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After a successful career at the BBC and ITV, as a script writer, editor and then Commissioning executive, Martin Allison Booth worked for OFCOM before training as an Anglican priest. He has been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since childhood.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Reichenbach Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640165
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,521,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much-needed holiday, Doyle escapes to a picturesque village in Switzerland nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbach Falls. There he hopes to find anonymity, but even in this beautiful rural setting, peace eludes him when he finds himself immediately recognized and involved in the investigation of a mysterious death of a fellow traveler.

All too soon, Doyle s somewhat unwilling, gentle probing into the case causes the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? As Doyle learns more and more about the famous character he penned, he finds he is less like Sherlock and more like his sidekick, Watson. Can the sidekick see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?
Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers since he first burst into fiction, over one hundred years ago. In this novel, the first in a trilogy, we meet his author and discover the difficult relationship between them.

My Review:

I was actually very surprised by this book, because being distributed as a Christian novel, it was just a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. The premise was intriguing, and it was somewhat of a slow start. Some of the elements of this book certainly didn't point to Doyle's supposed devotion and love for his wife. Doyle's character was looking for answers in the same manner that was common at the time, (nope, not telling you what - I don't do spoilers!) But what I was really disappointed that what should have been a good opportunity to create some tension/resolution in the area of faith, was simply played off as a "falling away." Aside from this information, we are not given any real indication that this book should be marketed as Christian Fiction.
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I looked forward to this book but just couldn't get into it all that much. Seen from the viewpoint of Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, the writing style is similar to that of 19th century England. I plowed through the first half of the book which took over a week to do. I found it was not one that I could put down and then remember what happened when I picked it up later to read. I think the slow moving plot, extensive descriptions and the fact that Conan Doyle never did like his accidental traveling companion made me dislike this book. I plan on giving my copy away and not purchasing any more in the series. Perhaps the second half of the book was more interesting, but as the first half didn't grab my attention, I gave up.
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I was sent a copy of The Reinchenbach Problem for review, and although the title wouldn't have made it a must read, the topic made it a have-to in my book. This twisty tale full of intrigue and danger is a fictional account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle getting caught up in a mystery of his own.

The creator of Sherlock Holmes takes to rural Switzerland to sort out his feelings about his larger than life character. His fame, his medical practice and his spiritual seeking created his need to go to a pristine, mountainous area where he could enjoy brisk walks and engage in conversations with friendly locals and other tourists and hopefully hide from the spotlight.

However, as happens in every good story, the plan is changed for Doyle.

Beginning from the second a young man enters Doyle's train compartment and works his awkward self under Doyle's reluctant wing, the good doctor's delightful vacation turns into a cloudy nightmare.

Within hours of his arrival into the pastoral refuge there is a horrible death with the shadow of unanswered questions hanging over it. And, on top of that, Doyle is known by the other tourists. One hands the author a book that he's written and expects that it will change Doyle's life, another needs a little marriage counseling. Then there is the character of Sherlock Holmes…is there a spirit of Sherlock? A seance is suggested, just for the fun of possibly meeting the real Sherlock.

Things spiral out of control, so much so, that the suspicious death seems connected to Arthur Conan Doyle.

Can the creator of the world's most brilliant and quirky detective solve a case without Sherlock's help? And can he do it in time to save his own neck?

I really enjoyed this read.
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I was sent a copy of The Reinchenbach Problem for review, and although the title wouldn't have made it a must read, the topic made it a have to in my book. This twisty tale full of intrigue and danger is a fictional account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle getting caught up in a mystery of his own.

The creator of Sherlock Holmes takes to rural Switzerland to sort out his feelings about his larger than life character. His fame, his medical practice and his spiritual seeking created his need to go to a pristine, mountainous area where he could enjoy brisk walks and engage in conversations with friendly locals and other tourists and hopefully hide from the spotlight.

However, as happens in every good story, the plan is changed for Doyle.

Beginning from the second a young man enters Doyle's train compartment and works his awkward self under Doyle's reluctant wing, the good doctor's delightful vacation turns into a cloudy nightmare.

Within hours of his arrival into the pastoral refuge there is a horrible death with the shadow of unanswered questions hanging over it. And, on top of that, Doyle is known by the other tourists. One hands the author a book that he's written and expects that it will change Doyle's life, another needs a little marriage counseling. Then there is the character of Sherlock Holmes…is there a spirit of Sherlock? A seance is suggested, just for the fun of possibly meeting the real Sherlock.

Things spiral out of control, so much so, that the suspicious death seems connected to Arthur Conan Doyle.

Can the creator of the world's most brilliant and quirky detective solve a case without Sherlock's help? And can he do it in time to save his own neck?

I really enjoyed this read.
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