It’s a Mystery! Elements of a Genre.

First, some background on our most famous mystery solver:

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Known as a “consulting detective” in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard. –

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the fictional detective, which became one of the most famous characters in all of English literature. Together with his partner Dr. Watson, Holmes was able to solve even the most difficult mysterious cases by careful observation and keen deduction.

Next, here’s a video with LOTS of examples of mysteries that you may have seen on TV or in the movies. It also explains a lot about types of mysteries and how they’re made mysterious. Admittedly, there’s a lot of information given out rather quickly, but I think it’s interesting enough to look at:

There are 6 main elements of a mystery that we’ll look at: Mysteryelements

Please fill out the following sheet: ElementsofaMystery (.pdf)

Mystery #1:


As you read through the stories of his adventures, try to pick out clues that might help you to figure out the answer to the mystery!


Take some time and try to put together the pieces of the mystery and see if you can figure it out. When you think you have it, read the next part.


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