A really fascinating look at how Conan Doyle used his skill in detection to free an innocent man. #audiobook
Conan Doyle always seemed a little dull to me, not as clever as Sherlock, or the man the character was based on, Dr Bell, and deeply into spiritualism. But this redeems him. It shows an imperfect man who was concerned with justice and honor. It‘s also a Victorian true crime that shows how issues of class and bias affect attempts at justice.
Totally engrossed in this book.... and this taco so far. 🌮🍺📚
This was interesting. I love Sherlock Holmes but haven‘t read a lot on ACD. I didn‘t realize he solved real crimes as well as writing crime fiction. It was well written and researched. I enjoyed it. #readwomen
This is good so far, but wordy. Waiting for the lock picking class to start. #underemployedadventures
"The true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the worlds most famous detective writer." Starting one of my birthday books and enjoying the nonfiction kick. Also enjoying my pumpkin spice coffee from my #covertocover mug
Nothing says a beach vacay like a book and seafood. Just need a glass of wine.
I loved the idea behind the story, and it was obvious that Fox put a painstaking amount of research into the story. My only criticism is that it's written as a traditional nonfiction text. I'm so used to narrative nonfiction that it was difficult for me to read this writing style for so long. I would recommend to any ACD fans as well as historical nonfiction lovers.
For those who like historical true crime and/or Sherlock Holmes, this is a good book. You may also like it if you liked Arthur & George, which also features real-life detection by Conan Doyle.
I laughed way too hard at the "quotidian gossip" Oscar Slater's mum included in her letters to him: "Yes! It is quite correct Mrs. Lechtenstein has a big wart with long hair on her face". I think it's the "Yes!" at the beginning that really sells it ?
Reading this on a cloudy day while wearing my Sherlock Holmes socks. Really interesting so far
This sounds really interesting, but it's not getting any Litsy love. Anybody else hear good things or anything at all about this one?
What a fascinating book about a true crime investigation that went shockingly awry. The book is a thorough examination of the case within the culture of late Victorian/early twentieth century Scotland. Recommended to anyone who liked true crime reads.
Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Serpent‘s Tail/Profile Books, for the opportunity to review an ARC. Rating: 4 🌟