The Ardlamont mystery: the real-life story behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes

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Michael O'Mara Books Limited,
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December 1893. Arthur Conan Doyle shocks his legions of fans by killing off the world’s favorite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, in Scotland, a sensational real-life murder trial is playing out. Alfred Monson, a scion of the aristocracy, is charged with killing a young army lieutenant, Cecil Hambrough, on the sprawling Ardlamont estate. The worlds of crime fiction and crime fact are about to collide spectacularly. Among the key prosecution witnesses were two esteemed Edinburgh doctors, Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn. Bell—Doyle's tutor when the author studied medicine in the 1870s—had recently been unmasked as the inspiration behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes. But what the public did not know was that Bell and Littlejohn—a pioneer in the emerging field of forensic detection—had actually been investigating crimes together for more than 20 years. Littlejohn deserves equal billing as the prototype of Baker Street's most famous resident. This book re-examines the evidence of the case that gripped Victorian Britain, putting forward his own theory as to why Cecil Hambrough was murdered. Outlining the key roles of the men whose powers of deduction and detection had so inspired Doyle, Smith explores the real-world origins of Sherlock Holmes through the prism of a mystery as engrossing as any case the Great Detective ever tackled. 
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display_descriptionThe Ardlamont murder trial, which took place in Edinburgh's High Court in December 1893, was the culmination of one of the most intriguing criminal cases in British legal history. But perhaps more remarkable than that was that it brought together the two principal real-life inspirations behind the creation of the world's favourite fictional consulting detective: Sherlock Holmes. Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn were Professors of Medicine at Edinburgh University. As educators, medical trailblazers and social reformers, the two friends were pioneers in the emerging world of forensic science, and both were called as expert witnesses at the Ardlamont murder trial. Under their tutelage had been a young student named Arthur Conan Doyle. He had served as an assistant to Bell, where he was able to scrutinise at first-hand Bell's remarkable deductive powers. In fact, Conan Doyle went on to say of Bell: 'It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes'.
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ils:.b20672147BookBooksEnglishMichael O'Mara Books Limited, 2018.254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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subject_facetBell, Joseph, -- 1837-1911
Doyle, Arthur Conan, -- 1859-1930 -- Characters -- Sherlock Holmes
Hambrough, Windsor Dudley Cecil, -- 1873-1893 -- Death
Littlejohn, Henry -- (Henry Duncan), -- 1826-1914
Monson, Alfred J. -- (Alfred John), -- 1860- -- Trials, litigation, etc
Murder -- Scotland -- Argyllshire -- History -- 19th century
Trials (Murder) -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- History -- 19th century
title_displayThe Ardlamont mystery : the real-life story behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes
title_fullThe Ardlamont mystery : the real-life story behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes / Daniel Smith
title_shortThe Ardlamont mystery
title_subthe real-life story behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes