From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Fictional character.

In the Sherlock Holmes stories

Inspector Lestrade (on the left) by Sidney Paget (in The Adventure of the Six Napoleons)


  • He was a lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking. (BOSC 182, STUD 533)
  • He was a little sallow, rat-faced, dark-eyed fellow. (STUD, 277)
  • He was a well-known detective. (STUD, 329)
  • He and Gregson are the pick of a bad lot. They are both quick and energetic, but conventional - shockingly so. They have their knives into one another, too. They are as jealous as a pair of professional beauties. (STUD, 448)
  • He was the best of the professionals. (HOUN, 3296)
  • He didn't add imagination to his other great qualities. (NORW, 189)
  • He was absolutely devoid of reason, but he was as tenacious as a bull-dog when he once understood what he had to do, and indeed it was just this tenacity which has brought him to the top at Scotland Yard. (CARD, 285)

His cases

Relationship with Sherlock Holmes