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Sherlock Holmes

March 4, 2012

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognizable and famous characters in the world today.  If we hadn’t put his name in the title of this post or the first sentence here, most you you would have still recognized the silhouette here on this page.  What’s amazing about that, is even with 43 kids and close to a dozen grown-ups in our group – there’s probably only a handful of you that have ever read a Sherlock Holmes story.  
Sure, the new movies starring IronMan have been pretty good (and surprisingly faithful to the original stories), but way before Hollywood got a hold of Holmes, the British detective, created by Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle, appeared in four novels and 56 short stories between 1887 and 1927.  Since then the character has shown up in numerous movies, plays, comics, television shows, and books written by other authors.  There’s even a kids’ series of books out now chronicling the adventures of an adolescent Holmes.  
When we’re in London, we’ll see the fictional home of the great detective, and tour a museum about Doyle’s work.  Before we go, though, we’re going to read a few Sherlock Holmes stories.

Before we do that, let’s find out a little bit about Holmes, his partner Dr. Watson, and the rest of the characters, the stories, and the settings of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Here’s the assignment:  

  1. Do a little research about Sherlock Holmes.  Read a few short stories if you want – they can be found for free at  Watch a few movies if you want.  Read a few websites if you want.
  2. Come back here and post 5-10 interesting facts about Holmes (the characters, the author, the settings, the mysteries, any of those topics would be fine).
  3. Be sure not to repeat what anyone else has written.  Carefully read what other kids have posted so that you’re not just repeating their information.

Every student in our England group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion). 

Next, we’ll be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – you should begin looking for your own copy at a local library or book store soon, but you can also find free ebook copies online at  We will start reading that book next week.
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  1. Danielle Dennis permalink
    March 4, 2012 7:34 pm

    1. Completed. Facts. Look down there. 😀
    2. Facts:
    Fact One: Sherlock Holmes is based on a person, Herlock Sholmes.
    Fact Two: Dr Watson was not a doctor at first.
    Fact Three: He was a fictional detective.
    Fact Four: The most known story of Sherlock Holmes would be The Hounds Of The Baskervilles, the one we are reading.
    Fact Five: Sherlock Holmes did some drugs.
    Fact Six: He never said, “Elementary, my dear Watson”
    Fact Seven: He had an older brother, Mycroft.

    That’s all I could find. :]

    • March 4, 2012 7:57 pm

      Danielle, you might want to double check your facts before posting them. Herlock Sholmes was a character in a French story based on the real Sherlock Holmes, not a real person that the character was based on. Also, Dr. Watson was a medical doctor in the British Army. He fought in the British war in India. He was injured and returned home to England where he became roommates with Holmes. He was a doctor before the first page of the first Holmes book.

      The internet is full of information. Some of it is wrong, so I suggest everyone check their facts with more than one source before posting them.

      Mr. C.

      • Danielle Dennis permalink
        March 5, 2012 3:46 pm

        Oh. A lot of websites said Dr Watson wasn’t a doctor. Well, I guess they’re wrong if that’s what happened.

    • Ariana Martorano permalink
      March 7, 2012 5:47 pm

      I agree with you he did have an older brother mycroft.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      March 7, 2012 7:03 pm

      Even if the information is wrong it would be cool for all those things to be true in a person.

      • Danielle Dennis permalink
        March 8, 2012 9:03 pm

        Actually, not all of it is wrong. Only the Dr. Watson and the Herlock Sholmes ones were wrong..

    • Hannah Gedwill permalink
      March 11, 2012 11:43 am

      I agree with most of your thoughts, but they are all mostly the same, and are pretty much basic facts about Sherlock Holmes. But, I still learned a little put of your answers!

    • Taylor House permalink
      March 13, 2012 4:10 pm

      Sherlock did do some drugs which included morphine, cocaine, and tobacco.

      • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
        March 14, 2012 7:56 pm

        I never knew he did drugs. Is that why he really like to smoke on his pipe?

        • emily laxton zackavec permalink
          March 25, 2012 5:28 pm

          must have been since he you know he always did have a pipe in his mouth.

    • April 1, 2012 12:11 pm

      Wow, I never knew Sherlock Holmes did drugs! It must be what he puts in his pipe. Hmm, very interesting facts though.. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ariana Martorano permalink
    March 6, 2012 9:03 pm

    1: Information posted below.

    2: (info below)
    1: Sherlock holmes was famous for his ability to disguise him self to look like completly different people.

    2: He was considered to be an amzing detective.

    3: His partner watson was his sidekick.

    4: He was knowen for being able to solve some of the hardest cases that other’s couldent solve.

    5: His stories covered a period of time from 1880 up to 1914.

    6: He became knowen through a series of short stories writen during his time.

    7: Sherlock holmes was always considered to be the smartest man in the room.

    8: For the most of his life he lived in england.

    9: Sherlock holmes was born in england.

    10: He deticated his life to solving mystery crimes that only he could solve.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      March 7, 2012 6:57 pm

      Wow I barely knew any of that. Its amazing what a simple man can do.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      March 10, 2012 10:54 am

      That sounds like really good information.

    • Hannah Gedwill permalink
      March 11, 2012 11:45 am

      Great information about Sherlock Holmes! Those answers provide a lot of useful information!

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      March 20, 2012 3:34 pm

      I have not read any Holmes books yet, but hear he was one of the best detectives ever from many people.

      • emily laxton zackavec permalink
        March 25, 2012 5:29 pm

        i think these are great facts but i just wanted to inform you that you spelt known wrong

    • Sabrina Shafer permalink
      April 16, 2012 6:57 pm

      I agree Sherlock seems like a amazing detective.

  3. Jade rocks permalink
    March 7, 2012 7:00 pm

    What is the name of the story that we are specifically reading. I want to get it now so I don’t have to worry about it later.

    • March 7, 2012 8:45 pm

      The answer to your question is in the post. It has been in every post the last 7 weeks.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      March 10, 2012 5:26 pm

      1) One of the most known people in America.
      3)One of the greatest detectives that ever lived.
      4)Assistance was Dr.Watson.
      5) Some people thought Dr.Watson was around to take care of Sherlock Holmes, and to also help him with crimes.
      6)One of the most greatest disguise artists ever.
      7)Inelegance was superior, but strength was still there.
      8)Used a pipe
      9)Many stories and movies had been told about him.
      10)Many children shows are still showing him like an old show called Veggie Tales once ‘promoted’ his.

      • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
        March 11, 2012 12:48 pm

        These are really cool facts! I did not know any of these, except number eight because all older British characters used those!

      • Ariana Martorano permalink
        March 11, 2012 3:24 pm

        I toatle agree with you he was a very knowen man and there were many stories that were told about him.

      • Maisie Manthey permalink
        March 12, 2012 3:17 pm

        I read some of the disguises Sherlock did. It’s pretty incredible how well he played them off. I kinda pictured how I thought each one would look. It reminded me of when me and my friends dress up in costumes and make movies.

      • Isabel Tinoco permalink
        April 10, 2012 8:28 pm

        Maybe for your second reason you could have found something more in depth about Sherlock, but all of your other reasons are really good!(:

  4. Nate Garner permalink
    March 8, 2012 8:46 pm

    I have read 2 or 3 sherlock holems stories in the past and did a little more research on him, his partners and tha author. These facts are interesting to me and connect to the characters:
    1. “Sherlock” really means blonde, though he is actually dark-haired
    2. Holmes’s creator ironically believed in spiritualism, like ghosts and faries.
    3. The stories are known all around the erath and have been recreated many times, and more unique stories have been told. There has actually been otherperformances,too, like movies, musicals, and even a ballet!
    4. In 1964, Sherlock Holmes was such a best seller, it became the best selling book around the world, second only to the Bible.
    5. Conan Doyle based the character “Sherlock Holmes” off of his old college professer “Joseph Bell”
    6.Holmes abused drugs such as cocaine in one of his books: “the Sign of Four”
    7.Conan was knighted for his popular work in fiction, and ran for parliament twice, but lost both times (but got a respectively large amount of votes).
    8. The adress “221b Baker Street London, England” was where the famous detective lived in the fictional stories. That same adress is now a Sherlock Holmes Museum toady in REAL London, England. It has been known to get mail for the master of disquise himself, proving what an awesome fictional story Arthur Conan Doyle has written.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      March 10, 2012 12:06 pm

      I didnt know tha it was the second bets seller around the world.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      March 10, 2012 5:27 pm

      Those are amazing facts. I never would have known that. You probably did a lot of research on him.

    • Danielle Dennis permalink
      March 11, 2012 12:17 pm

      Sherlock Holmes stories sound like fairy tales. We learned last year and this year in Language Arts that they were changed and retold many times. Apparently so were the Sherlock Holmes stories as well!

      • Nate Garner permalink
        March 26, 2012 9:45 pm

        Just because a story was passed around through mouth and changed a lot, doesn’t make it a fairy tale/folk tale. And I don’t believe Sherlock Holmes stories were passed around. They were written at one time and published into a best-seller around the world.

    • Richie permalink
      March 11, 2012 7:57 pm

      Thats funny that his name means blonde

    • Victoria House permalink
      March 12, 2012 4:00 pm

      I never knew Sherlock ment that 🙂

    • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
      March 14, 2012 8:00 pm

      I never knew his name meant blonde! Thats awsome!

    • Claire permalink
      March 16, 2012 8:26 pm

      Sherlock means blondie? Haha that’s so weird.

      • Nate Garner permalink
        March 26, 2012 9:47 pm

        People say blondes aren’t that smart. This one is a detective! Eat it stereotypes! That just show you cant judge a book by its cover, or its meaning.

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      March 20, 2012 3:38 pm

      The first observation I did not know, it reminds me of Hitler being part Jewish.

    • Isabel Tinoco permalink
      April 10, 2012 8:28 pm

      Your facts are so in depth and specific! They are very interesting!(:

  5. March 10, 2012 8:54 am

    Here’s some of the information I’ve found about Sherlock Holmes
    1.The writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859.
    2.He went to Jesuit schools for nine years .
    3.He got a degree in medicine 1851.
    4. His first story was A study In Scarlet.
    5. Sherlock Holmes was created after Dr.Joesph Bell and the neat plots of Goboriau and the detective M.Dupin
    6.In total there are 59 origianl Sherlock Holmes stories.
    7.Sir Author was knighted for Britich cause in the Great Boar War

    • shelby grys permalink
      March 11, 2012 2:08 pm

      is Edinburgh in england

    • April 1, 2012 12:13 pm

      Woah, I didn’t know there were that many Sherlock Holmes stories. Very interesting.

  6. March 10, 2012 9:12 am

    Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6th of 1854.He also has inspiered many poems,essays,bokks,films,ect. Sherlock is a big part of london. not like a town in london but he is very famous! Sherlock was a consluting detective from 1881-1904. At this time he lived with his friend and his former coleague Dr. John H. Watson. Another interesting fact about Sherlock was that he loved to listen to the music of opera. But sherlock did not inteand to hook up with any women ecause he felt they would take time away from his work. he also thought that if they didnt take time away from his work that they would still destract him. Last but not least the way Sherlock Holmes noticed the women would be a distraction is by Dr. Watson. What Dr. watson did was get destacted by these women.

  7. March 10, 2012 9:14 am

    i couldnt really post on anyone elses stuff because i looked up biography of sherlock holmes and got my info their could anyone tell me where they found any of their info.

  8. March 10, 2012 9:38 am

    can anybody tell me what book we need to get and start reading?

    • March 10, 2012 6:48 pm

      The answer to your question is right there in the post you just replied to.

  9. McKayla Holmes permalink
    March 10, 2012 10:38 am

    1- did the research, look below for the facts

    2- the facts:

    1:Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    2: was featured in four novels and 56 short stories

    3: Doyle said that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell

    4: Holmes shares the majority of his professional years with his good friend and chronicler Dr. John H. Watson

    5: Dr. Watson lived with Holmes for some time before his marriage.

    6: Watson has two roles in Holmes’s life. First, he gives practical assistance in the conduct of his cases; he is the detective’s right-hand man

    7: In “His Last Bow”, Holmes has retired to a small farm on the Sussex Downs in 1903–1904

    and thats all i could find

    • Victoria House permalink
      March 12, 2012 4:00 pm

      I thought he was a real detective at first…

  10. Dajanai Lyles permalink
    March 10, 2012 12:05 pm

    1) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a scottish writer

    2) He was apart of an Irish-Catholic family

    3) Sir Artur Conan Doyle added his middle name to his orignal name

    4) The surgeon of Gaster Fell was based off of his fathers sickness lunatic asylum

    5)The Hound of Baskervilles was published in serial form in 1901 then in book form in 1902

    6)SIr Authur Conan Dyle died July 7, 1930 at his home (windlesham) in Crowborough,Sunssex

    • shelby grys permalink
      March 11, 2012 2:06 pm

      its interreting that sir concan doyle is scottish but wrote all the sherlock holmes books with the setting being England

    • Richie permalink
      March 11, 2012 7:56 pm

      That is kind of funny that doyle was scottish

  11. Dajanai Lyles permalink
    March 10, 2012 12:08 pm

    Mr. Curtis could when I am replying to others could I ask them questions also?

  12. Hannah Gedwill permalink
    March 11, 2012 11:39 am

    1. Sherlock means blonde.
    2. Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes.
    3. Arthur Doyle was a Scotish born medical doctor.
    4. Sherlock Holmes always lived on 221 Baker Street.
    5. Sherlock Holmes was addicted to cocaine.
    6. Sherlock Holmes played the violin.
    7. There wasn’t a specific location to where the Sherlock Holmes books were written.

    • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
      March 11, 2012 12:44 pm

      Number one made me giggle(: and number five just scares me! These are very interesting facts that I did not know!!

    • bella alberico permalink
      March 11, 2012 7:36 pm

      does it really mean blonde? lol in what language

    • Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
      March 11, 2012 9:35 pm

      Adding to your #5, Sherlock was also addicted to morphine!

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      March 13, 2012 11:33 pm

      funny, Sherlock means blonde. and all of the characters have dark hair XD

  13. Mackenzie Callahan permalink
    March 11, 2012 12:43 pm

    1) His partner was a cruel head master at an orphanage.
    2) Sherlock has a Stradivarius violin.
    3) Sherlock is based off a Edgar Allan Poe character.
    4) Sherlock was a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
    5)He died.
    6) There is a Broadway play based off him that is very successful.
    7) His grandmother is the sister to Vernet, the french artist.
    8) The adventures during Great Hiatus are totally implausible.
    9) Sherlock’s character has been played by over 70 actors in 200 movies.

    • bella alberico permalink
      March 11, 2012 7:35 pm

      those are very interesting… & he died?

    • McKenna W permalink
      March 11, 2012 8:24 pm

      When did he die?

  14. shelby grys permalink
    March 11, 2012 1:58 pm

    1.Rachel Mcadams is one of the stars in the sherlock holmes movie. the movie and stories there are many cases of situatinal irony
    3.they have a sherlock holmes society for the people who are really into his books and stories.
    4. the most famous sherlock holmes short stories sir conan doyle wrote was “the speckeld band”
    5. the most famous sherlock holmes book sir conan doyle ever wroet was” the hound of bakersfield.”
    6. most of the sherlock holmes stories are written in first or second person.
    7.many people re- wrote some of the shelock holmes stories.

  15. bella alberico permalink
    March 11, 2012 7:32 pm

    1) he has a film called dressed to kill
    2) on baker’s street in london england there is a sherlock holmes museum
    3) the museum was made in 1990
    4) british spies are trained in sherlock holmes deduction
    5) Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

  16. Richie permalink
    March 11, 2012 7:54 pm

    1) Sherlock was known as the milestone of crime fiction.
    2) Sherlock was in four novels.
    3) He was also in 56 short stories.
    4) The first novel was A STUDY IN SCARLET.
    5) In the LAST BOW sherlock retires.
    6) Sir Conan Doyle was best friends with Hudinni ( the magician).

  17. McKenna W permalink
    March 11, 2012 8:20 pm

    1.Sir Arther Conan Doyle wrote more than 50 short stories.

    2.Sir Arther Conan Doyle was born on may 22 1859 in Edinburg.

    3.Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6 1854.

    4.He loved a woman named Irene Adler.

    5.Sherlock Holmes liked boxing.

    6.Sherlocks daughter was Myrl Adler Norton

    7.Irene was an opra singer and that was part of the reason he loved her so much.( because he loved the opra.

    8.”Elementary my dear Watson” was never acually said in the books. It was said “Exactly, my dear Watson” in three differant stories.

    9.Sherlock Homles’ arch-enemy was profesor James Moriarty.

    • McKenna W permalink
      March 11, 2012 8:22 pm

      I think it is wierd that Sherlock Holmes was 5 years older than Sir Arther Conan Doyle.

  18. Kyle Laite permalink
    March 11, 2012 9:00 pm

    1. The Sherlock Holmes stories take place from 1878 to 1914
    2. In the first book, Sherlock doesn’t know Watson
    3. Sherlock Holmes did cocaine and morphine
    4. The phrase “Elementary my dear Watson” was never mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes books
    5. Holmes was based on the Scottish physician Dr.Joseph Bell
    6. There are over 260 Sherlock Holmes movies

  19. Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
    March 11, 2012 9:33 pm

    The facts I got were as written below:
    1. Spies that live in Britain are sometimes trained from Sherlock Homes deduction
    2. Sherlock Holmes got addicted to morphine
    3. Sherlock Holmes was modeled after Doyle’s mentor Dr. Joseph Bell because he was said to deduce sickness by looking at the patient
    4.Sherlock had two wives
    5.Conans first name is Ignatious
    6.He was educated at the Royal Infirmary
    Thats all I could get that no one said but I looked at everyones. They were really interesting!

    • Maisie Manthey permalink
      March 12, 2012 3:20 pm

      These are really cool facts! Especially the one about the spy training! All that out of a series of books. It’s really interesting to see how much these books have influenced the world.

  20. Ms. Tadey permalink
    March 11, 2012 9:44 pm

    Seems like lots of good facts out there. My parents are really big Sherlock Holmes fans and we got to talking about the great detective and his many adventures. My dad pointed out that many of his stories had supernatural undertones, even including vampires, but there was a logical solution for most of his cases. My mom said her favorite Sherlock Holmes on film was Basil Rathbone or the new guy on BBC because she thinks he is cute and quirky. My favorite is not actually a Sherlock but Basil from The Great Mouse Detective.

    • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
      March 14, 2012 7:19 pm

      I agree with you on Basil!!!

  21. Joseph Kokoszka permalink
    March 11, 2012 11:26 pm

    1. When the Sherlock Holmes stories were published in the US, editors tried to Americanize them by turning Holmes into a cowboy detective and Watson into his Native American assistant “Twanto.”
    2. He never said, “elementary, my dear Watson.”
    3. He had an older brother named Mycroft.
    4. His grandmother was the sister of Vernet, the French artist.
    5. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson were introduced by a mutual acquaintance named Stamford.

    • jenny keating permalink
      March 14, 2012 9:40 pm

      Lol Twanto… I never read a sherlock holmes book so your comment gives me aot of information i didnt know bout it. I bet it’s going to be an awesome book.

  22. Maisie Manthey permalink
    March 12, 2012 2:19 pm

    1.The main character in House M.D, Gregory House, is based on Sherlock Holmes.
    2. A commercial for the mystery board game Clue features Holmes and Watson as players.
    3. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother works for the government.
    4. Watson was formerly in the British army.
    5. Watson made his debut in “A Study in Scarlet”
    6. Sherlock has only fired a gun twice.
    7. Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character on film, having been played by no fewer than 75 actors in 211 movies since 1900.

  23. Victoria House permalink
    March 12, 2012 3:59 pm

    Here are some facts about Sherlock Holmes:
    1)He is one of the greatest Detectives ever.
    2)He uses a ton of great disguises, to trick his enamies.
    3)The author is “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”.
    4)I’ve never seen the movies, or read any of the books.
    5)Based in London.
    6)In the movie trailers, it said he likes to smoke.
    7)He was running away from people trying to kill him in the new movie trailor.
    8)I cant wait to read this book!
    9)He always has a friend in crime with him.
    10)He is dedicated to fighting and solving crimes.

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      March 13, 2012 11:32 pm

      Im pretty excited for the book to. even though i was never able to understand mystery books.

    • jenny keating permalink
      March 14, 2012 9:38 pm

      Yeah I’m also excited , and i think i will be able to understand it pretty well, im just excited to learn more about england and maybe what its like there by reading the book.

      • Claire permalink
        March 16, 2012 8:25 pm

        I’m really excited too, I think itS gonna be really good.

  24. Taylor House permalink
    March 13, 2012 4:24 pm

    1)information below
    ~they made a sherlock holmes movie in 2010 featuring Robert Downey Jr.
    ~they made a sequel to that film in 2011 called Game of Shadows.
    ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied under Dr. Joseph Bell
    ~the first Sherlock Holmes film was made in 1900
    ~Sherlock was known as a consulting detective
    ~Dr. Watson strongly disapproved of Sherlock’s cocaine and drug usage
    ~some of the drugs he used consist of cocaine, morphine, and different uses of tobacco.

  25. Madi Rodriguez permalink
    March 13, 2012 11:31 pm

    1.) hes known as the worlds best detective

    2.)Sherlock Holmes was based on an actual person named Herlock Sholmes.

    3.)Dr. Watson was not originally a doctor

    4.)Sherlock Holmes had a violin

    5.)Sherlock is very clever, and can think of things at the very last minute if something fails

  26. Caitlyn Dixon permalink
    March 14, 2012 7:52 pm

    Here are some of my facts:

    1) In a lot of movies or tv shows, many people are based off of Sherlock Holmes like in the Phineas and Freb with the Big Ben water slide, and in some of the Simsons
    2) Sherlock has a new movie move coming out called ‘A game of Shadows’
    3) Sherlock is in many comics and very popular in all countrys
    4) Sherlock’s second book was called ‘The sign of four’
    5) Watson lives with Holmes before his wife and after his wife died.
    6) Holmes landlay is called Mrs. Hudson
    7) Watson is Holmes right hand man in sovling crime
    8) Watson took a bullet for Holmes after meeting a villian in ‘The Adventure of the Three Garridebs’
    9) Watson describes Holmes as bohemian
    10) In Homles first book, he uses his own blood to conduct experiments in Chemistry

    • Sabrina Shafer permalink
      April 16, 2012 7:01 pm

      I did not know Holmes landlay is called Mrs. Hudson.

  27. jenny keating permalink
    March 14, 2012 9:36 pm

    fact one) I very famous vote from the book Valley of fear he made was “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius”
    fact two) He described as a tall skinny man .
    fact three) Sherlock means blonds but all the characters in the book have brown hair.
    fact four) sherlock used cocaine in the book The Sign of Four
    fact five) In 1964 sherlock holmes books were the second best sellers next to the bible.
    fact six) Sherlock didnt believe in fairies or ghosts.
    fact seven)Sherlock was first introduced in The Scarlet Letter in 1887

  28. Claire permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:25 pm

    1.He has an older brother named Mycroft Holmes.
    2. Irene Adler was the only woman he ever showed interest in.
    3.He played the violin.
    4. He wrote a monograph.
    5. He used finger prints as evidence before most police departments.
    6.He was a drug addict.

  29. Madelyn Rogge permalink
    March 20, 2012 3:39 pm

    1. ~Sherlock Holmes was featured in 56 short stories.
    2. ~Holmes narrated only two stories The Blanched Soldier and The Lion’s Mane.
    3. ~Doyle got his inspiration of Holmes from Dr. Joseph Bell.
    4. ~In His Last Bow, Holmes retired to a small farm on the Sussex Downs in 1903–1904.
    5. ~Watson describes Holmes as an eccentric, with no regard for contemporary standards of tidiness or good order.
    6. ~Holmes believes the use of cocaine stimulates his brain when it is not in use.
    7. ~Holmes and Watson both lived at an apartment at 221B Baker Street.
    8. ~In one case Holmes is engaged to be married, but only to support his case.
    9. ~Holmes’s primary method to solve a case is abductive reasoning.
    10. ~Holmes and Watson often carry a gun just in case it is needed.

  30. March 25, 2012 5:02 pm

    Okay so ive been using an ipad to enter my comments. But apparently nothings been showing up! 😦 So i have to do this again lol.

    1. Dr.Watson Wasnt a doctor at first.
    2. Sherlock was a violinist<3
    3. Sherlock Holmes was a an artist in disguise
    4.The books and stories are used in other tv shows/movies as ironic comparision maybe
    5.Holmes was addicted to drugs.
    6. Sherlock has only fired a gun twice.

    Im so excited to read this book ( already am but online haha) ive never been into mysteries but i do love sherlock holmes. The movies arent good though.

  31. March 25, 2012 5:27 pm

    I have to do this again XDokay
    1. Sherlock holmes playd violin or kept it kinda<3
    2.Watson wasnt originally a doctor
    3.Sherlock was an artist of disguise
    4. Sherlocks inventions nd stories have been used in many shows and movies.
    5. sherlock has only fired his gun twice.

    I am excited to read this book ( i alredy am) Because ive never read a mystery book and i really wanted to. Sherlock has been talked about many times and it always fascinated me what ppl would say!

    • jack lohman permalink
      June 26, 2012 11:17 am

      i agree with you that sherlock was a master of disquise

  32. emily laxton zackavec permalink
    March 25, 2012 5:46 pm

    i know im always late but heres my response
    1.Holmes was an amazing detective that lived in england and was born in england
    2. Holmes was said to be born on january 6th 1854
    3. Through out his life he devoted all his time to crime solving
    4. Holmes was known for his hawk like facial construction, the dressing-gown and pipe
    5.The first publishing of holmes was in 1891 in strand magazine
    6. He was said to solve crimes through 1881- 1904
    7. He was also said to live at 221b Baker Street with his partner and friend Doctor John H. Watson

    • jack lohman permalink
      June 26, 2012 11:15 am

      i agree with fact 1 that he was a great detective

  33. April 1, 2012 12:17 pm

    I found these facts on various websites as written as below:
    1.)Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson didn’t know each other at the beginning of this story. They were introduced by a mutual friend; Stamford.
    2.)The Hound of Baskervilles is the most filmed Sherlock Holmes story.
    3.)After solving the case, Holmes and Watson dined at a restaurant called Marcini’s.
    4.)Holmes carried many weapons with him on his investigations, including pistols, a cane, a sword, and a riding crop.
    5.)He is also well learned in fist-fighting and martial arts.
    6.)The type of long traveling cloak/cape that Holmes wore is also known as an ‘inverness’

  34. Isabel Tinoco permalink
    April 10, 2012 8:33 pm

    1. Sherlock Holmes was created by Arthur Conan Doyle. As well as the author himself, Sherlock was a follower of Spiritualism and firmly believed in fairies and even ghosts.
    2. He is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries but still keeps being a true character in the numerous people’s imagination. His first published appearance took place in 1887.
    3. There have been more than 260 movies, two musicals and even a ballet called “The Great Detective” – all featuring Sherlock Holmes.
    4. In 1964, the stories and books of Sherlock Holmes efforts were the second biggest seller world wide. The bible was in the number one position!
    5. In “The Sign Of Four” written in 1890, we discovered that our beloved detective was addicted to cocaine and morphine.
    6. Holmes is modeled after the Scottish physician Joseph Bell, a teacher for Arthur Conan Doyle.
    7. The most notable story for Holmes is “The Hounds of Baskervilles.”
    8. Four novels and fifty-six short-stories featuring his creation were written by the author. Almost all were narrated by the detective’s friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson. The exceptions are two stories narrated by Holmes himself and two more written in the third person.
    9. The stories describe a period from 1878 up to 1903. The final case takes place in 1914.
    10. “The Strand” was one of the first magazines where the stories appeared and they continued to do so for over forty years.

  35. Sabrina Shafer permalink
    April 16, 2012 6:55 pm

    1.Sherlock’s biggest enemy is PROF. James Moriarty.
    2.Watson is in all but 4 books of sherlock holmes.
    3.1881 Stamford was the friend watson ran into.
    4.Sherlock is a detective from Scotland yard.
    5.Watson is engaged to Mary Morstan.
    6.Sherlock Holmes helps with Jack the ripper crime.
    7.”A Study in Scarlet” there watson and Sherlock did not know each other in the beginging they were introduced by a friend.
    8.2009 is the year the latest book of Sherlock Holmes came out.
    9.Sherlock Holmes has a muesem on Baker Street.
    10.Sherlock and Watson lived in a Vicorian lodging house on 221b Baker Street.

  36. jack lohman permalink
    June 20, 2012 6:38 pm

    1. He used drugs (most often cocaine and morphine) when he felt bored and stress out due to no cases in society.

    2. There’s only one woman in Holmes’ heart; Irene Adler.

    3. Holmes always excited in cases, till he forgot to fill his stomach, especially when dealing with difficult cases.

    4. Sherlock Holmes had a brother, Mycroft Holmes, physically are very fat and hard to move. But, he had capabilities that far above Sherlock. Because of his fat he just work behind-the-scenes for British Intelligence Agency.

    5. Great on disguise;as a horse jockey, beggars and can become a stooped old man till Watson was not able to identify it.

    6. Low profile; everytime he solved a case, he doesn’t want his name published. Sherlock hates publicity. Inspector Lestrade who handle the case file was the one who always considered as a hero.

    7. Sherlock Holmes had a group of street that called “Baker Street Irregulars” who helped Holmes out from time to time. They can go everywhere, see everything and overhear everyone that adult can’t do. Holmes paid them a shilling a day and a guinea prize for a vital clue.

    8. Dr. Watson, Holmes’ partner, Watson was a retired doctor, he met Sherlock Holmes when he want to find friend to share a dorm room.

    9. Watson’s writing style is always criticized. Watson always record the case of Holmes into a case file because he want to attract people, so Watson wrote it like an ordinary story that is not highlight the scientific things. and because of this factor Holmes always criticizing the writing style of Watson.

    10. Holmes’ greatest enemy; Prof. James Moriarty,described by Holmes as the “Napoleon of Crime” was the criminal mastermind in Scotland Yard. Moriarty died when having a physical fight with Sherlock Holmes and fall into the Reichenbach Fall.

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