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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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His detective work took him to a London auction house and a military dealer on Merseyside before he finally located the medal, which was awarded for Bravery in the Field.
The highlight came in 1981 when he won the Dennis Hoban Trophy for outstanding detective work after he and other officers investigated three Huddersfield men for killing two women in Cheshire in a case known as the Boarded Barn murders.
These two distinct sets of interactions readily create difficult situations and inadvertently promote what one might term unconventional approaches to detective work.
In the 1990s, Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel researched a chronological Collected Poems (1994); Akiba Sullivan Harper complemented their fine detective work with Langston Hughes: Short Stories (1996).
Following his instincts into an abadoned mine, he kicks off an amazing adventure interlacing detective work, memories, and a keen command of knowledge; it reads as fast-paced and fluidly as a novel.
With a bit of detective work, we figured out that this is the set for the new series of Miss Marple, starring Amanda Holden and her Cutting It co-star Ben Daniels.
According to Drucker, most lenders are really excited about companies like his--they can outsource the detective work to someone else and concentrate on their core business.
Legros's detective work on the inscriptions and overlays serves as yet one other gloss for Tournon's study of Montaigne's variants, including marginalia in the exemplaire de Bordeaux.
Bond's expert narration of this combination of detective work, outdoor adventure, and plenty of action provides excitement at a good clip and at the same time maintains suspense as the complex threads unravel.
This November, For Us, the Living is being brought back from the dead, thanks to some nifty detective work by Heinlein Society researcher Robert James, who stumbled across a reference to the novel a year ago in the unpublished notes of biographer Leon Stover.
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A 280-year-old communion plate said to have been stolen from a Worcestershire village church by cattle drovers has been traced to a remote part of Wales after detective work by local historians.