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Mr Athelney Jones

We find the crime fiction trope of the bumbling police officer in the Sherlock Holmes novels in the form of Mr Athelney Jones.

Athelney Jones exemplifies the crime fiction trope of the bumbling police officer, and in this sense he features in the novel as a way of making Holmes looker smarter and more modern. But Jones is also described using varous class markers. In this video, I take a close look at Jones, focusing on his looks, his philosophy and his social position.

What’s all this then?

What other examples of “bumbling police officers” in crime fiction books or tv can you think of?

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