detective work

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Noun1.detective work - a police investigation to determine the perpetratordetective work - a police investigation to determine the perpetrator; "detection is hard on the feet"
police investigation, police work - the investigation of criminal activities
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He used to say that all good detective work was a mere matter of method.
You wonder," said my companion, "why it is that Mycroft does not use his powers for detective work.
I give this talk at length, because I am so proud of my first attempt at detective work.
As a retired 93-year-old in 1947, the great detective, who has witnessed first-hand the devastation of nuclear warfare in Japan, retreats to a seaside farmhouse where he and a young boy revisit the case that made him give up his detective work.
He said: "The court regards the failure by the police to undertake basic detective work of counting the number of plants as quite unacceptable and a complete failure to discharge their duty to the court and the public.
His earnestness and dedication to his detective work against all manner of hurdles provides a feast of laughs as Timmy ponders his solutions and works on his strategems.
Police said: "This was a crime that didn't take too much detective work as the suspect's face was clearly visible from the CCTV.
Acting Detective Inspector Steve Walters, who investigated, said: "The three were clearly about to commit a crime of some description, but some really fast detective work allowed us not only to stop them but arrest them and bring them to justice.
Jayne McKay from Sketts said: "Our search for Monsieur Maury, with much detective work, lots of false leads and a number of red herrings, seemed to have ended up in a proverbial cul-de-sac.
Eddie Shoestring is a computer expert who suffers a nervous breakdown and turns to detective work instead.
ALOST military honour awarded to a North East soldier killed in France almost a century ago has been returned to his family thanks to some amateur detective work by a relative.
The 66-year-old, who died suddenly last Wednesday, won West Yorkshire's top award for detective work along with three colleagues for solving one of this country's most notorious crimes.