It is no mystery why so many of us (yes, including me) as children go through a phase of wanting to be a detective like Sherlock Holmes. The adventure. The intrigue. The prestige that comes with being able to solve a case that everyone else has declared unsolvable. Even into our adult years many of us (still including me) continue to  seek out mystery, watching magic shows and following the capers of the bumbling but deftly perceptive Monk. For Bonnie Robison, student of civil engineering and lover of detective fiction, Sherlock Holmes remains a figure of fascination, exploration, and sheer cleverness. No matter where she goes, she totes along this much-loved (and much-battered) copy of Volume 2 of the Complete Sherlock Holmes.

I met with Bonnie in her apartment about a week ago to discuss her passion for detective fiction and she so graciously shared her beloved book with me.

In case your attention wavered a bit (the first rule of becoming a detective is to develop the art of being observant) , here is the text of the passage Bonnie read.

“A problem without a solution may interest the student but can hardly fail to annoy the casual reader. Among these unfinished tales is that of Mr. James Phillimore who, stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella, was never more seen in this world. No less remarkable is that of the cutter Alicia which sailed one spring morning into a small patch of mist from where she never again emerged nor was anything further ever heard of herself and her crew. A third case worthy of note is that of Isadora Persano the well known journalist and duellist who was found stark staring mad with a matchbox in front of him which contained a remarkable worm said to be unknown to science.”- The Problem of Thor Bridge.

If you want to read more Sherlock Holmes, check out this site for online versions of many of the stories. If you want to be like Sherlock Holmes, click here to start cultivating your 19th century detective style.

Seriously though.  Even penguins want to be like Sherlock Holmes.

Doyle would be so proud.