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Location Languedoc, France
Position City
Appearances A Study in Scarlet
"The Empty House"
"The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax"

Montpellier is a city located in the Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coast of southern France. The city is home to an old and significant university, founded in 1298.

Canon appearances

A Study in Scarlet

Sherlock Holmes recounts two former cases that he studied which occurred in Montpellier. He mentions that the first, the Lefèvre case, would have benefitted from a new method of detecting hemoglobin he had developed; the second, the Leturier case, involved the forcible administration of poison, which suggested to Holmes the solution to the Drebber and Stangerson murders.

"The Adventure of the Empty House"

Holmes informs to Dr Watson that during his absence from England he spent several months in a Montpellier laboratory doing research on coal-tar derivatives.

"The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax"

Watson travels to Montpellier to interview Marie Devine, the maid of Lady Frances Carfax. While speaking with her he notices and confronts a bearded man outside her window: the man attacks him, but Watson is saved by a disguised Holmes. Holmes reveals the man to be Philip Green, a former suitor of Lady Frances who is obsessed with winning her over.

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