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Sherlock Holmes is a detective of the late 19th and early 20th century, created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on a person called Doctor Joseph Bell, a surgeon and teacher he had studied with while attending Edinburgh University. Holmes is good at using logic and careful observation to solve cases. Holmes has so many characteristics which make him interesting to readers, they include: his integrity, trustworthiness, honesty, loyalty, sensitivity and his observational skills.

Holmes characteristics are noticed when Watson reports them in the stories. Dr Watson is the sidekick of Sherlock Holmes; Doyle had based him on a school boy of his time. He is the narrator of all the Sherlock Holmes stories without him the readers would not have a clue what would be going on. Dr Watson is a medical man of some experience as we know; he had served in the military in Afghanistan, having been discharged following an injury received in the line of duty. He now lives with Holmes at 221B Baker Street and is his close companion.

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Holmes is the one who solves the mystery and Watson is the one who describes Holmes and his methods in detail. He is portrayed as a capable, brave, decent and reliable person. Watson tries to solve crimes on his own using Holmes methods, but as Holmes always points out he never observes. Overall I think that the 3 short stories: The Speckled Band, The Red-Headed League, and The Blue Carbuncle work as great detective stories because as you keep reading they seem to interest you more so you never out them down.

The stories have become so great because most of the characters are based on real people who have a strong connection to the character. Between all three stories I liked The Speckled Band more because it seems more interesting and the case that needs to be solved is very mysterious due to the strange death. The title is even intriguing; it makes you want to read it. When you read up to the part where Holmes finds out who is killing everyone that just makes you ask yourself so many questions as to why that happened so its more exciting and you just have to keep reading.

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