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  • Analysis Of The Adventure Of The Speckled Band By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Detective stories are one of the most complicated genres there are. With a good detective story comes many aspects: a good crime, a thorough investigation, some red herrings to throw the reader off, and a lot of action. But, most of all, detective stories need a good and qualified detective at the helm. Easily the most famous of all detectives in the genre and possibly the world is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Being the most enduring character of detective stories, he is known for having “an obsessive personality.” Two traits of many, placidity and arrogance, come together to define Sherlock Holmes an enduring character. A first reason Holmes is a loved character is due to his impassivity. In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” Doyle brings this to life by juxtapositioning to show contrast and using foils. Upon exploding into Holmes room tossing threats around, Roylott squawks, “‘I know you, you scoundrel! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler’. . . Holmes chuckled heartily. ‘Your conversation is most entertaining,’ said he” (Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band 9). Doyle braids together the lunatic comments from Dr. Grimesby Roylott (Helen and Julia Stoners’ stepfather) and the unruffled comments from Holmes. When Roylott is degrading Holmes and his work, Holmes responds by facetiously commenting on the future weather forecast. They are foils because Holmes is composed and Dr. Roylott is not composed. Along with the comments made, a…

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  • Whodunit Hill: A Short Story

    It had an archway of wrought-iron curlicues, stonewalls, a lush Victorian style rose garden off to one side, and hundreds of rows of white gravestones. I read on. Do you believe in ghosts? Apparently most people in Whodunit Hill now do, especially, after last night’s mysterious “sighting” of the apparition known as Captain MacBride. According to police reports, at midnight a group of men heard shrieks coming from the historic mansion off Rosewood Way. While investigating the noise one…

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  • Analysis: A Whodunit For All Time

    A Whodunit for All Time HOLLAND, MI - A few weeks ago, a woman fell to her untimely death in the atrium of Schaap Science Center at Hope College. Because the woman was a teaching assistant at Hope College in a class where few students were doing well, foul play was immediately suspected by the investigating officers. While security footage did not capture her death, the Holland Police Department forensics team was able to collect biological data from the scene for analysis. Since that time,…

    Words: 1997 - Pages: 8
  • Analysis Of Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie

    the main character Poirot. Third, comparison between Murder on the Orient Express and: Miss Murple and the character Sherlock Holmes. Lastly, the closure of the paper. Laura’s work goes from the second paragraph on page 6- The purpose of this work is to understand why this novel was hailed as a success, getting to know more about Agatha Christie’s work and to go in depth on this masterpiece. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) is considered the grand dame of British…

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  • Crime Fiction Tv Show Analysis

    where Miss Fisher breaks into the criminal’s hideout and reveals to the audience the “whodunit” before the local police force, composed of mostly male detectives mocks the efficiency and investigation skills the police have when faced with a murder case. Similarly, when the murderer is revealed to be the victim’s wife, another feature of crime fiction is subverted. This information emphasises how criminals can be everyday people and that they aren’t necessarily male. People of both genders can…

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  • Janie Bolitho Essay

    and the Rose Trevelyan series. Set in a landscape that was overly familiar to the author, the setting seems to come to life in its remarkable attention to detail. While Janie Bolitho’s novels are classified as crime detective mysteries, the argument could be made that they are more of a cozy mystery subgenre. They lack most of the gore and blood that the much of crime detective mysteries typically have though they have a lot of atmosphere and plenty of fast-paced action. Her first police…

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  • Thornewood Hall: A Short Story

    Chapter One Thornewood Hall There are two types of people in Whodunit Hill: the sincere and the shady. So when Miss Sims, a checker at the Root & Shoot greengrocer thought she saw a ghost in front of Thornewood Hall I didn’t know what to believe. But I figured her claim had to be considered. Anyway, that was what got me into this pickle in the first place. By pickle, I mean the fact that I’m staring at the ghoul as it flashes blue in a tangled sea of tattered sheers. The drapes dropped to the…

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  • How To Read Murder Mystery Essay

    must often times suspend is pity. If the reader stops to feel pity and sympathy for each and every victim that is killed, butchered, decapitated, maimed, crippled, injured, or otherwise mauled, or if the reader stops to feel such terrible horror that such a thing could happen in our modern world of today, then that person who is reading the text will never truly enjoy reading murder mysteries; they cannot separate themselves properly from the fictional world. The truly and unquestionably devoted…

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  • Willaston Place: A Short Story

    Chapter One Willaston Place Whodunit, midnight in late July. The night sky weighed over Willaston’s spiky rooftop, and the ghost was watching. Standing there silently winding around the drapes, a shadow floating in shadows peering down at the ragged lawn. “Creepy on your three o’clock,” I whispered. My partner, Seth Holloway—a tall, slim sleuth wearing a brown trench coat and a deerstalker cap—continued fiddling with his flashlight. He liked to tinker. Seriously, a high school marching band…

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  • Ghost Narrative

    nefarious plan and plenty of minions to carry out his orders. But I should start at the beginning, so you get to hear the whole story. It all started when Miss Sims, a checker at the Root & Shoot Greengrocer said she saw a ghost in an attic window at Willaston Place, if you can believe it. Personally, I wasn’t sure, but as one of the agency’s top twelve-year-old sleuths, I figured her claim had to be considered. So Seth and I sprinted for the gravel drive that opened onto the grass and there it…

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