Sherlock Holmes: All You Need to Know, in 17 Vintage Charts!


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Adam Frost and Jim Kynvin have prepared for The Guardian a set of 17 marvellous charts that study in detail the cases and success of the world’s brightest and first consulting detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

The data for the charts is collected in an impressive spreadsheet document, and has been split into 17 different slides, each slide representing it’s own chart.

The visuals are brilliantly designed, with a vintage feel of the early 20th century. The data is presented using illustrations from early editions of Sherlock Holmes books.

Holmes, one of the most recognizable characters in all of fiction, was created by Scottish writer, medical doctor, and later prolific and eccentric spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The first novel in which Holmes appeared was The Study in Scarlet, published as a book by Ward Lock & Co in 1888. During Doyle’s lifetime, Holmes appeared in three additional novels and a total 56 short stories. At one point, tiring of writing about the character, Doyle even killed him off! Only to bring him back again for more adventures at the imploring of Holmes very large fan base.

The charts below give you a chance to explore the most common deductive methods that Holmes used to crack his cases, and the various locales in which the cases were set.

Interesting to note that the characters chart reveals Dr. Watson as having been absent in two of the stories. Additionally, the evil Professor Moriarty, who gradually became Sherlock’s nemesis thanks to hundreds of film, TV, and later fictional adaptations, originally appeared in only three of Doyle’s stories.

















A complete collection of Sherlock Holmes works is available on Amazon for just $0.99.

The complete work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also available free in the public domain. So you can read and download ebook versions of his books for free at websites such as

(Source: Since the complete work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is now available free in the public domain, you can read and download ebook versions of his books for free at


My favorite Sherlock Holmes actor in my favorite BBC episode of Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson. The series is set in modern times, but this episode, a stand-alone exception, hearkened back to the gaslight streets so necessary for a greatest Holmes stories. (Image: Pinterest. Quote: Sherlock, BBC series. Font: 500 Fonts/design by Sanguine Woods)

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