The Ardlamont Mystery
The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes
In 1893, Alfred Monson, a scion of the aristocracy, was charged with the murder of Cecil Hambrough, a young army officer, on the Ardlamont estate in Scotland. The case gripped the nation, but few realized that the two expert witnesses, Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn, had been solving crimes together for 20 years. This book charts their adventures, which inspired Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes, and probes the mystery that would challenge even their genius for detection.