The Real World of Sherlock Holmes

Peter Costello

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Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes' detective genius and uncanny powers of deduction actually existed. His ability to draw startling conclusions from the barest of evidence and to solve cases which baffled the police was shared by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, pioneer, author, doctor and master criminologist. This book draws on entirely new research, the author tells the story of the crimes that inspired Holmes' exploits, and the cases in which Conan Doyle became involved himself, often when the police had failed and he had received a request for Sherlock Holmes' help. Other cases and insights inito how closely many of the Sherlock Holmes stories were influenced by real cases are revealed by the author who also wrote "Leopold Bloom" .

From Kirkus Reviews: Whether you agree or not that Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective who never lived, there is little evidence here that his maker, Conan Doyle, could have been admitted to the first rank of investigators--unless enthusiasm for the grisly be the prime qualification. In a rehash of cases that interested Conan Doyle enough to publicly comment on, Costello (Jules Verne, 1978, etc.) begins with Conan Doyle's childhood enthusiasm for Madame Tussaud's (``I am delighted with the room of Horrors and with the images of the murderers''); documents his subject's membership in the secretive Crimes Club, a discussion group that concentrated on the infamous, such as Jack the Ripper (Conan Doyle felt more should have been done with the Ripper's handwriting samples); follows Conan Doyle from England to America to South Africa to Australia, and recaps the mysteries he came in contact with in each. Costello recounts Conan Doyle's appearance at the Crippen trial; his Scotland Yard communication over the ``Brides in the Bath'' murders; his incontrovertible proof that George Edalji was innocent (although the Home Office didn't seem to care); his pesky snooping into the Agatha Christie disappearance (Conan Doyle, out of deference to a fellow author, knew more than he told about her motive); and his opinion of Sacco and Vanzetti (``the two Italians were executed not as murderers but as anarchists''). Costello cites a dozen or more cases, some seeming to reflect his own interest more than Conan Doyle's, then ventures into dicey territory: Conan Doyle's spiritualism and his trust in clues/solutions rendered by various prominent mediums. An incorrigible tendency toward abbreviating Conan Doyle's views to promulgate his own diminishes Costello's well-researched quasi-biography, which ultimately makes the crimes more interesting than the crimewriter. (Sixteen-page photo insert--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Title: The Real World of Sherlock Holmes
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Book Description Robinson, 1991. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Hardback. This book is based on a remarkable discovery: Sherlock Holmes's methods of deduction and observation were actually those of his creator and used in order to solve real crimes. The author draws on entirely new research to follow the tracks Conan Doyle left as he entered the real world of Sherlock Holmes. The author has, for the first time, pieced together the evidence and the background to the mysterious Oscar Slater case, uncovering a staggering police cover-up which protected a prominent Scottish doctor from being implicated in the case. He reveals that it is largely towards Conan Doyle that we must look to discover the mind behind the detection of George Smith, the ruthless Brides in the Bath murderer, and the discovery of the location of the hidden grave at Moat House Farm. Again the marks of Conan Doyle's unparalleled powers of 'elementary' deduction are revealed in his correspondence concerning the identity of Jack the Ripper. Other chapter headings include : The Persecution of George Edalji; Stolen: The Irish Crown Jewels; The Langham Hotel Mystery; Was Crippen Innocent?; Ned Kelly and Fisher's Ghost: Crime in Australasia; The Strange Death of the General's Wife; The Crowborough Chicken Farm Murder; + much, much more. Illus. + Notes and Sources. 235pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Includes loosely inserted copy of a 4pp. article from the 'Saturday Review' 1922, entitled 'Hymns and Humbug: Doings At A Seance - Sir A. Conan Doyle Takes Me To Hear Spirit Voices, and I Discover Self-Deception and Humbug' by Filson Young. This article was sent to Wilf Gregg by his great friend, crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. in Nr. F. dw. Bookseller Inventory # 13664

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