ACD Bibliography

A black and white photograph of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

There are numerous books written about Arthur Conan Doyle, his life and achievements, and his written works. Below is a selected bibliography of works concerning Doyle, including histories for children, literary criticisms, and fictional stories. Doyle’s life has fascinated biographers so much that they were inspired to dig deeply into both his professional and personal lives, so some of his acquaintances and family members are also featured in these books.

Not including his own works or general Sherlockiana

Reference and bibliography

Biography — general

Biography for children

Biography — specialized

  • Bernard M. L. Ernst and Hereward Carrington, Houdini and Conan Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship (1932)
  • Dale L. Walker, Jack London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1974)
  • Alvin E. Rodin and Jack D. Key, Journal of a Quest for the Elusive Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle (1982)
  • Alvin E. Rodin and Jack D. Key, Medical Casebook of Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle (1984)
  • Howard Lachtman, Sherlock Slept Here (1985)
  • Alvin E. Rodin and Jack D. Key, Adventuring in England with Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle (1986)
  • Geoffrey Stavert, A Study in Southsea: From Bush Villas to Baker Street (1987)
  • Christopher Redmond, Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes (1987)
  • Kelvin I. Jones, Conan Doyle and the Spirits (1989)
  • Peter Costello, The Real World of Sherlock Holmes: The True Crimes Investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle (1991)
  • Idem., as Conan Doyle, Detective (2006)
  • Harry Stone, The Casebook of Sherlock Doyle : True Mysteries Investigated by Conan Doyle (1991)
  • Massimo Polidoro, Final Séance: The Strange Friendship Beween Houdini and Conan Doyle (2001)
  • Stephen Hines, The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2001)
  • Rodger Garrick-Steele, House of the Baskervilles (2003)
  • Georgina Doyle, Out of the Shadows: The Untold Story of Arthur Conan Doyle's First Family (2004)
  • Gordon Weaver, Conan Doyle and the Parson's Son: The George Edalji Case (2006)
  • Roger Oldfield, Outrage: The Edalji Five and the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes (2010)
  • Brian W. Pugh, Paul R. Spiring and Sadru Bhanji, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Devon (2010)
  • Alistair Duncan, The Norwood Author: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Norwood Years (1891-1894) (2010)
  • Alistair Duncan, An Entirely New Country: Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes (2011)
  • Christopher Sandford, Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini (2011)
  • Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, eds., Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (2012)
  • Kelvin Jones, Conan Doyle and the Mediums (2012)
  • Philip Weller et al., eds., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Viaggio in Italia — Italian Journey (2012)
  • Thomas Toughill, Oscar Slater: The Immortal Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2012)
  • Stephen Wade, Conan Doyle and the Crimes Club: The Creator of Sherlock Holmes and His Criminological Friends (2013)
  • Tim Swartz, ed., The Paranormal World of Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, First Ghost Buster and Psychic Sleuth (2013)
  • Stephen Wade, Conan Doyle and the Crimes Club (2014)

Literary criticism and publishing

  • Samuel Rosenberg, Naked Is the Best Disguise: The Death & Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes (1974)
  • Trevor H. Hall, Sherlock Holmes and His Creator (1978)
  • Donald A. Redmond, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Sources (1982)
  • Idem. second edition (2002)
  • Michael Harrison, A Study in Surmise: The Making of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
  • Don Richard Cox, Arthur Conan Doyle (1985)
  • Jacqueline Jaffe, Arthur Conan Doyle (1987)
  • Alvin E. Rodin and Jack D. Key, Lost Worlds in Time, Space and Medicine: The Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle (1988)
  • Donald A. Redmond, Sherlock Holmes Among the Pirates: Copyright and Conan Doyle in America 1890-1930 (1990)
  • Jon L. Lellenberg, Nova 57 Minor: The Waxing and Waning of the Last Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (1990)
  • David S. Payne, Myth and Modern Man in Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Uses of Nostalgia (1992)
  • Harold Orel, ed., Critical Essays on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1992)
  • John A. Hodgson, ed., Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays (1994)
  • Rosemary Jann, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Detecting Social Order (1995)
  • Michael Atkinson, The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes and Other Eccentric Readings (1996)
  • Charles R. Putney et al., ed., Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero (1996)
  • Clifford S. Goldfarb, The Great Shadow: Arthur Conan Doyle, Brigadier Gerard, and Napoleon (1997)
  • Joseph A. Kestner, Sherlock's Men: Masculinity, Conan Doyle, and Cultural History (1997)
  • Diana Barsham, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Meaning of Masculinity (2000)
  • Donald J. Terras, ed., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: Essays and Art on the Doctor and the Detective (2003)
  • Charles Press, Looking over Sir Arthur's Shoulder: How Conan Doyle Turned the Trick (2004)
  • Michael Dirda, On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling (2011)
  • Douglas Kerr, Conan Doyle: WRiting, Profession and Practice (2013)

Relatives and associates

  • Michael Baker, The Doyle Diary: The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery (1978)
  • Ely M. Liebow, Dr. Joe Bell: Model for Sherlock Holmes (1982)

Letters, interviews, reminiscences, ephemera, spiritualist messages

  • Ivan Cooke, ed., The Return of Arthur Conan Doyle (1963)
  • John Michael Gibson and Richard Lancelyn Green, eds. The Unknown Conan Doyle: Letters to the Press (1986)
  • Harold Orel, ed., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Interviews and Recollections (1991)
  • Philip Weller, ed., Recollections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1993)
  • Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley, eds., Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters (2007)
  • Simon Parke, Conversations with Arthur Conan Doyle (2010)


  • Robert Saffron, The Demon Device (1979)
  • Peter Marks, Skullduggery (1987)
  • Steve Szilagyi, Photographing Fairies (1992)
  • William Shatner and Michael Tobias, Believe (1992)
  • Mark Frost, The List of 7 (1993)
  • William Hjortsberg, Nevermore (1994)
  • Mark Frost, The 6 Messiahs (1995)
  • Walter Satterthwait, Escapade (1995)
  • Howard Engel, Mr. Doyle & Dr. Bell: A Victorian Mystery (1997)
  • Roberta Rogow, The Problem of the Missing Miss (1998)
  • Roberta Rogow, The Problem of the Spiteful Spiritualist (1999)
  • Roberta Rogow, The Problem of the Evil Editor (1999)
  • Roberta Rogow, The Problem of the Surly Servant (1999)
  • David Pirie, The Patient's Eyes (2002)
  • Robin Paige, Death at Dartmoor (2002)
  • David Pirie, The Night Calls (2003)
  • Dennis Burges, Graves Gate (2003)
  • Julian Barnes, Arthur & George (2004)
  • Thomas Wheeler, The Arcanum (2004)
  • Gabriel Brownstein, The Man from Beyond (2005)
  • David Pirie, The Dark Water (2006)
  • Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (2007; also published as Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance)
  • Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death (2008; also published as Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder)
  • Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders (2011)
  • Mary Losure, The Fairy Ring: Elsie and Frances Fool the World (2011)
  • Timothy M. Brenner, Luminaries (2011)
  • Graham Moore, The Sherlockian (2011)
  • Kenneth Cameron, Winter at Death's Hotel (2012)
  • Carol McCleary, The Formula for Murder (2012)
  • J. J. Murphy, A Friendly Game of Murder (2013)
  • E. O. Higgins, Conversations with Spirits (2013)