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Preview — The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Overall rating: 4.5/ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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
Review: Before I even began the book, I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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." ...more
This novel is completely fiction, but is based on Doyle’s own leanings. The author imagines a case in which the outcom ...more
Doyle is invited to the medium's ancient, family estate in the country. Doyle's friend, Oscar Wilde, comes along f ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more