Personal classification: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
“The human mind thrills at few things so much as making connections. Discovering. Solving.”
I got this book on Christmas and I am just now getting into it. The appeal was undoubtedly Sherlock. In this story we follow two different stories 1) in recent year of sherlockian societies, and where a crime is committed and Harold White decided to be the Sherlock of modern ages and follow the clues similar to other cases from Sherlock Holmes; 2) Victorian London, where we follow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he struggles after killing his most famous character and how he decided to solve a case worthy of Sherlock’s attention.
I personally found this book clever when it came to historical fiction, and the description of Sir Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker.
In recent years, everyone is looking for the Holy Grail of Sherlock, the last diary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that one of the Sherlockians has found, and is murdered for. Due to his murder Harold teams up with a news reporter to find what happened and try to solve the murder and recover the diary.
The book is very fast paced and an easy read, it keeps you guessing and makes you crave for more upon every chapter. The writing is very clever being adapted when it’s Victorian London, or modern day New York.
“There is an undeniable exhilaration in moment of even the smallest discovery”
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes I highly recommend.