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The fifth rule suggests that the culprit must be determined by logical deductions. The stories of sir Author Conon Doyle usually teems with logical deduction, but in the case of "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" Doyle has departed from his norm. In the story, no logical deduction was required as the culprit was known from the very beginning. The story was more on the theme of an adventure story rather than a detective story. In the very beginning of the story, Holmes introduced the culprit in the following words “I'll tell you, Watson. He is the king of all the blackmailers. Heaven helps the man, and still more the woman, whose secret and reputation come into the power of Milverton! With a smiling face and a heart of marble, he will squeeze and squeeze until he has drained them dry.” So, the story leaves no room for deduction as it begin with culprit being identified.
According to the rule 10 the culprit must turn out to be a person with whom the reader is familiar. "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" by Doyle completely disregards that rule as the major culprit in the story is a man who is not known to the reader till the very end.
Rule 19 states that the motives for all crimes in detective stories should not be international intrigues and politics of war and deception as they belong to a different category of fiction. However, in the ‘The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans’ Doyle goes somewhat against this rule as he introduced a crime related to international politics and espionage into the plot of a detective story. Regarding the subject of the story Holmes remarked, “There we have it at last, Watson! British government--Woolwich. Arsenal--technical papers--Brother Mycroft, the chain is complete”
In the light of the first rule, the reader must have equal opportunity for solving the mystery. But, the readers of the story "The Purloined Letter" written by Allen Edger Poe do not have that chance as the protagonist practically solves the whole mystery and finally narrates to the reader how he has accomplished it. Reader is not given a chance to go through the logical deduction stages of the process of solving the crime. “"In that case," replied Dupin, opening a drawer, and producing a check-book, "you may as well fill me up a check for the amount mentioned. When you have signed it, I will hand you the letter." I was astounded. The Prefect appeared absolutely thunder stricken.” The readers were as surprised as the narrator was since they were taken out of the loop of the deduction process of the crime.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange." Doyl, Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes. George Newnes, 1904. Print.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton." Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes. 1905. Print.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans." Doyle, Arthur Conan. His Last Bow. 1917. Print.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Purloined Letter. 1845. Print.