Hurtling from present day New York to Victorian London, The Sherlockian weaves the history of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into an inspired and entertaining double mystery that proves to be anything but "elementary."
In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning-crowds sported black armbands in grief-and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.
Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.... Or has it?
When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold-using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories-who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.
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Whether you’re a dedicated Sherlock Holmes fan or a casual mystery reader, Graham Moore’s fascinating novel has something for everyone. When Harold White joins a society for diehard Holmes aficionados, he stumbles upon a mystery involving Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As Harold investigates the 100-year-old case of the writer’s missing diary, he’s led down a path laced with death and deceit. Alternating chapters take us to to the 1890s, as Conan Doyle himself debates whether he wants to keep writing about his famed Baker Street detective and gets drawn into a mystery of his own. The Sherlockian puts a totally fresh new spin on Sherlock Holmes, as both beloved character and challenging creation. Moore’s tandem plots take sly inspiration from Conan Doyle’s own style. They’re packed with dizzying twists and turns, making this exciting tale anything but elementary.
Moore's debut cleverly sets an accidental investigator on the track of an old document within the world of Sherlock Holmes buffs, though the results may please those with only a superficial knowledge of the great detective. In January 2010, Harold White, "a freelance literary researcher" who helps defend Hollywood studios against claims of copyright infringement, is inducted into the pre-eminent Sherlockian society, the Baker Street Irregulars, at their annual New York City dinner. During the festivities, scholar Alex Cale plans to present a long-lost diary penned by Arthur Conan Doyle that he's discovered, but someone strangles Cale before he can do so. Doyle's great-grandson hires White to solve the murder and trace the diary, which is missing from Cale's hotel room. Chapters alternate between White's amateur sleuthing in Europe and Doyle's own account of his search for a serial killer, aided by Dracula creator Bram Stoker. Admirers of similar efforts by Anthony Boucher, H. Paul Jeffers, and Arthur Lewis will find this falls short of their standard.
Enjoyable by any Conan Doyle/Sherlock fans....
Not much of a mystery reader but found myself caught up in trying to solve the parallel stories of both centuries. A well written, light story with a somewhat abrupt ending. Characters drove this read and most will get caught up in the great attention to details.
I love Holmes so had to read it...if you're also a Sherlock fan...a must read! I really enjoyed the effortless switchbacks from present to A. E. Doyle - something different!