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As seen in The Sunday Telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Express 

Detective Jerome Caminada stalked nefarious criminals through the seedy streets of Victorian Manchester. The first-ever biography of the legendary policeman uncovers his adventures – tracking terrorists, exposing charlatans, catching cold blooded killers, and even raiding a cross-dressing ball.

A master of disguise and using methods of observation and deduction worthy of his fictional counterpart Sherlock Holmes, Detective Caminada solved the famous ‘Manchester Cab Mystery’, earning him his reputation as a real-life Sherlock Holmes.

This is a compelling read – a vibrant account of an extraordinary man, written with a verve that brings the nineteenth century to life in all its grimy detail.’ Dr Nick Barratt

The Real Sherlock Holmes is a very absorbing study of a police detective writing his own rules and tackling crime in a much more criminal and dangerous time.’welovethisbook.com  Read more….

The Real Sherlock Holmes not only narrates the life of Caminada, but provides an interesting insight into the general and criminal history of Manchester. The book is thoroughly interesting – a leisurely, yet well informed read.’The Manchester Historian Read more….

‘A biography of Jerome Caminada reveals a series of striking similarities between him and the fictional character. It also finds strong echoes of the real detective’s cases in plot lines used by Doyle.’Irish Independent Read more…

‘a gripping new book’Manchester Evening News Read more….

‘this is a most interesting popular biography of a great Victorian police detective’the Sherlock Holmes Society

‘Angela Buckley has used the memoirs and other published and archive sources to produce a rounded account of Caminada’s life before, during and after his police career…His success with real, not fictional, and is well worth reading about.’ – Police History Society

‘Jerome Caminada is remembered because he wrote his memoirs and it is refreshing to see a book about a detective that is not London-based. The book uses material from the Greater Manchester Police Museum, newspaper sources and other material, and is well written.’History by the Yard

‘In her fast-paced and informative book, Angela Buckley recounts his adventures, giving the reader a detailed view of the 19th century slums and the criminals that they spawned…A highly enjoyable book that deserves a place on the shelves of every student of Victorian criminal history’ The Whitechapel Society

‘The first full-length biography on Caminada…brings to life not just his own work but the wider world of crime and society in Manchester’Your Family Tree magazine

The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada by Angela Buckley is published by Pen and Sword Books. It is available in hardback, ebook and for Kindle.


Jerome Caminada  1844-1914

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