Conan Doyle for the Defence ★★★★★

Conan Doyle for the Defence
Margalit Fox

Genre(s) | Nonfiction, True Crime, History, Mystery, Biography
Goodreads Rating | 3.70
Humpo Show Rating | 4.75
Published: 2018
Publisher: Profile Books

Conan Doyle for the Defence

A wealthy 82-year-old woman is found brutally murdered in her home with her diamond brooch missing. Oscar Slater, a German migrant, was arrested and convicted for her murder despite the fact the police had no credible evidence tying him to the murder. He would spend the next 18 years in HM Prison Peterhead in Scotland before being released following some help from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes 130th Anniversary 🕵️

Sherlock Holmes 130th Anniversary 🕵️ 

The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die…

It has been 130 years since the famous master detective Sherlock Holmes appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual, his first appearance in print. A Study in Scarlet, the first work of Arthur Conan Doyle in his detective series, marks the beginning of the hugely successful series that has spanned many television, film and stage adaptations. The final novel that Conan Doyle had published, His Last Bow, also celebrates its centenary anniversary later this month (18th). Although there is some historical debate as to what the exact anniversary date is (between 21st November and 1st December), let’s just celebrate the famous detective through this tribute post!

Famous for donning a deerstalker hat when cases took him into the countryside, his mind palace where he collected and stored facts and information, his catchphrases, and his fantastical skills of deduction, Sherlock Holmes is the nation’s favourite detective, and his character has continued to survive and thrive for over one hundred and thirty years, a statistic that not many other characters can claim to match!

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My 100th Post!

My 100th Post!

With it being my 100th post, I thought I would share some things about me, and I have done that through some top tens of films, books, songs, actors, actresses and places that I like. I also want to say thank you to all my followers that have made me feel that my blog is somewhat interesting and have left comments and liked my blog posts. I know this is a bit of a long post and I apologise for that, but I can assure you this will be the longest post I ever do … until the 200th!

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Moriarty Review
By Anthony Horowitz

4.25 / 5

Darkness Falls but also Rises

Having read all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Collection and Anthony Horowitz’s House of Silk, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read a book devilishly titled Moriarty. Set in the immediate aftermath of The Final Problem, the scene of the dramatic showdown between Holmes and Moriarty at Reichemback Falls. Scotland Yard detective Athelney Jones and American Pinkerton investigator Frederick Chase form a determined partnership as they attempt to bring down an American criminal mastermind who has effectively taken over the criminal network created by Moriarty.

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Horowitz: A Master in Sherlockology

House of Silk

5 / 5

Perfect homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“The game once more, is afoot.” Anthony Horowitz has encapsulated all that we love about Sherlock Holmes, his fantastical deductions, astonishing methods of enquiry and brilliance in obtaining the truest state of the facts as can possibly be attained. What starts off as a peculiar circumstance involving some destroyed Constable Paintings and a notorious Boston Irish gang, turns out to lead to a case which threatens both Holmes and Watson’s lives.

A plethora of villains tries to deny Holmes from finding the inconspicuous and ambiguous place, called the House of Silk. The severity of the investigation, which his brother Mycroft had warned them against taking on, comes to fruition and Holmes’ resourcefulness and unique talent for disguise and misdirection are exemplified. Holmes finds himself calling upon his talents as the claws of the criminal beast enclose around him, and threaten his life like nothing before, save his memorable show down with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in “The Final Problem”.

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Sherlock Holmes Collection

The Sherlock Holmes Book Series
Arthur Conan Doyle


  Sherloc Holmes

A Study in Scarlett
The Sign of Four
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow & The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

 I have just finished reading the collection of novels and short stories of this phenomenal series by Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes and Watson’s enthralling cases encompass 2,400 pages of mystery that leaves the disbelieving reader in awe of Holmes’ talents. Watson narrates their adventures where he describes a cacophony of remarkable abilities that Holmes possesses. The skills that he draws on include great powers of observation, theorising, deduction and logical reasoning which are displayed in full splendour as he tackles crimes, mysteries and fantastical complexities. Holmes’ role as ‘consulting detective’ sees an assortment of characters enter the rooms of Holmes and Watson’s at Baker Street, varying from: foreign royalty and influential politicians to people in the poorest realms of London.

Within the dense miasma of London in the Victorian era, multifaceted problems are brought to Holmes’ attention, for his magnificent and heralded skills are needed to decipher them. The role as “consulting detective” which he created for himself ensures that he can aid with problems that are not in the police’s jurisdiction but because he finds the challenge of these unusual and singular matters testing and fascinating. Watson chronicles their encounters into events of the people of London which bring them to their rooms as well as chartering his close quarters analysis of Holmes, and he recants Holmes’ explanations of how he uses his logical reasoning, observation and vast knowledge to come to his conclusions.

Doyle introduces an eccentric, intelligent and talented character who is Sherlock Holmes in his first novel “A Study in Scarlett”. It also sees the formation of the famous detective partnership of Holmes and Watson. The novel is split into 2 parts, which is a technique Doyle uses later in “The Valley of Fear”, though the novel is not considered Doyle’s best work, it nevertheless introduced us to Holmes and his outstanding abilities to solve crimes and mysteries through observing the minutest of details. The succeeding novel is my favourite of the four novels, “The Sign of Four”. I found the complicated and mystifying storyline really compelling and the way that Holmes conducted his investigation was truly remarkable. The intriguing plot consists of a secret pact made of four convicts, a stolen treasure and the characters’ service in the East India Company during the 1857 Rebellion. It is a spectacular book and I can not recommend it highly enough.

The short stories are recorded in the books: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”, “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes”. A few of the short stories that I really enjoyed reading included: ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, ‘The Five Orange Pips’, ‘The Speckled Band’, ‘The Final Problem’, ‘The Empty House’, and ‘The Priory School’. These case offer different qualities and these stories are either of significant importance or are brilliantly puzzling and a resolution to the crime or problem appears completely unfeasible, but Holmes somehow uncovers the truth by using a plethora of his methods.

The Sherlock Holmes series, is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and I have been especially fascinated with Holmes’ character and his exceptional abilities that unravel seemingly impossible scenarios that are of a criminal nature or just out of his personal investigative interest.