All budding detectives need other detectives to learn the trade from. We need to see how they find clues, how they question suspects, what tools they use and how they solve the case. One of my heroes is Sherlock Holmes. I know that he lived a long time ago and was old but he was a master of disguise and could sniff a clue out like a bloodhound. He lived at 221b Baker Street in London but do not worry if you do not have a London address for your detective agency, a garden shed in Lower Pickleton will do just as well.
The reason Sherlock Holmes solved so many cases was the fact that he noticed things which most non detectives miss. This is why, budding detectives, when you meet a suspicious looking person you must look very carefully at their clothing. It is always helpful to have your magnifying glass ready but try not to alert the suspicious person that you are onto them.
So what are you looking for when detecting on a suspect? Sherlock Holmes would notice hairs on a person’s clothes. These could be animal hairs’ or human hairs’. So for instance, if a man had short, white Jack Russell hair’s on the bottom of his trousers, this would tell us he either owns a Jack Russell dog or that he has been somewhere where there is a Jack Russell dog. This might not seem important but it is if a house has been broken into which has a Jack Russell dog. It tells us two things: the Jack Russell in question was not a good guard dog because it was easily bribed with liver flavoured treats and also that the man in question WAS at the scene of the crime.
A shadow has just passed by the window – I need to investigate -so budding detectives – remember Sherlock Holmes sees everything and so should you.
- Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Review (oldgamereviewer.com)
- April National Month of Poetry #30: Sherlock Holmes Acrostic Poem (wesmantoddshaw.wordpress.com)