of Sherlock Holmes and his methods of deduction studied in criminal justice schools and forensic science programs. Chemistry has even been studied in relation to Sherlock Holmes. Even court reporting schools have used the lessons learned from Holmes to underscore the importance of accurate reporting.

Sherlock Holmes is not only studied today for its literary value and writing style, but also for its value as a template in deductive reasoning taught in legal studies such as paralegal schools. Those studying for careers in law enforcement can learn a great deal from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The popularity of the detective has not subsided in the years since the works were written. Websites have sprung up all over the Internet and societies have been formed around the fictional character. Events take place during the year where fans of the great detective can gather together and pay homage to their hero.

A museum is housed in the home of Sherlock Holmes at his famous 221b Baker Street address where fans of the detective can view the study as it existed during Victorian times. Visitors can tour the home and view the street in the same way that Sherlock himself gazed out the windows of his study.

The works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are not limited to his Sherlock Holmes stories. He produced a great deal of work that has been largely overlooked by the public because of the fame of his fictional detective. It was his greatest source of frustration at times and he felt that Sherlock Holmes got in the way of his more important work such as his work on spiritualism.

Fans of Holmes still marvel over his logic and his skills at detection. It is clear that the detective created in the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will continue to be the epitome of the analytical and shrewd detective for many years to come. His well deserved place in literary history will be kept intact by the fans who continue to analyze and pore over the stories.