The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
A brilliant London-based "consulting detcetive", Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his forensic science skill to solve difficult cases. Doyle said that the charecter of Holmes was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell, for Whom Doyle had worked as a clerk at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusion from the smallest observations. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first story, A study in scarlet, appeared in 1887 and the second, THe sign of the four in 1890. the charecter grew tremendously in popularity with the beggning of the first series of short stories in strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial from appeared between then and 1927.