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The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  310 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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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Sean Gibson
Jul 22, 2016 Sean Gibson rated it it was amazing
You know how sometimes you order bacon at a restaurant and when it comes, it’s perfect? I mean, not objectively perfect, because everyone likes their bacon a little bit different, but perfect for YOU? For me, that means lean, crispy, not too greasy, salty, a little blackened on the edges…as if the chef came to my table, asked me exactly how I wanted it, and promptly went back to the kitchen and cooked it to order.

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall was one perfectly prepared, made-to-order-just-for-m
Arthur Conan Doyle is the most hated man in London after killing off Sherlock Holmes. So when he gets the chance to investigate a murder that hasn't happened yet he jumps to the chance to get away from London a bit. A medium, Hope Thraxton, has foreseen her own murder and the only face she recognizesin her vision is Doyle's so she turns to him to solve the crime. But he doesn't go alone to Thraxton Hall for a meeting withheSociety for Psychical Research, his good friend Oscar Wilde tags along, a ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Light weight, humorous off shoot of Sherlock Holmes stories, the novelty being that the 'detectives' are actually Arthur Conan Doyle and his friend Oscar Wilde. A lot of the comedy comes from the Oscar Wilde character primping and fretting over his outfits.
This was the perfect palate cleansing book for when you are either too tired to read anything complex or need to reset after a long bout of overdosing on another genre (in my case, fantasy). I have a few series/ authors who serve this role and
This is a simply fabulous book, and was tons of fun to read. With the main characters being Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde and, once in a while, the ghost of Sherlock Holmes, how could you go wrong?

It was very enjoyable to read a book in which the sleuthing was done by Doyle himself, instead of his famous fictional detective. And Oscar Wilde was the perfect companion with many witticisms from him scattered throughout the book. And the Victorian period and the creepiness of Thraxton Hall were ve
Dec 27, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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/
Jan 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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
Riju Ganguly
Jun 26, 2014 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

3.5 stars.

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

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Prity Malhotra
Sep 29, 2014 Prity Malhotra rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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
Jul 12, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, fiction
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
Jan 30, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Top draw stuff from former Gargoyle sculptor Vaughn Entwistle. A most enjoyable debut novel. Arthur Conan Doyle as detective is a great concept, as is casting Oscar Wilde as the “Watson” to his “Sherlock Holmes”. The time period in which it is set is also an inspired choice, set just after the publication of “The Final Problem”, the story in which Holmes takes a tumble down Reichenbach falls, supposedly to his death. At the time Doyle had every intention of this being the last ever Holmes story ...more
May 14, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 04, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrea Lakly
Oct 08, 2014 Andrea Lakly rated it liked it
Totally hilarious, right down to the scene where Conan Doyle reveals that keeps a revolver tied to his leg. My only wish is that Oscar Wilde had said, "Is that a revolver in your pants, or are you happy to see me?"
Aug 19, 2014 Fariha rated it really liked it
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

Jan 18, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
a fun read with the mixture of real and fictional characters.
This novel was pure fun to read, I thoroughly enjoyed Vaughn Entwistle's clever mix of mystery, paranormal phenomena and witty humor.

The portrayal of Oscar Wilde had me laughing out loud. I just loved him, he was a fabulous funny man to Arthur Conan Doyle's straight man. But both were endearing characters and their quest to uncover the truth kept me turning the pages.

I loved the period details and the vivid settings Entwistle created, whether it be the cold, damp, bustling, city streets of Londo
Katie W
I had no idea what these authors from the 1800s were really like and I thought the author did a great job in bringing them to life.

This story takes the reader into the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--the author of Sherlock Holmes. He and his good friend, Oscar Wilde, go and stay at Thraxton Hall to investigate a murder that hasn't happened yet. Everyone seems suspicious; anyone could have a motive. There are ghosts and spirits aplenty, as well as mysteries lurking around every corner.

I loved t
C Bee
Jul 08, 2014 C Bee rated it it was amazing
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
Well 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I liked it, but there were a few things that set my teeth on edge. It was a bit of a stretch anyway - I must be the one person in the entire universe who isn't enamored with Sherlock Holmes. It's not a Sherlock Holmes mystery, but he pops in now and again to be the voice of reason for his creator. And does his creator need a voice of reason! Honestly, with all the mooning he does about the first available woman, it's a miracle he can see straight. That's one of th ...more
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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
Apr 03, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by vaughn Enwistle
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
Mar 25, 2014 Ivyd rated it really liked it
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.

Jan 12, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
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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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 about 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 write with one cat
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