5 November 2014.
The real life mysteries that Conan Doyle investigated are fully described - the Edalji and Slater cases are the crux here - with Doyle's interest in crime demonstrated by his membership of the exclusive dining club eventually called the Crimes Club. This group discussed serious crimes and visited relevant places like the Jack the Ripper sites. A section on the development of European police forces with emphasis on the UK and attempts to establish a reliable and effective detective group really shows parallels to some of the Holmes canon and its emphasis on the limited nature of investigations by the official police compared with Holmes's use of observation, intuition and knowledge.
The centre of the picture for B. J. Rahn is the character of Conan Doyle himself. To Doyle himself she attributes the sense of justice and the investigative flair of Holmes. To any student of the Holmes works this book will provide an interesting reference work.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is, as far as I know, B. J. Rahn's first book though she had produced many articles on crime fiction.