#BookBeginnings Conan Doyle for the Defense

Today I’m reading a true crime novel, Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!


book-beginnings- Conan Doyle for the Defense

Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox

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Summary:   Famous for his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also dabbled in detection. In this true crime book, Margalit Fox reveals that for the last twenty years of his life Conan Doyle worked to free an innocent man convicted of murder.


It was one of the most notorious murders of its age. Galvanizing early twentieth-century Britain and before long the world, it involved a patrician victim, stolen diamonds, a transatlantic manhunt, and a cunning maidservant who knew far more than she could ever be persuaded to tell.


I’ve seen this on two “best of/must read” lists lately, so decided to give it a try. So far I really like the author’s style. She keeps interest running high.

What do you think? Would you like to learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes?


  1. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    Sounds like a must read for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My Friday quotes and a short review of WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE

    • Roberta

      I think fans of true crime will get something out of it, too.

  2. Ashley S.

    This sounds fascinating! Enjoy! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    A must-read for sure!

  4. Nicki J. Markus

    Sounds like it could be an interesting read!

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