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

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

In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder. One of USA Today's "Five new books you won't want to miss!" "Gripping . . . The book works on two levels, much like a good Holmes case."--Time For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills...

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Title: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
Author:Margalit Fox
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399589457
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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 Reviews

  • Melet
    Nov 22, 2018
    Such an interesting book! My husband picked it up for me as I am interested in all things Conan Doyle and Sherlockian, and it is a great narrative of a real life case on which CD cleared a man wrongfully convicted. But, unexpectedly, it is also a spot-on treatise on racial profiling an...
  • Nancy Oakes
    Sep 05, 2018
    I think a 3.7 is about right for this book. It's interesting for sure, but there's a lot here that could have been bypassed to make it flow better and give it more strength. In 1908, 82 year-old Marion Gilchrist of Glasgow was severely beaten to death in her flat. All that was miss...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    May 06, 2018
    Margalit Fox is mainly noted as a linguist, serving on many usage panels and boards for language usage handbooks. She also had a long career as writer of obituaries for the New York Times. But wait a minute. She didn?t just hack out death notices. Her tributes to the lives of cel...
  • Jo
    Jul 26, 2019
    Wealthy Glaswegian spinster Marion Gilchrist was murdered in her home, bludgeoned to death and an expensive brooch stolen. German Jew Oscar Slater was arrested and imprisoned for the crime, despite evidence proving he was innocent. When a fellow prisoner was released, Slater got him to...
  • David
    May 22, 2018
    Fill in the blank: Sherlock Holmes uses extraordinary powers of _______________ to solve crimes. Answer: ?deduction?, amirite? Apparently not. He uses ?abduction? (Kindle location 1215). Abduction? Really? He kidnaps people? That can?t be right. I understand t...
  • Tarissa
    Oct 09, 2018
    Fans of Sherlock Holmes, the canon isn't quite closed yet... here's a peek into the actual Sherlock who walked on this earth, and not just the one scrawled onto the page. The man behind the world's most famous fictional detective was, in fact, a detective too... ?...when it came ...
  • Cleopatra  Pullen
    Jul 01, 2018
    Conan Doyle for the Defence was a real treat for someone who loves historical true crime and into the bargain I got to know a little more about the creator of Sherlock Holmes. The true crime is the brutal murder of Marion Gilchrist. A wealthy elderly spinster who lived in a secure a...
  • Stacia
    Jan 11, 2019
    I think this would really appeal to Conan Doyle fans overall. It was fairly interesting as it covered not only Conan Doyle, his activism, & his writing of Sherlock Holmes, but the general state of investigative police work in the early 1900s. (Sadly, there still seem to be some par...
  • gem
    Mar 05, 2018
    This really needs to be made into a tv show! If you're like me and love reading fictional murder mysteries or true crime books, this is a must read as it offers both a fascinating plot and lots of little insights that I haven't read before. I've read a lot of Conan-Doyle, Agatha Chri...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Oct 02, 2018
    If you are like me, you probably only think of Sherlock Holmes when you hear the name Arthur Conan Doyle. I had no idea that he was like a real life Sherlock as well! When this book came across my desk for review I was immediately intrigued because the more I thought about it, I kne...
  • Susan
    May 18, 2018
    Arthur Conan Doyle is, of course, best known for writing Sherlock Holmes, but he was also a man of many interests. By the time of the events of this book, Conan Doyle was well known as a crusader for justice; although he was also somewhat derided for his passion for Spiritualism. Howev...
  • Jon Recluse
    Jan 23, 2019
    Glasgow, Scotland: 1908 A wealthy, and extremely paranoid elderly woman is brutally murdered in her home. Clues that would prove to even the untrained to be blatantly false lead the police to a suspect, Oscar Slater - immigrant German Jew with a shady reputation. Slater finds himself ...
  • Allie
    Aug 30, 2018
    3.75 stars As a former obituaries writer for the New York Times, Margalit Fox has spent a great deal of time writing about death. (Her obit on the inventor of the plastic lawn flamingo is well worth the read and linked below.) While framed as a biography of Conan Doyle, this book r...
  • Kathy Cunningham
    Apr 30, 2018
    Margalit Fox?s CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE is a fascinating look at the social and political world of late Victorian England. The book focuses on Arthur Conan Doyle?s efforts to free a man wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. But what?s most interesting is the ju...
  • Nigeyb
    Mar 13, 2018
    'Conan Doyle for the Defence' by Margalit Fox relates the tale of a clear miscarriage of justice. Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant, was convicted of the murder of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy 82 year old spinster, who was found bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home on 21 December 1908...
  • Tiffany
    Jun 16, 2018
    An interesting read. While I originally expected more information about Conan Doyle, I did not find myself very disappointed by the lack of said expectations being met. A lot of information about the case, the time period, Doyle, and society was encompassed in the pages of this work. I...
  • Giulia
    May 11, 2018
    This book was chock full of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle information. The Sherlock Holme's author was a true "gentleman". He had his principles and he stuck to them. I loved this book --if you are a Sherlock Holmes and true crime fan this book was written for you. It details the horrifying i...
  • Leah
    Jul 02, 2018
    ?...however improbable, must be the truth...? In 1908, an elderly lady, Miss Gilchrist, was bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home and a brooch was stolen. Shortly afterwards, Oscar Slater pawned a brooch and boarded a ship bound for America. These two facts were enough for the...
  • Rick Mitchell
    Aug 16, 2018
    This would have made a great magazine article. Unfortunately, it was stretched to book length with irrelevant background and redundancy. Frankly, it only got good just after the halfway point. I would estimate that in the first 100 pages, only a dozen were actually about the "sensation...
  • Sean Gibson
    Jul 04, 2018
    Margalit Fox is a witch. I don?t mean to suggest that she dances naked in the moonlight with the coven, though I?ve never met the woman, so I can?t opine definitively vis-à-vis her nocturnal pursuits. Rather, I can conceive of nothing short of sorcery to explain how someone c...
  • Caroline
    Jan 08, 2019
    I find the premise of this book fascinating! I never realized the author of Sherlock Holmes actually did a bit of amateur detective work, making Holmesian deductions on the basis of seemingly scanty evidence! This book told the tale of a particular case Conan Doyle became involved in. ...
  • Katherine Addison
    Aug 15, 2019
    This book was well-written and enjoyable, but I came away feeling like I hadn't gained anything in my knowledge of the Oscar Slater case. Mostly, this is because I've read Roughead, but Fox doesn't bring anything new to the table except a focus on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and even there...
  • Paromjit
    Jun 16, 2018
    Arthur Conan Doyle takes on the mantle of his own fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, in the true crime case of an innocent man, German Jew Oscar Slater, convicted of the murder of the rich, elderly, unlikeable 82 year old woman, Marion Gilchrist in 1908, in Glasgow. Margalit Fox giv...
  • Yibbie
    Mar 07, 2018
    There is more in this book about the philosophies and techniques of the Victorian era?s criminal justice system than there is about Doyle?s efforts to clear Slater. With the clarity of hindsight, she criticizes or applauds each move made by all the players. It was interesting, but ...
  • Deb Jones
    Aug 18, 2018
    This factual account of a man who was arrested and nearly hanged for a murder he did not commit could have been written in modern times except for the fact that forensic science had not yet been introduced. However, society's prejudices lead then to a shoddy police investigation and su...
  • Tara
    Jan 03, 2019
    An interesting book for both Sherlock Holmes and true crime fans alike, this is a case that will leave you scratching your head and shaking your fist. Oscar Slater, who can be termed the Scottish Dreyfus, was a German Jew who was clearly railroaded in a Victorian murder case that capti...
  • Anne Morgan
    Jun 26, 2018
    Conan Doyle for the Defense tell the true story of the violent murder of Marion Gilchrist and the wrongful imprisonment of Oscar Slater for the crime, despite his clear innocence. Conan Doyle created one of the most famous detectives of all literature with his Sherlock Holmes. Yet less...
  • Rod Innis
    Nov 24, 2018
    A well-written book about an actual event in the life of Arthur Conan Doyle the author of many books about the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Sherlock Holmes stories ( I have read most of them several times) So this book intrigued me as it g...
  • Janice
    Jun 20, 2018
    What a fascinating book. It delivers a true crime ?mystery ? solved by the great Conan Doyle (creator of the famous Sherlock Holmes) presented within the social context of Victorian England. I enjoyed this very much - it was engrossing and certainly well-written. My thanks to NetG...
  • Literary Soirée
    Jul 09, 2018
    Who knew the creator of Sherlock Holmes once used his famous sleuth?s skills to solve a real crime ... and helped free a man wrongfully convicted of murder? That?s the focus of Margalit Fox?s new meticulously researched and wonderfully written book. As thrilling as any fictive ad...