Unit 8 – reading

Read the text and complete the exercise.

 Legendary Private Investigators

There are lots of famous detectives in books. They are probably so popular because they don’t always work in the same way as real-life detectives.

Sherlock Holmes is a very intelligent detective who was created by Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th century. He thinks about every detail and solves even the most complicated cases. In Doyle’s books the famous detective lives at 221b, Baker Street, London. There is a Sherlock Holmes Museum at this address today.

Another very clever character is Hercule Poirot. He appeared in Agatha Christie’s novels from 1920 to 1975. He is always elegantly dressed and he hates dust and disorder. His French surname means ‘like a pear’ and describes his figure nicely. His friend Captain Hastings, his secretary Miss Lemon and Scotland Yard inspector Japp think very highly of him although he is often a little bit annoying.

Miss Marple, another character created by Agatha Christie, is an old lady. She is very good at observing things and is also very bright. She lives in a small village most of the time. But when she travels, there are always murders which she helps to solve. She isn’t married and she has a nephew.

There are two more interesting investigators from the modern times. The first one, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, first appeared in a novel by Caroline Graham in the 1980s. He works with his colleague, Sergeant Troy, who is quite different from Barnaby. The stories take place in an imaginary town in England, called Causton. Seven novels by Caroline Graham served as the basis for the early episodes of the famous Midsomer Murders TV series.

The second one is Mma Ramotswe, a lady from Botswana, Africa. She has appeared in more than ten novels by Alexander McCall Smith. She has an assistant, Mma Makutsi, two adopted children, a gentle husband, who runs a garage, and lots of friends. Mma Ramotswe and her assistant often drink tea and talk in their office but they are very good at solving mysteries.

Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?

  T F
1        Sherlock Holmes can solve very difficult problems.    
2        Sherlock Holmes lived in a bakery.    
3        Hercule Poirot has got a lot of beautiful clothes.    
4        Hercule Poirot looks like a pear.    
5        Miss Marple lives in London.    
6        Miss Marple has got one child.    
7        Causton isn’t a real town.    
8        Sergeant Troy is like Inspector Barnaby.    
9        Lots of people watch Midsomer Murders.    
10    Mma Ramotswe is African.    




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