Baskerville

Baskerville

[the Mysterious Tale of Sherlock's Return]

Book - 2011
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Based on true events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this darkly thrilling tale of friendship, rivalry, and ambition tells the backstory of how one of the world's most celebrated mysteries came to be written.

Dartmoor, 1900. Two friends are roaming the moors: Arthur Conan Doyle -- the most famous novelist of his age -- who has recently killed off his most popular creation, Sherlock Holmes; and Bertram Fletcher Robinson -- Holmes aficionado and editor of the Daily Express.

They are researching a detective novel, a collaboration starring a new hero, set in the eerie stillness of ancient West Country moorland, and featuring a monstrous dog. They already have a title…

London, 1902. The Hound of the Baskervilles is published, featuring Sherlock Holmes back from the dead. Conan Doyle and Fletcher Robinson have not spoken for two years and the book is credited to just one author. It will become one of the most famous stories ever written. But who really wrote it? And what really happened on those moors, to drive the two friends apart?
Publisher: New York : Marble Arch Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781476730233
Branch Call Number: FICTION OCO
Characteristics: 190 p. ; 21 cm.

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sharkmaw
Feb 25, 2014

I enjoyed this novel right up until its mystifying conclusion, when it ends abruptly with a sociopolitical intrusion that seems completely out of place to me. And I'm puzzled, as the conjuring of the time, Conan Doyle and the bleak, moody atmosphere of Dartmoor is successful, compelling and evocative. But the ending left me feeling betrayed, angry and even stupid. Clearly, I completely missed whatever point the author was trying to convey. That's not to say it's poorly written; it's not. But if you're looking for a "rip-roaring" (as one critic has it) fictional account relating why Doyle decided to 'resurrect' Sherlock Holmes, be warned; the ending may leave you sputtering in consternation. It certainly did me! Unsatisfying, to say the least.

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