"The book’s easy readability belies the awe-inspiring amount of research that’s gone into it."
Nominated for several awards, this wonderful guide has done well in all formats and will no doubt be a travel companion for many Holmes fans visiting Devon (and a great read for those that want to walk in the footsteps of Conan Doyle).
"Messrs Pugh and Spiring broke new ground with On the Trail of Arthur Conan Doyle: An Illustrated Devon Tour. This latest book is essentially an enlarged and improved version, benefiting greatly from the participation of a distinguished Devon historian.
We knew that Conan Doyle was briefly in practice in Plymouth with the volatile Dr George Turnavine Budd, and that he later visited Dartmoor in company with his friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson to research local colour for The Hound of the Baskervilles, but Devon can claim another man, no less important to the success of the author and his immortal character — Sir George Newnes, founder and publisher of The Strand Magazine.
Each man’s life and career, and his contribution to the life of the county, are summarised in the first hundred pages, with well-chosen illustrations. Then some 220 pages are devoted to the much-expanded Devon tour. Even without the literary interest the tour would be worth undertaking, as the county is so remarkably varied and beautiful, but the chance to walk in the footsteps of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes is almost irresistible. The book’s easy readability belies the awe-inspiring amount of research that’s gone into it."