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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore



The Sherlockian
By Graham Moore
2010


A real page-turner, this one. I've read a pile of mystery fiction since re-discovering the genre about a year and a half ago, but I confess that there hasn't been any Sherlock Holmes in the mix yet. Which didn't affect my enjoyment of The Sherlockian even one whit. I'd put it at the top of that aforementioned pile.

So exactly what was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle up to in the years when Sherlock Holmes was in limbo, in other words between the time that his author killed him off and later resurrected him? Moore offers up his thoughts on the subject in a work that unfolds partly in Doyle's time, as he tackles a mystery of his own, along with his pal, Bram Stoker. The other part of the story takes place in the present day, in which a group of Sherlockians, most notably the somewhat nebbish Harold White, try to figure out the whereabouts of a volume of Doyle's diary that deals with these Holmes-less years.

Highly recommended, whether you're a Sherlockian or a civilian.

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