Category: Book Reviews

Book reviews of important and helpful books concerning British history.

Was Jerome Caminada the ‘Real Sherlock Holmes’?

Ever since Sherlock Holmes first became popular as the super-sleuth creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, theories have been proposed about who may have been the real-life inspiration for the now iconic detective. In her new biography The Real Sherlock Holmes, author Angela Buckley sheds light on a figure known a ‘Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes,’ a Manchester police detective named Jerome Caminada. Over the years, a popular theory has been that Doyle’s inspiration came from his professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle, in fact, stated that Bell was an inspiration for the Holmes character. Bell, however, was a...


Castles, Customs, and Kings: Book Review

Truth is often times stranger than fiction, so it should come as no surprise that many (if not most) fiction authors use historical events as the basis for their fictional works. Castles, Customs, and Kings is a compilation of concise essays written by historical fiction authors, and it does a great job of revealing the real life events that served as inspiration for the various authors and novels represented therein. A product of the English Historical Fiction Authors Blog, Castles, Customs, and Kings contains roughly 200 essays that cover a diverse array of topics from British history. As the title reveals, frequent...