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The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Arthur Conan Doyle has just killed off Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem,” and he immediately becomes one of the most hated men in London. So when he is contacted by a medium “of some renown” and asked to investigate a murder, he jumps at the chance to get out of the city. The only thing is that the murder hasn’t happened yet—the medium, one Hope Thraxton, has foreseen ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book was a pleasure to read. The atmosphere is so classic Victorian and Gothic, the humor hit the mark, and while I wasn't sure about how successful using real-life writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and playwright Oscar Wilde as a crime-solving duo would be, it turns out to be perfect. Wilde's wit was exactly what I expected and Doyle is just as lovable as his creation. I definitely recommend this book to those who are Victoriana-inclined, and who like classic/Gothic horror.

Overall rating: 4.5/
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Ionia
I dare you to read this book and not fall in love with it if you are or have ever been a Sherlock Holmes fan.

This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. I giggled my way through the wry humour and appreciated the complexity of the mysteries involved in the telling of this tale.

From the very beginning, you can tell that the author put a lot of thought into this work. He managed to not only honour Arthur Conan Doyle and his fantastic career, but to make a new and interesting
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Laura
Jan 05, 2014 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.

In the present book, I was quite surprised to reading such suspenseful story where Conan Doyle and Wilde were invited by a medium - Hope Thraxton, in order to investigate a murder, which will take place during a meeting of the Society for Physical Research in her manor house outside London.

The story has plenty of humor and suspense as well, making this book a pace reading: once you start to rea
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Riju Ganguly
This was quite a difficult book, although not in terms of the narrative and characterisation. While I fully expect Sherlock Holmes and Watson to face mortal dangers in the form of zombies, vampires, ghouls, Mr Hyde, Martians, even the dread Cthulhu (and other deep ones), somehow the concept of Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde facing actual ghosts & revenants (despite the former's manic spiritualism that had overshadowed every other act & work of his towards the end of his life) was dis ...more
Nancy
If there is another book as fast-paced as this one, I don't know what it is.
Normally, I'm not too fond of books which use historical characters in novels which are not historical fiction, but just as characters in novels. But Vaughn Entwistle has studied the personalities of Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde and they stay in character.
For those who love mysteries, haunted houses and the occult, this is a good book -- and there will be a sequel. For once, Conan Doyle gets to be the detective instea
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Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall initially captured my interest because it features Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character. If you don’t know who he is, then you’ve probably either lived under a rock for the past century, or you’re just no fan of mysteries. Arthur Conan Doyle is the author of the Sherlock Holmes books, only the greatest detective the
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Prity Malhotra
Sir Vaughn Entwistle, I Bow down to you !! I am a Great Sherlock/Arthur Doyle Fan & have not only read all Sherlock Books, but also read many Sherlock Interpretations by other Authors. And This Book if not better than some of the original Sherlock Books, is atleast 100 times better than Sherlock rip-offs by others. What Shines throughtout this Book are the Characters: Sir Arthur Doyle is a quiet chap yet he let's his wisdom speak while Wilde Oscar through his pompous wit & humor steals t ...more
Albert
Title - The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author - Vaughn Entwistle

Story Summary -

Arthur Conan Doyle is at a crossroads. His creation, Sherlock Holmes, has taken over his life and his other desires to create different characters and different genres is rejected as the public and his publisher only want Holmes. So he does the unthinkable. He kills Holmes thinking it will get him the freedom he seeks. Doyle is unprepared for the public reaction. Lif
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Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
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Here’s the problem: it starts slow. It took me a very long time to reach the halfway point (I kept falling asleep. The kind of asleep where you’re in the middle of reading and suddenly are waking up because the Kindle hits you in the face.). But once I passed the halfway point, the pacing and plot really started to improve. I read the rest quickly and really enjoyed it. I want to tell you all that I really loved “The Revenant of Thraxton Hall” but I
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

3.5 stars.

A paranormal historical mystery, which would probably be a good spooky read for October.

For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/73... .
Jennifer
Please visit my blog, Bibliophage, to read my full review.

Loved, loved, loved this book. If you have an interest in mysteries or literary characters or great characterizations or wonderful male relationships, read it. It was a fun and fast read.
Fariha
This books is great, there's no other way to describe it. In the wise words of Mister Louis Walsh, it ticks all the boxes.

- An adorably proper and gentlemanly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Check.
- A flamboyant, radical and downright hilarious sidekick in the form of one Mister Oscar Wilde? Check.
- A murder case that hasn't taken place yet? Check.
- A Society for Psychical Research holding its first seminar in an old decrepit mansion? Check.
- Magicians, counts and academics gathered for this mighty cau

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Gabriella Gricius
Why Read: It was an extraordinarily last-minute sort of model, and I certainly didn’t plan on reading The Revenant – but I’m so happy I did. After spending too long a time away from Net Galley, I took it upon myself to update my profile and check out the books available. Net Galley is a great website where one can ask for books to read ahead of publication or afterwards and send reviews to the publisher, so that they may know your words ahead of schedule.

Review: Before I even began the book, I
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C Bee
It was a dark and stormy night . . . but wait! This book contains all the classic elements of a paranormal thriller: the decaying wing of an ancient country house, seances, ghostly figures, old family retainers (including a blind butler with a photographic memory of the wine cellar) - but, like a magician's coat - it is what you don't see that delights.

The descriptions show the author's eye and ear for accuracy and creativity; thus, "an icy March rain needled his eyes", and "His gloved fingers g
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Jasper
originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2014...

Titan books is a huge source of the current Sherlock Holmes fiction this day and I have read a few of those and enjoyed them very much. When the opportunity presented itself to review The Revenant of Thraxton Hall it was to good not to say yes. The part that got me interested in this book was the promise of being written from the point of view of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We all know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the creative mind beh
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Samantha
Arthur Conan Doyle is surrounded by death. He has eliminated Sherlock Holmes. His beloved wife is dying of consumption. And he has been approached by a slightly eccentric angel, Lady Hope Traxton, who swears she has envisioned her own murder. There is little he cares to do about Holmes, despite being branded a murderer and villain for ending the sleuth's brilliant career with the swipe of a pen. His wife is lost to him, despite his knowledge as a physician. But the Lady? There he may be able to ...more
Ivyd
4.5 stars
Arthur Conan Doyle, having killed off England’s beloved Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem,” is eager to escape London. He gets the opportunity when medium Hope Thraxton asks him to solve a murder that is yet to be committed, her own.
Arthur is invited by the Society for Psychical Research to Hope’s manor house for two weeks of research and seances. Arthur’s friend, playwright and bon vivant Oscar Wilde, invites himself along to assist Arthur in his investigation. The game is afoot.


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Rachel
Jan 12, 2014 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate. Fans of the Mrs. Jeffries Victorian mystery series.
ARC courtesy of NetGalley

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Enwhistle is the first installment in the entertaining new alternative history series, The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Featuring the unlikely detective duo of real-life colleagues, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde – we are introduced to a world of intrigue, gothic mystery with paranormal twists, high society and high fashion circa 1893.

When we meet Conan Doyle we find he is in the middle of a very difficult ye
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Jen
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall is another Sherlock Holmes derivative, but instead of focusing on Sherlock himself, Entwistle features Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde as his protagonists and paranormal investigators. Hard to resist!

Of course, I enjoyed The Revenant of Thraxton Hall and can add it to a long list of take-offs on Sherlock Holmes --with the added amusement of Oscar Wilde and his one-liners.

Both of these men were, in real life, fascinating characters with a wide circle of friends t
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Sarah-Hope
I delight in the many ways Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character has evolved over the years, first under Doyle’s hand and then again and again as others have picked up the character. Yes, there are a million Holmes variations out there, but there’s always room for another good one. My personal favorites are Annelie Wendeberg’s Anna Kronberg series (a woman who cross-dresses in order to pursue a career as a Victorian-era epidemiologist and who crosses paths with, then works with Holmes) ...more
Ann Sloan
Now that Sherlock Holmes (prior to 1923) is in the public domain, there will undoubtedly more and more Holmes-ripoffs.

Yet another Holmes pastiche. Dreadful in plotting and writing. I lost track of the bloopers. Continuity means nothing to Mr. Entwistle. I lost track of the contradictions from page to page, sometimes even on the page! For example, while in the maze, Doyle and Wilde mention that a third seance is scheduled for that night. What is the next chapter titled? Yep, "The Second Seance."
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Meaghan
Those with more than a passing familiarity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are aware of his interest in the supernatural. Perhaps mostly famous is his publication of the Cottingley Fairies photographs. Aside from theosophy, he also sought out mediums, ever hopeful that the dead can speak to those still living and perhaps he could reach out once more to his father, his wife and his son.

This novel is completely fiction, but is based on Doyle’s own leanings. The author imagines a case in which the outcom
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Theresa
I am a Arthur Conan Doyle fan, and a Sherlock Holmes fan as well, I was happy to receive the honor of reading this book. I find that Vaughn Entwistle has done well following in the genre along with many new authors like Michael Kurland have revived the character and spirit of the original characters. I love the premise that the book looks at the dark period of Arthur Conan Doyle's life and how he was consumed by his character. I have had the fortune of meeting some of today's great authors, and ...more
Janet Martin
With his friend Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle goes to a haunted mansion for a series of séances that are to culminate with the death of a lovely medium. In part, he just wants to get away from his former fans who are so very annoyed that he has killed off Sherlock Holmes. But he's also fascinated by the beautiful Hope Thraxton and hopes to prevent the death she has foreseen. A spooky gothic setting, ghosts, and a collection of strange characters are a pretty good setup, but when the house is c ...more
Chazzi
Arthur Conan Doyle has reached the point where he no longer wants to be associated with Sherlock Holmes. He wants to write of other things, so he has just killed off Holmes in "The Final Problem". A mysterious medium with a well respected reputation contacts Doyle, asking for his help in preventing a murder, giving Doyle something new to focus on and distract him from Holmes' demise.

Doyle is invited to the medium's ancient, family estate in the country. Doyle's friend, Oscar Wilde, comes along f
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Bekka
Thanks to Edelweiss and Minotaur Books for early access to this title.

3 1/2 stars - This was a fun mystery, with Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde as the main protagonists. I thoroughly enjoyed the Oscar Wilde character, and liked what the author did with the various famous personages that people this book. The plot was fairly well done, and the mystery is quite good. I had a bit of a problem with the reliance on all the supernatural stuff, but that is in keeping with Conan Doyle's own belief s
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Debra Borchert
I loved Entwistle's earlier e-book, "Angel of Highgate" and was absolutely thrilled with "Revenant."

What a thrilling hook: reporting a murder that will happen.

I read an advanced reviewer copy and again, Entwistle's adroit ability to interweave history, research, and well-known historic personalities astonishes me. The humor and writing are both absolutely exquisite. I so enjoyed learning more about Oscar Wilde (and the other characters I won't mention so as not to spoil the surprises)and the pa
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Robert Keck
Hold on, what just happened here? This stunning book mashes Sherlock Holmes, Ghost Adventures, Oscar Wilde and some really pissed off readers who learned Arthur Conan Doyle killed off the character Sherlock Holmes. You gotta read it to believe it.
Reading in Seattle
Loved it!

This book was the perfect balance of mystery, suspense, and humor. I enjoyed the reading about Conan Doyle as his own character come to life and the adventures he and Wilde encounter while dealing with the paranormal.

I'm now impatiently awaiting the sequel.
Gail
What happens when Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde start solving crimes together? Three séances, a monkey named Mephistopheles, and detailed descriptions of Wilde's extravagant costumes (he travels with 20 suitcases). A fun, fast read.
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Vaughn Entwistle is a British novelist based in the Mendip hills of North Somerset, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

For most of his life he has rattled around the world, usually between England and the United States. He lived for over ten years in Seattle where, when not pursuing a day job as a writer/editor, ran a successful gargoyle sculpting business (yes, really!).

When not attempting to
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