Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell by Howard Engel

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A dead opera star, a brilliant anatomy professor with Sherlockian powers of deduction and a moody Victorian backdrop--it all adds up to a thrillingly entertaining historical mystery. Howard Engel is the award-winning writer whose Benny Cooperman mysteries garner rave international reviews--fans stretch to thirteen countries from Canada to Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and the U.S. His latest, Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell, is a brilliant departure from the Cooperman series, set in the Edinburgh of late 1800s and peopled with such illustrious historical figures as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Benjamin Disraeli. Julian Symons called Engel's first non-series mystery Murder in Montparnasse first class entertainment, stylishly written . . . Engel can turn a phrase as neatly as Chandler." The year is 1879 and Alan Lambert has been tried, convicted and sentenced to hang for the murder of a dazzling opera star and her lover. But Lambert's brother believes in his innocence and pleads with Dr. Bell, a celebrated professor of anatomy, to uncover the truth. Dr. Bell agrees and sets out to crack the case, with his keen powers of deduction and the help of his young student, Arthur Conan Doyle. The exuberant plot of Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell carries readers across the roof tops of Edinburgh and descends into the thickets of municipal corruption. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will immediately recognize Holmes in Dr. Joseph Bell, who in real life was Conan Doyle's model for his famous sleuth.

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Howard Engel is the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction and creator of the acclaimed Benny Cooperman mystery series as well as Murder in Montparnasse, a departure from the series. He is a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association of Canada, where his private eye has been described as a cherished national institution.
Published June 29, 2004 by Overlook TP. 224 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Benny Cooperman (The Cooperman Variations, 2002, etc.), rife with clues, misdirection, and an obvious love for the Holmesian canon.

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