|Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Actor||Geraint Wyn Davies|
|Seen|| "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch"|
"A Study in Sherlock"
|Relationships||Louise Hawkins (wife)|
|Comments||This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity; please see the article about Arthur Conan Doyle on Wikipedia.|
Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor and a mystery writer who believed in spiritualism. He had killed his most popular character, Sherlock Holmes.
On May 22, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1886, newly married and still struggling to make it as an author, Doyle started writing the mystery novel A Tangled Skein. Two years later, the novel was renamed A Study in Scarlet and published in Beeton's Christmas Annual. A Study in Scarlet, which first introduced the wildly popular characters Detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, finally earned Doyle the recognition he had so desired. It was the first of 60 stories that Doyle would pen about Sherlock Holmes over the course of his writing career. Also, in 1887, Doyle submitted two letters about his conversion to Spiritualism to a weekly periodical called Light. 
He also strove to spread his Spiritualism faith through a series of books that were written from 1918 to 1926. Arthur Conan Doyle died of a heart attack in Crowborough, England on July 7, 1930.
Appearances and Mentions
- Doyle came to Toronto to investigate spiritualism and the Toronto Paranormal Society. He had heard of Murdoch's handling of a murder case. Doyle took Murdoch with him to a seance. During the seance, a young woman supposedly spoke through the spiritualist to tell Murdoch that she had recently been murdered and was buried in a shallow grave. The "communication" later proved to be fraudulent, but Doyle assisted Murdoch in the investigation, primarily by asking questions that were not based on logic.
- Doyle was befriended by Inspector Thomas Brackenreid who regaled him with stories of visiting an uncle in the Scottish highlands. Brackenreid suggested a new Sherlock Holmes story entitled "Hell Hounds of the Highlands"
- Later that year, Doyle returned to Toronto, allegedly researching a case for a story to be based on William Murdoch. He eventually admitted that he was actually seeking a practitioner of Chinese medicine in the hopes of finding a cure for his wife, who was dying of Consumption.
- While in Toronto, Doyle shadowed Murdoch as he investigated the murder of Rodereick Grimesby. Once again, his conversations with Murdoch led the detective to think outside his usual logical paths.
- In 1900, Doyle was in New York when he received a summons from Toronto to help coax David Kingsley, who assumed the persona of Sherlock Holmes, back to himself. Doyle's attempts to convince David of the truth were only met with denials, with David constructing a plausible way for Holmes to survive "The Final Problem". Doyle remarked that it didn't seem bad, but quickly agreed with his friends that David was insane. After the case Murdoch and David were working on was closed, Doyle returned to England to write a new Sherlock novel.