Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD” as Want to Read:
The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD (Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  3,038 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Selling 2,000,000 copies in early editions, this is 2nd of the rediscovered Sherlock Holmes adventures "acquired" from a widow whose husband was descended from the distaff side of Holmes's family, this mystery finds Holmes solving a double murder in London's theater district. "Don't miss it."--Cosmopolitan.
The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD is
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published May 1st 1976 by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. (first published 1976)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The West End Horror, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The West End Horror

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 05, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD is a superior Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel by Nicholas Meyer, published in 1976. It takes place after his other two Holmes pastiches, "The Seven-Percent Solution" and "The Canary Trainer" (although it was published between the two.)

Holmes solves a double murder in London's West End theatre district.
Edward Erdelac
Sep 15, 2012 Edward Erdelac rated it really liked it
I'm consistently impressed by Nicholas Meyer's Holmes pastiches. I was only aware of Seven Percent Solution which I read last year. When I found out about this one I immediately ordered it. Great book. The charactetizations (which to be fair, I usually only read mysteries for the characters - almost never for the detective aspect of the story) are spot on, and the inclusion of several real life personages including Oscar Wilde, and Gilbert & Sullivan were welcome, and a very amusing scene in ...more
Melissa McShane
Nick Meyer's first novel, The Seven-Percent Solution, was a clever take on the Holmes mythology. Meyer used the existing Arthur Conan Doyle stories and associated now-canon writings to build a story in which Holmes encounters, and is treated by, Sigmund Freud. Meyer does the same thing in this book, where the mystery centers on the theatrical community of the West End. Holmes encounters Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Henry Irving, Bram Stoker, both Gilbert and Sullivan...the list goes on, which may ...more
Amy Sturgis
I enjoyed this Sherlock Holmes pastiche, especially the way it weaved historical figures such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Bram Stoker into the action with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Stoker's segments tickled me, particularly. While this novel included a solid mystery (although this definitely is not part of the "Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper" subgenre, as some reviews I read seemed to imply), an interesting look behind the scenes into London's West End theatre culture at the time, ...more
Rob Bliss
Mar 11, 2013 Rob Bliss rated it did not like it
Dumb. Name-dropping. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are on a case in their time and place, interacting with real people. GB Shaw, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Gilbert and Sullivan. I always found that to be a lame device. Using a real person as a literary character. It can be done, but it can fail. Here it fails. Why is Bram Stoker always staring so much and so creepy and have nothing to do with the plot? I dont think he even has a line. So the author just sticks him in there for atmosphere? Bram Stoke ...more
Clare Bell
Dec 06, 2008 Clare Bell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans
This is a delightful Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Nicholas Meyer, who also wrote The Seven Percent Solution. Deftly he weaves together historical events and people to create a fun romp through the London of Holmes and Watson. Included in the cast are George Bernard Shaw, Oliver Wilde, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker. And Holmes and Watson are their redoubtable selves. Authur Conan Doyle would be proud.
Ryan Burrows
Oct 27, 2016 Ryan Burrows rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the better Holmes pastiches that I've read, perhaps even one of my favorites actually. The whole book had a really nice flow and good imagery, I also liked how it didn't take itself too seriously (anyone who reads the book will understand what I mean), the storyline was also intriguing. I had a hard time putting the book down, and each chapter had me excited for what would come next.
Lisa Kucharski
Sep 25, 2015 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this tale, told in keeping with the spirit and intelligence of Doyle. A short mystery that begins with Bernard Shaw shows up at Holmes' place asking if he would solve a murder. Basically, short and enjoyable.
Jun 06, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Despite the title it's more mystery than horror, I think. It captures some of the neat stuff about the original Sherlock Holmes stories. It's a fun read.
Kevin Keith
Sep 14, 2013 Kevin Keith rated it really liked it

The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD is the sequel to Nicholas Meyer's well-received 1993 novel The Seven-Percent Solution. As before, it is an authorized (by Arthur Conan Doyle's estate) reinvention of the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, carrying on the conventions of the Holmes literary oeuvre, immersing the pair in a complicated and eventually shocking mystery that leads them through London's theatrical demi-monde, and finally driving them to extremes t

Mar 17, 2017 Roger rated it really liked it
(I've known many a West End Horror in my day but that is a tale for another time. On with the review!)

Nicholas Meyer is someone I owe a debt of gratitude to-really a lot of people do. Not only did he make Time After Time, one of my favorite movies, but he ensured the continuing popularity of the Star Trek franchise by making Star Trek II and Star Trek VI. And did I mention he writes a pitch perfect Sherlock Holmes? I had already read one of Meyer's previous Holmesian efforts, The Canary Trainer
Dec 16, 2016 Georgene rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
An interesting and fairly early novel of Sherlock's literature. I have not read The Seven Per Cent Solution by the same author, but I did enjoy this novel. It flowed well and kept my attention, which has been a difficulty of late.
Brian Koser
As a Sherlock Holmes short story: OK. The theatre-related cameos are fun.

3.5 stars
Mar 04, 2015 Helene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce pastiche !

Je n'en lis pas beaucoup, préférant de loin les oeuvres de Conan Doyle, et aussi parce que le peu de pastiches que j'ai pu lire en VO n'étaient pas aussi bons que ça (j'ai lu 3 romans de la collection "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", et honnêtement, ils ne sont pas aussi géniaux que je l'espérais ; j'ai lu aussi les 2 premiers romans d'Amy Thomas, qui eux étaient un poil meilleurs pour le coup, mais toujours avec ce petit quelque chose de manquant), et
Feb 11, 2016 Nathalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En 1895 à Londres, alors qu’un critique de théâtre est assassiné, George Bernard Shaw (critique musical, auteur de pièces de théâtre et scénariste ayant réellement existé) fait appel à Sherlock Holmes pour enquêter.
Un deuxième meurtre va corser l’affaire et mener à d’autres pistes, que Holmes et Watson feront tout pour élucider.

J’aime beaucoup le fait que Nicholas Meyer encre l’univers de Sherlock Holmes dans la réalité, par exemple dans la préface, quand il explique avoir reçu plusieurs manuscr
Sep 19, 2015 Rosemary rated it it was ok
The plot of The West End Horror is very clever indeed. It is, however, a Sherlock Holmes tale, that has two shortcomings. First, it tries too hard to sound like Dr. John Watson/Sir Arthur Conan:

"It a sunny, cold morning, March 1, when he flung his pen across the room in disgust . . . He hunted up his pen from the floor whither he hah hurled it and prepared to address himself again to his notes, observing the while, with a didactic formality which contrasted oddly with his posture upon hands and
Matt Kuhns
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Kuhns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The West End Horror is, as a Sherlock Holmes adventure, entirely adequate; the real interest is in the realization that it’s in fact an intricate and puzzling chimaera of a work, always something else no matter what angle you regard it from. For escapist “fan fiction,” it’s arguably so deeply layered and meta-referential that you can’t quite feel sure of the line between authorial intent, and coincidental connections spotted by a reader primed for conspiracy and mystery.

The book itself, being an
Holmes is called upon by his friend, George Bernard Shaw (yes, the George Bernard Shaw), to investigate the murder of a much-hated theatre critic. The investigation takes Holmes and Watson on a journey through London's West End, and the world of the London theatre scene, where they encounter such characters as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Henry Irving, to name a few.

As the investigation goes on, every detail and clue seems to lead to more mystery, instead of more clarification, and after anothe
Karl Øen
Oct 27, 2012 Karl Øen rated it liked it
I remember queing up at the local newsstand to buy Playboy where this novel first was published in the 70's. Being about seventeen at the time, I had some explaining to do in the rather strict protestant community where I grew up. To complicate things further, the novel was published in at least two installments, which meant I had to go back the following month to buy the next issue...I believe the local congregation started to pray for me by then..

The West End Horror, although weaker than the S
Aug 10, 2015 L.B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Estaba pensando si ponerle una tercera estrella pero no he disfrutado su lectura.
Ahora bien, la novela se sitúa en Londres 1895 y es una aventura de Sherlock Holmes y el Doctor Watson que deben descubrir el asesinato de un critico de teatro, luego se suma otro asesinato de una actriz de teatro.
No me gusto que Nicholas Meyer halla utilizado personajes reales con personajes ficticios, como tampoco leer que a Bram Stoker posee el apodo de "mamá" y que es un depravado por comenzar a escribir Drácula
Chris Cline
Aug 16, 2010 Chris Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: holmes, mysteries
I kind of liked this book. Any new Holmes book is worth trying. This outing, “The West End Horror”, was written by Nichlas Meyer who had earlier written “The 7% Solution” which was made into a pretty good movie in the early 80’s. “The West End Horror” is written rather well, the characters all have the Conan Doyle feel to them and even though this book is set in 1895ish you can still feel “old” London coming threw the page.
Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the trail of a killer striking in the West
Sarah Sammis
Nov 08, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Last year I re-read and reviewed The Seven-per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer. This year I cracked open the sequel The West End Horror throws Sherlock Holmes into the middle of the London's theater district.

Some reviews point out a similarity between the Jack the Ripper murders and the deaths in the West End Horror but Jack the Ripper is not part of this mystery. He does, however show up in Time After Time, also by Nicholas Meyer.

When I was reading The West End Horror I was reminded most of The
I enjoyed this book a lot, I plan to read more by Nicholas Meyer because I think this book is one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes pastiches that I've read so far.
Aside from the suitably creepy mystery, the book had what other pastiches inexplicably lack, which is a sense of humour. Some pastiche writers approach the Sherlock Holmes world with such reverent seriousness that it reads as didactic, even boring. Not so this book. Sherlock Holmes is fiendishly dedicated to research of obscure subjects
Sep 18, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: whodunit
Pretty good Holmes pastiche, fast-paced, decently plotted. Meyer does a good job of imitating standard conversational gambits between Holmes & Watson. Not so much between them & the other historical characters shoe-horned into the action. And not so good a job w/ Holmes' personality as with Watson's.

After reading a few other reviews, it occurred to me that I probably enjoyed this much more before I acquired the familiarity w/ GB Shaw, Stoker, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan & Shakespea
I really enjoyed this book right up to the ending, which was a bit off for me. But Meyer does a superb job of channeling Doyle (a term that wasn't even around when Meyer wrote it in the mid-70s). Holmes and Watson caught up in murder and mayhem in London's theatrical community. The murder of a little-liked drama critique is followed shortly by another murder within the same circles. Meyer lends an air of authenticity to the story by writing in George Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, and B ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Shane rated it it was ok
I love Sherlock Holmes as a character and have enjoyed many of Doyle's writings about the character as well as some other authors writing the character and of course I loved the movies.

By reading the title to this I had hoped Mr. Meyers had combined Sherlock with a plot more filled with horror elements. Unfortunately he didn't. The writing was enjoyable, the plot was intricate and I don't think anyone reading it could figure it out before hand (which is probably a negative for some mystery reade
Mar 10, 2011 Kristina rated it did not like it
In comparison to Meyer's other S.H. stories, I find Holmes's characterization severely lacking. He has Holmes laughing frequently, where the original Holmes is less demonstrative. He also has Holmes eating healthily through the duration of the case, when it is commonly accepted that Holmes abstains from eating, at least in large, leisurely quantities, when working. Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, and Bram Stoker appear as name-dropped characters whose existence fails to serve any real purpose in conn ...more
Read when it originally came out in the 1970's, I recently re-read this 2nd of Meyer's three Sherlockian pastiches (preceded by The Seven-Percent Solution [the publication of which is generally credited with starting the still-in-progress revival of Holmes novels and short story collections] and followed by The Canary Trainer). The three are not connected, however, and can be read independently and in any order. In this one Meyer throws in a lot of Holmes' well known London contemporaries such a ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Rozonda rated it liked it
My very first Sherlockian pastiche, read even before I finished reading the whole canon. I was 12 back then and I thought it splendid- and it certainly sparkled the flame that made of me a Sherlockian and continues up to this day. Now, looking back, I see quite a few defects in it, but I still think the plot is original, the introduction of real life characters (oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker...) is not gratuitous and the "game is afoot" spirit is respected. I liked it better than Meyer' ...more
Mar 29, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
I forever see and hear Jeremy Brett as Mr Holmes, and did so while reading this. George Bernard Shaw is a favorite of mine, and I recognized him immediately from Watson's description while observing him approaching 221B.

The book is good, but not as good as some others in this same genre. Nicholas Meyer is able to include historical figures in his stories without being incredibly annoying or having them out of character. He also doesn't "name drop" and stuff as many as he can in, but sticks to th
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Revenge of the Hound: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
  • The Whitechapel Horrors
  • Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes
  • The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume III: The Novels
  • The Crimes of Dr. Watson
  • The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: War of the Worlds
  • Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula
  • The Man from Hell (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))
  • My Dearest Holmes
  • Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Stalwart Companions
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Dynamite, #1)
  • The Secret Journals of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Giant Rat of Sumatra
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
Nicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director for the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Scree ...more
More about Nicholas Meyer...

Other Books in the Series

Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches (3 books)
  • The Seven-Percent Solution
  • The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D.

Share This Book