I just came across this wonderful article by Andrew Lane (author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series) in the Guardian Children's Books section, and I thought I'd pass on the link. Lane is discussing (briefly) how Sherlock Holmes went about solving crimes at a time when police work was in it's infancy... just bare bones, really. I wanted to also really give a plug for the Young Sherlock Holmes series by Lane. Here, we have Sherlock as a fourteen year old, and we get to see how his investigative skills developed.... an interesting peak into the making of a (fictional) master of detection. And, I have to say, a great read for any fans, young or old, or Sherlock Holmes.
The third book in the series; Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice, is out now. And if you haven't read the others (Death Cloud and Red Leech), summer is the perfect time to catch up. http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2011/jun/30/sherlock-holmes-young-sherlock