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Conan Doyle's manuscripts reveal a meticulous chronicler

Recently acquired papers and manuscripts belonging to Sherlock Holmes's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, reveal him to be a meticulous chronicler of the minutiae of his life.

DJ Taylor: Sherlock Holmes is more than a brand name

Rupert Everett has canvassed the need for a different kind of Holmes, one without deerstalker

Baker Street blues

Charles Foley has been pilloried for selling papers belonging to his great-uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle. He tells Andrew Lycett why the auction is elementary

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Art mirrors life, as Inspector Morse is finally defeated by drinking and diabetes

CHIEF INSPECTOR Morse was killed off yesterday. Which means we must be rather concerned about the health of his creator, Colin Dexter.

An age-old story of friction in the world of fiction

INSPECTOR MORSE is no more. Diabetes finally got him, rather than a hail of gunfire from an Oxfordshire recidivist or a poisoned Scotch from a discarded lady friend. But the manner of his departure from this life is a remarkable thing.

Daggers out for the not-so-Scottish play

`Macbeth shall never

Why Hannibal's fans send a shiver down my spine

ne of the most depressing sentences I read last week fell from the pen of a Cambridge don called Dr Eric Griffiths. Writing in praise of the latest novel by Thomas Harris, the American thriller writer, Dr Griffiths concluded, "What scares us about Lecter is that he is a 'Dr'."

Obituary: Hillary Brooke

TALL, BLONDE and beautiful, Hillary Brooke holds an affectionate place in the memories of all aficionados of the Hollywood "B" movie. A consummate actress who gave excellent supporting performances in such films as Jane Eyre and The Enchanted Cottage, it is for her sterling work as "the other woman" or menace to such screen sleuths as Sherlock Holmes that she will be best remembered.

Digital Cable & satelite: Pick of the Day

GI JANE (10pm Sky Premier) is never going to win any awards for the complexity of its plot. Ridley Scott's satellite premiere centres on the simple idea of a tough woman (played with intensity by a famously shaven-headed Demi Moore, right) who is training to become the first female Navy SEAL and battling against the brutal sexism in the military. But Scott directs proceedings with his usual panache and choreographs even the most brutal scenes with his trademark sense of style.

Elementary school

Detective fiction has a lot to teach us about old-fashioned morals

Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the missing statue is solved

IT IS more than 70 years since Sherlock Holmes solved his last case, but he is still sent more than 40 letters a month to his rooms in Baker Street.

Wired up: Classic Books

Who would have thought that by the end of the Twentieth Century we would have produced an electronic global library beyond the wildest dreams of all previous great civilisations? From the ancients to Shakespeare and beyond - even Sherlock Holmes is out there, if you know where to look.

Rage over civil servant's fun

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