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Kelly Reilly rounds off a year of nailing supporting roles opposite Hollywood stars by playing Dr Watson's girlfriend in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes'. But why is an actor who built her reputation working for directors from Poliakoff to Frears to Marber still playing second fiddle? The answer, she tells Craig McLean, is anything but elementary

Holmes sweet Holmes: Literature's greatest sleuth

The master of deductive reasoning, he has kept readers, cinema-goers and crazed fans guessing for more than a century. As Sherlock Holmes returns once again in a new film, John Walsh investigates the case of the crime-fighter who just won't die

Edgar Allan Poe given funeral 160 years after his mysterious death

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The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, By Russell Miller

Allowed access to the Conan Doyle archive of Richard Lancelyn Green, whose probable suicide seems contrived as a Holmesian mystery, Miller has produced an epic portrait, though the Holmes yarns are treated somewhat sketchily.

Unfinished Greene mystery found by French academic

Lost murder mystery to be published by magazine, but still needs an ending

All quiet on the grunting front

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Games Review: Sherlock Holmes: the Mystery of the Mummy

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The Rachel McAdams capers

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