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The Sherlockian Paperback – November 21, 2011
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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.
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Good story if you are into Sherlock Holmes -- and you wouldn't be reading it if you weren't. This novel is actually comprised of two virtually independent mysteries: one... Read morePublished 9 days ago by L. D. Jentzer
It appears to be a case of "who you know" with this author. His mother was formerly the City of Chicago's chief lawyer and First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SSSD
Now that I'm coming to the end of Doyle's Holmes stories, I'm wanting something else to fill that space. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ravay Snow
I had a hard time starting this book, but once I was hooked, I was all in. Enjoyable mystery. Interesting style.Published 5 months ago by J. Wallace
An interesting take on Doyle, Stoker and Sherlock. Would love to see a TV/movie version of this one.Published 6 months ago by Lily A Stahley
Really good, if you like Holmes, you will not be disappointed!Published 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 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 7 months ago by Linda M. Parker