Conan Doyle's most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, didn't make an appearance until 1887 with the publication of A Study in Scarlet. A fictional detective famous for his powers of observation and deduction, it's said that Holmes is modeled after Dr Joseph Bell who Conan Doyle had worked for at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.
Doyle wrote 4 books and 56 short stories in the Sherlock Holmes mystery series, finishing with the death of Sherlock Holmes as well as, his nemisis, Professor Moriarty. Such was the popularity of the series, however, Conan Doyle wrote another Holmes story in 1901 entitled, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
|Conan Doyle's home-Little Windlesham|
And would you believe that, like so many of us, he found it difficult to find someone to publish his work when he was starting out!
Other mystery writers of the past:-
AGATHA CHRISIE 1890-1976
NGAIO MARSH 1895-1982