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The Sherlockian Paperback – November 21, 2011
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Graham's first novel, THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), was published in 16 countries and translated into 13 languages. It was called "sublime" and "clever" and "delightful" by the New York Times, "savvy" and "entertaining" by the Los Angeles Times, and lots of other nice things as well. Graham's second novel, THE LAST DAYS OF WONDER will be published in fall 2016 by Random House.
Graham lives in Los Angeles.
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In 2010 a top Holmes scholar claims to have discovered Conan Doyle's long-sought diary covering those first few crucial months in 1900. The diary quickly disappeared after Conan Doyle's mysterious entries and remained lost for more than a century. Soon after the announcement of this critical discovery the scholar is found murdered.Read more ›
This story is told in alternating chapters, starting off in the 1883 as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is contemplating killing off his fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. The next chapter takes us to the present as we are introduced to Harold White, who has recently been invited to be a member of the prestigious Baker Street Irregulars. He is the youngest member, and he has earned his invitation by his extensive knowledge of all things regarding Holmes and by his having written an article in the Irregulars' quarterly publication called The Baker Street Journal. To say he is excited is an understatement.
As we go back and forth in time in these alternating chapters, we follow Arthur Conan Doyle (teamed up with his friend, Dracula author Bram Stoker) as they investigate a serial killer. We see how Doyle was castigated by Holmes fans for killing their hero, and we find out why years later, Doyle brings Holmes back to life in The Hound of the Baskervilles. We also find out why he wrote the diary which went missing for so many years.
In the chapters that take place in the present time, Harold White also becomes involved in the investigation of a murder of a member of the Baker Street Irregulars - one who purportedly had a long missing and much sought after diary from Arthur Conan Doyle. Along with his "Watson", a young woman named Sarah, we resolve the mystery and find out what happened to that diary.
If you are a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and you are are familiar with Doyle's stories and novels I think you will enjoy this book. I thought the alternating chapter technique was used effectively, and I liked that.Read more ›
The Product Description (unfortunately we have to click on "See all Editorial Reviews" above and look for it) nicely summarizes the plot without spoiling any of the story. In the style of good mysteries, we have a murder or two or maybe some more. We also have a missing volume of Doyle's diary. Of course, all the normal phrases from Sherlock Holmes come to mind as you read through the book.
The primary success of the book is Moore's writing - it's very smooth and he doesn't try to get in the way of the story to show his ability. That, in itself, showed his ability. The characters, though, are unevenly developed. We have the very well drawn and the very stereotyped. But, that doesn't particularly affect the story. (Our hero provides us with some enjoyable moments and it seems this could be the first of a series.)
The story, though quite fun, is too predictable too often. That is not a fatal flaw, because (again) the uniqueness of the story and the writing ability make a few problems forgivable. Unfortunately, it does make for a weaker overall impression than I was hoping for. This is well worth the time and a good addition to a mystery library - and definitely a better than average first novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a hard time starting this book, but once I was hooked, I was all in. Enjoyable mystery. Interesting style.Published 10 days ago by J. Wallace
An interesting take on Doyle, Stoker and Sherlock. Would love to see a TV/movie version of this one.Published 28 days ago by Lily A Stahley
Really good, if you like Holmes, you will not be disappointed!Published 1 month ago by Jerry Virden
Has great plot twist, but a few spots where it lagged. I like the twist between Doyle's world and the modern world.Published 1 month ago by Hawk
Hate is a strong word. So, I won’t say that I hate historical fiction. It’s more like I really don’t like it at all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julee Rudolf
I liked this book and this story... but the ending was, well, not what I had expected or hoped. It was the only part I found difficult to believe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda M. Parker
This story is a MUST for people very familiar with Arthur Conan Doyle's work. The story references his work throughout and although fictional, is based on the "missing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by V. Looney
The popularity of Sherlock Holmes is just as it was at the turn of the 20th Century. I thoroughly enjoyed the fictional account of serial killer.Published 3 months ago by spartangmom
Only problem is that the Lady in question was bogus from start, and the only suspense was in when she would finally 'fess up.Published 4 months ago by P. Reilly