Quick Review: Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry HoudiniMasters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini by Christopher Sandford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This wasn’t quite as entertaining a read as Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer, but Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini by Christopher Sandford added dimensions to the era of spiritualism that the former book only touched on. I had never known that Doyle and Houdini had corresponded extensively despite their differing views on spiritualism. Nor did I know that, Doyle–creator of the scientifically-minded detective Sherlock Holmes–was an outspoken advocate of mediums, seances, spirit guides, and the afterlife. These aspects were fascinating, but I think I was able to appreciate them better because I had read Hiding the Elephant first.

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