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27th Sep '16 1:24:42 AM foxley
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* J.L. "Fatman'' [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.

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* J.L. "Fatman'' "Fatman" [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.
27th Sep '16 1:23:51 AM foxley
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* The Fat Man of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatMan''?

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* The Fat Man J.L. "Fatman'' [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatMan''?''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.
8th Sep '16 7:03:00 AM DaibhidC
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* In "Mr Strang Accepts a Challenge" by Bill Brittain, Brittain's logic teacher detective solves a six-month-old crime without leaving the classroom, to demonstrate the practical uses of logic to his students.
7th Sep '16 5:49:14 AM DaibhidC
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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.
however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.



* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjectsOfficer'': Flim Flanagan will often arrive on the scene of a crime committed by the Fox after The Hunter has solved it.
* Similarly, the animated Dick Tracy shows up right after one of his irregulars (Hemlock Holmes, Go Go Gomez, Joe Jitsu, Heap O'Calorie) wraps up a case.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjectsOfficer'': ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects'': Officer Flim Flanagan will often arrive on the scene of a crime committed by the Fox after The Hunter has solved it.
* Similarly, the animated Dick Tracy ComicStrip/DickTracy shows up right after one of his irregulars (Hemlock Holmes, Go Go Gomez, Joe Jitsu, Heap O'Calorie) wraps up a case.
7th Sep '16 5:43:27 AM DaibhidC
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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.
7th Sep '16 5:33:55 AM DaibhidC
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* Penelope Peters in the short stories "Death Rides the Elevator" and "Murder in Monkeyland" by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg is a severe agoraphobic who not only can't leave her house, but can't be in a room with windows. Like Nero Wolfe, she has an assistant to act as her legman, unlike Archie Goodwin, his job is simplified by it being the turn of the millennium, so he can contact her with his cellphone while in the middle of an investigation.
19th Aug '16 8:57:06 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi�s MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica). It�s implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can�t because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don�t want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName ClearHisName]], and given his situation as everyone�s ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.

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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi�s Parodi's MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica). It�s It's implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can�t can't because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don�t don't want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName ClearHisName]], Clear His Name]], and given his situation as everyone�s everyone's ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.
18th Aug '16 10:14:40 PM Adept
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* Literature/HerculePoirot once solved a crime without leaving his room for a bet. No phone was involved though, he just asked for police reports (and used his friend Hastings to run errands). On another occasion he was in bed with flu, and contacted Hastings at the scene via telegram.


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** Poirot had once solved a crime without leaving his room for a bet. No phone was involved though, he just asked for police reports (and used his friend Hastings to run errands). On another occasion he was in bed with flu, and contacted Hastings at the scene via telegram.
29th Jul '16 4:30:35 AM Adept
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** In ''Literature/ThreeActsTragedy'', Poirot comes in late in the story, and by the time he becomes involved, most of the bulk investigation has been completed by the {{Amateur Sleuth}}s. Poirot would remain in the background throughout the entire case, while the other three reported the results their investigations to him.

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** In ''Literature/ThreeActsTragedy'', ''Literature/ThreeActTragedy'', Poirot comes in late in the story, and by the time he becomes involved, most of the bulk investigation has been completed by the {{Amateur Sleuth}}s. Poirot would remain in the background throughout the entire case, while the other three reported the results their investigations to him.
29th Jul '16 4:29:58 AM Adept
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* Literature/HerculePoirot is a psychological detective who doesn't bother with searching for physical evidences and running around looking for clues. Occasionally, he would use only the testimonies and written eyewitness accounts of the case to reconstruct the whole truth behind it
** In ''Literature/ThreeActsTragedy'', Poirot comes in late in the story, and by the time he becomes involved, most of the bulk investigation has been completed by the {{Amateur Sleuth}}s. Poirot would remain in the background throughout the entire case, while the other three reported the results their investigations to him.
** In ''Literature/TheClocks'', Poirot is retired and does not partake in the actual investigation. Instead, his friend Colin gave him his written account of the case, and the interrogation that has occurred. Poirot used this account to solve the mystery without having to set foot on the crime scene or even saying a single word to any of the suspects.
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