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detective work

The act of investigating something. It can be applied to both serious and trivial situations. Nice detective work—I had a feeling Caitlin broke the vase, and now I know for sure. I'm doing my own detective work now, going through security footage to try to see who stole the car.
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Once over an abrupt dip of land and a dense tangle of thickets, the detectives actually lost the two figures they were following.
He seemed almost to hear the sniggers of the English detectives whom he had brought so far on a fantastic guess only to listen to the metaphysical gossip of two mild old parsons.
The film is directed by Tomoka Nagaoka (assistant director of "Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter") and written by Takahiro Okura, while Katsuo Ono returns as music composer.
Directed by Tomoka Nagaoka(Assistant Director on Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter ) and written by Takahiro Eikura( Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter ) with Katsuo Ono as a music composer, the film is based outside of Japan and set in Singapore.
Also commended were Detective Constable Andrew Carrington, Detective Constable Zoe Hamilton and Detective Sergeant Andrew Denny for their hard work in tracking down the killers of Greg Kelly in Mancetter, near Coventry.
But Sarah Bunin Benor, author of the Jewish English Lexicon website and professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, points to the first time shamus as detective is used in print, in a 1920 short story entitled "The Shamus," by Harry J.
CCTV images have been released of a man detectives would like to speak to in connection with an investigation launched following a report of a sexual assault in aLiverpoolbar.
Instead I want to draw the attention to the detective story, in which there is a strict distinction between the lawbreakers and their persecutors.
An APD detective assigned as liaison with the Alaska Information Analysis Center moved to the Crime Suppression Division as a dedicated Task Force Officer.
In a statement Tuesday, Somerville stated that his investigation of the case revealed that Detective Gomez responded "inappropriately and unprofessionally" in dealing with the teenagers, Chicago Tribune reported.
Somerville said the detective was conducting a theft investigation Monday when he came in contact with the teens, one of whom was a suspect in that investigation.
There is a new detective on the block and - The Vinyl Detective.
The name of Philo Vance, gentleman detective, is rarely recognized today.
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