• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

After Reading Three Crime Stories, Which Detective Do You Find Most Believeable?

Extracts from this document...


AFTER READING THREE CRIME STORIES, WHICH DETECTIVE DO YOU FIND MOST BELIEVEABLE? Over the last few weeks I have thoroughly analyzed four uniquely different detective stories. Each story was gripping and compelling in its own way. The first story I read was titled 'A Wife in a Million' by Val McDermid. Basically in this story detective Maggie Staniforth is called in to investigate mysterious murders occurring in the area, whilst trying to keep her relationship under control. The second story is titled 'The Man with the twisted Lip' written by the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'. In this detective story Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr James Watson try to unravel an ominous case where a man seems to vanish without a trace. In this case Holmes has to use all his legendary detective qualities to unravel a truly bizarre case. The third story which I read was titled 'superfluous Murder' written by Milward Kennedy. In this ironic story Mr. John Mansbridge attempts to kill his cousin Felix Mansbridge in a bitter money dispute, however it becomes evident that John Mansbridge is too smart for his own good, and it is up to the detective to unravel a truly superfluous murder. ...read more.


evidence, looks at something from all angles, comes to a conclusion and unlike the detective in 'Superfluous Murder' is open to other ideas "The impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner..." and "...maybe you will see a spark where all is dark to me" Also what makes Sherlock Holmes more believable is like Maggie in 'A Wife in a Million' he is devoted to his work "...his mind would go for days, and even for a week, without rest". Also unlike Maggie in 'A Wife in a Million' Sherlock Holmes always keeps his emotions under control and doesn't let anything get in the way of him solving the case. Something else which makes Sherlock Holmes believable is that he was not the perfect detective as he did make mistakes whilst trying to solve the case. For instance Holmes assumed that Neville St.Clare was dead before he read his letter, but then later he finds out that Neville St.Clare is still alive. Despite all of this I believe that the ending of the story made the detective a bit less convincing, as I believe that it would be unlikely for a detective to just waltz into a murder suspect's room without any objections from the police officer on duty. ...read more.


Since he came from America "I am American by birth and by upbringing" it is surprising that he doesn't sound very American at all, in my opinion he sounds more British than American. So basically it would take much more than an once of shag and five pillows to make me believe that these detectives were something other than a work of fiction. My conclusion to reading all four of these stories is that the detective in Superfluous Murder is the most convincing out of all five detectives I have studied. I believe this as this detective basically had all the good points of all the other detectives and very few of the bad points. The only debatable thing about this detective is the fact that he is not described as a character and you do not get any idea of his personal life like Maggie in 'a wife in a million'. However the sheer ease in which he solves a bizarre crime is excellent and he uses all the skill a real life detective would need. To sum it up, this detective was so believable that it was hard to believe my self that the detective in 'superfluous murder' was fictional. 1736 words English Homework Folasayo Ogundele ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. An essay to investigate the disturbing and reassuring aspects in the three stories

    Another gothic trait is Stoke Moran's gloomy setting, the writer depicts: 'from amid the branches there jutted out the gray gables and high roof tree of a very old mansion'. A further gothic characteristic expressed in Doyle's writing is the ventilator in Helen's room.

  2. What has made the detective stories of Sherlock Holmes so popular over the ...

    and the suspect(s). These are all important features needed to make a good detective crime fiction story. As are the elements of mystery and suspense; these all-important aspects are what keeps the reader reading on. They keep the atmosphere and mood, and build it up until the outcome at the end, where all is finally revealed.

  1. Introduction and Conclusion

    An example of such scientist is Darwin. Darwin would use his scientific skills, just as Holmes does, but would apply them to looking at a disease under a microscope or when analyzing information that he has collected. Not only can Holmes be likened to a leading scientist such as Darwin

  2. These three stories demonstrate the skill and power of Sherlock Holmes as a detective

    Holmes life revolves around crime as he has a great passion for solving it, he works because it's his hobby and because he hates the police he also didn't get paid for it but he always got money out of it from gestures i.e.

  1. In the beginning of my second story, written by Charles Dickens, The Signalman, the ...

    The reader will appreciate this play on words, as it seems like a clever, sickening twist. One Friday night in March then again on 24th March, 1812-' were windy, noisy days which filled the house and gardens with a restless impression' * 'A restless impression' suggests a disturbed, agitated, impatient,

  2. Comparison Of Two 19th Century Crime Stories.

    Doyle depicts Watson as an honest, '...and perhaps a little resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits,' and dedicated friend as well as a colleague. All through out the story Watson narrates his partner in an admiring approach, as it shows that he characterises him as an ideal

  1. Compare and contrast four different crime stories, 'A wife in a million', 'Superfluous murder', ...

    Maggie is a very hard working detective as "it was three when Maggie Staniforth closed the front door behind her". This shows that though she may not enjoy her job very much, she will still persevere out of pride to complete her task.

  2. After reading four crime stories, which detective do you find most convincing?

    The detective in 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' is the worlds most heard of detective called Sherlock Holmes. From the beginning of the story you hear of him unlike the detective in 'Superfluous Murder'. From the story we find out that Sherlock is very assertive "it was difficult to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work