The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian

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Book - 2010
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n December 1893, Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines in anticipation of Sherlock Holmes's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero. London spiralled into mourning. Crowds sported black arm bands in grief and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

Then in 1901, just as abruptly as the author "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though he kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, it was discovered that one of his journals from the interim period was missing, and it has never been found. Or has it?

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the pre-eminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he is about to be thrust into the hunt for the holy grail of Sherlockians: 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 the killer.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2010.
ISBN: 9780670065202
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOO

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seaxfamx
Nov 02, 2017

Entertaining and fun, especially for Holmes fans. Dialogue is a bid stilted in places.

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kdeoak
Jul 14, 2015

I enjoyed these two interlocking stories and the way the author wove them around real life events in Conan Doyle's life. Kept me reading. A very good, easy read.

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VioletEyed
Jan 31, 2014

Usually I avoid books that switch perspectives, however this one is an exception. It is very engrossing, and insightful. I only wish it was not a work of fiction!

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ainglis14
Sep 10, 2013

Fantastic novel that melds a fictionalized story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a modern day mystery. Highly recommended

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BethHMW
Feb 27, 2012

In 1893, to the consternation of legions of fans, Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes in "The Final Problem." Eight years later, he brought the sleuth back to the page with no explanation. Following the author's death in 1930s, several of his papers are found to be missing, including the diary that covers the period just prior to the return of Holmes. In 2010, Harold White attends the annual meeting of the Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlockian society. The society is eagerly anticipating a speech by Alex Cale who has found the lost diary. On the morning of the speech, however, Cale is found dead in his hotel room and the diary is missing. Harold decides to use Holmes' methods to solve the murder and find the diary, but mysteries are far different to solve than they are to read.

Moore's novel is an intriguing mix of the historical and contemporary. The chapters alternate between Arthur Conan Doyle in 1893 and 1900 and Harold in 2010. The two mysteries in the different time periods feed off of each other. Moore plays with the Holmes canon and the mystery story, often outlining the mechanics of what he'll do before he does it. While some of the antics Arthur Conan Doyle gets up to had me raising my eyebrows in disbelief, I did appreciate some of the other literary individuals that popped up in that story line. Harold also had some flaws. His hypocrisy bothered me at times as he looks down on other Sherlockians attempting to solve the murder as amateur when he is in exactly the same position. The mysteries themselves are intriguing and the novel is entertaining for anyone who's ever encountered Sherlock Holmes in one form or another.

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brownmf1
Jul 12, 2011

Make sure you borrow an annotated works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--or at least a compilation of Sherlock Holmes stories--when you borrow this book. You'll want to read more Holmes stories as soon as you're done!

debwalker Apr 07, 2011

A modern-day Sherlock Holmes devotee channels the iconic detective as he investigates a grisly murder.

bookfanatic1979 Mar 30, 2011

The Doyle/Brahm plot alternates chapters with Harold and Sarah so I never quite got into either storyline. I did find it fascinating that Doyle came to despise Holmes so intensely. I’m not sure I would ever dislike anything that brought me money and celebrity…but what do I know?

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shapjul
Feb 24, 2011

I'm afraid this book promises more than it delivers. It's two stories that interlock--one involving Arthur Conan Doyle and the other a contemporary mystery rooted in Sherlockiana. I thought the former worked much better than the latter and thus, the book overall was weaker for the device. Perhaps the author was a bit overambitious.

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VXD
Feb 21, 2011

Good enough read for Sherlock addicts.

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