"I got the idea from a book I found in the barn, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's the best book I've come across in a long time, and you'll admit I know something about literature."Over the weekend I had the immense pleasure of re-reading Freddy the Detective. lt's the third book in the 26-book Freddy the Pig series, and the one in which Freddy really broke out as the main character.
-- Freddy the Detective, 1932
If you are fortunate enough to have already encountered Freddy, you know that he is no ordinary pig. He is also a magician, a bank president, a poet, a newspaper editor, a cowboy . . . I could go on. He is the ultimate Renaissance pig. But every adventure involves a bit of a mystery that Freddy has to solve.
When he and his partner, the sensible cow Mrs. Wiggins start their firm of Frederick & Wiggins Detectives, Freddy he creates a big a sign which ends, "Not a loss to a client in more than a century." Mrs. Wiggins objects, noting, "We haven't been in business but a week." "What difference does that make?" Freddy fires back. "It's true isn't it?"
Freddy gets more than just the idea of being a detective from Sherlock Holmes. He also adopts many of the Master's most successful techniques, such as :
- Shadowing suspects;
- Following a trail;
- Looking for parallel cases that might suggest a solution (for Freddy, this means re-reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes); and
Yes, among his many disguises was a sailor and a little old lady. And he is hardly ever unmasked as a pig. That proves that he was a magician!
Who is your favorite fictional disciple of Sherlock Holmes?