The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden story of Jerome Caminada

The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden story of Jerome Caminada

by Angela Buckley


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On 6 December 1886, Arthur Foster leaves the Queen’s Theatre, Manchester with a pocket full of gold and a lady bedecked with diamonds on his arm. He hails a hansom cab unaware that a detective has been trailing him as he crisscrossed the streets of the city. As the cab pulls away, the detective slips inside and arrests the infamous ‘Birmingham Forger.’

The detective is Jerome Caminada, legendary policeman and real-life Victorian super-sleuth. A master of disguise with a keen eye for detail and ingenious methods of detection, Caminada is at the top of his game, tracking notorious criminals through the seedy streets of Manchester’s underworld. Relentless in his pursuit, he stalks pickpockets and poisoners, unscrupulous con artists and cold blooded murderers.

His groundbreaking detective work leads to the unraveling of classic crime cases such as the Hackney Carriage Murder in 1889, secret government missions and a deadly confrontation with his arch-rival, a ruthless and violent thief. Caminada’s compelling story bears all the hallmarks of Arthur Conan Doyle and establishes this indefatigable investigator as one of the most formidable detectives of the Victorian era and The Real Sherlock Holmes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781592694
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/19/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 'A very hot-bed of social iniquity and vice' (1844-1868) 1

Chapter 2 'A "Lively" Beat' (1868-1871) 8

Chapter 3 'Detective Jerome': Racecourse Duty and Street Brawls (1871-1876) 16

Chapter 4 Quack Doctors: 'Rascality, rapacity and roguery' (1876-1877) 24

Chapter 5 Sophisticated Swindles and Cunning Confidence Tricks (1878-1884) 33

Chapter 6 'Even my own fireside': Trouble at Home (1884) 42

Chapter 7 Gin Palaces, Gambling Dens and a Cross-Dressing Ball (1885) 49

Chapter 8 The Birmingham Forger (1886-1887) 58

Chapter 9 'The Professor Moriarty of the Slums' (1887) 64

Chapter 10 'City of Martyrs': Caminada and the Irish Nationalists (January 1889) 71

Chapter 11 The Manchester Cab Mystery (February 1889) 79

Chapter 12 The Beautiful Crook (1890-1891) 88

Chapter 13 Scuttlers and the Art of Gang Warfare (1892) 97

Chapter 14 False Lovers and Wily Seducers (1892-1893) 104

Chapter 15 The Anarchists of Ardwick Green (September 1893) 112

Chapter 16 The Blackley Mystery and other Suspicious Deaths (November 1893) 118

Chapter 17 'A Chronicle of Crime' (1895-1899) 125

Chapter 18 State Secrets and Undercover Missions (1901) 133

Chapter 19 'The Garibaldi of Detectives' (1902-1914) 139

Bibliography 149

Acknowledgements 153

Index 154

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