The Society of Infallible Detectives

Real Name

The International Society of Infallible Detectives

First Appearance

"The Adventure of the Mona Lisa" in Century Magazine (January, 1912)

Original Publisher

Created by

Carolyn Wells


The Society of Infallible Detectives was a team of the most well known detectives of the late 19th and early 20th century. However, their adventures seemed to have been a parody, in which the detectives proved ineffectual as a team, mainly because each detective insisted on solving the mystery himself.

The society was led by Sherlock Holmes and came to order at the society's headquarters on Fakir Street in London. They investigated the robbery of the Mona Lisa painting, as well as other crimes.

Membership included: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Arsène Lupin, Craig Kennedy, Monsieur Lecoq, Rouletabille, A.J. Raffles (E.W. Hornung), C. Auguste Dupin (Edgar Allan Poe), S.S. "The Thinking Machine" Van Dusen (Jacques Futrelle), Philip Trent (E.C. Bentley), Ebenezer Gryce (Anna Katherine Green), Calvin "Scientific" Sprague (Francis Lynde), Luther Trant (William MacHarg and Edwin Balmer), and M. Eugène François Vidocq.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • "The Adventure of the Mona Lisa" in Century Magazine (January, 1912)
  • "The Adventure of the Clothes-Line" in Century Magazine (May, 1915)
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