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The Sherlockian

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  6,627 ratings  ·  1,257 reviews
n December 1893, Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines in anticipation of Sherlock Holmes's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero. London spiralled into mourning. Crowds sported black arm bands in grief and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

Then in 1901, just as abruptly as the author "murder
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Viking Canada
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Grace Tjan
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SHOELACE STRANGLER

For several months, preoccupied with my recent marriage and my taking over the practice in Kensington, I had not the opportunity to see my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes. One winter evening, after spending a largely idle day at my desk, I decided to lock up the door early and visit my old comrade. I did not relish the notion of enduring a lonely night at home --- Mary had gone away to visit her parents --- and I had with me something that I knew would amuse him
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James Thane
This is a cleverly done work of historical fiction in which Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, attempts to solve a series of murders at the turn of the Twentieth Century while at the same time a devoted Sherlockian named Harold White attempts to solve two baffling mysteries at the turn of the Twenty-First.

As the book opens, all of England and most of the English-speaking world is in mourning because Doyle has killed off Holmes, the world's most popular detective, so that Doyle c
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Kathy
When after finishing a book, including the author's notes at the end, you find yourself reading every little scrap of print left that you haven't yet read, then you know you just finished reading a fascinating book. The Christmas season was the appropriate time for reading this book because as a lover of historical fiction, mystery, and literature-related fiction, it was indeed an unexpected present from which I derived immense pleasure. I think Matthew Pearl, in his endorsement of the book, suc ...more
Cherie
I love Sherlock Holmes. How could I pass up a book with this title? I barely read the summary before I pressed the button on my iPOD to download the MP3 files from my library. The only thing I really wanted to know was who was the narrator. I didn't find this out until the end, and by then, I didn't want the book to be over. I did not want to stop listening to James Langton telling me about Arthur Doyle, Bram Stoker, Harold White, Sara Linsey or the Baker Street Irregulars and the Sherlockian So ...more
Michael
When I heard the premise for "The Sherlockian" I was intrigued. I've been a fan of the great detective ever since I picked up "Hound of the Baskervilles" in a school reading class years ago. And earlier this year, I read the fascinating book "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes" that delves into the true story of how an avid Holmes fan was killed and what possible motives there might have been.

Graham Moore's "The Sherlockian" feels a bit like a fictional exploration of that question. In one storyline,
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Adrien
Two good stories in this book - but what I really enjoyed, and what really made me want to read this book whenever I could was the type of language Moore uses and the imagery he invokes. Throughout the book, there's also a theme of moving from the romanticized Victorian era to the 20th century. At the very end of the book, two workmen finish putting electric bulbs in the streetlights on Baker Street.

'"Oi," said the taller workman. "That's it, then."
"I'd say so," replied the other.
"Lord, but it's
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Hannah
I had heard some buzz about The Sherlockian, and after putting it on hold at my local library, I found that I was #37 on the wait list, so that got me further excited. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing read after all. There were some parts in both the past and present POV's that were mildly entertaining if you were a moderate to more serious fan of the Sherlock Holmes canon, but for the most part I thought the characters (especially Harold) were wooden and the plotlines for both time periods ...more
Elisha Condie
First of all, I only read this after reading through the reviews here on GoodReads and I can't believe how lame this book turned out to be! Blast you, GoodReads reviewers.

This book tells two stories. One about Harold White, the newest and youngest member of the elite Sherlock Holmes fan club the Irregulars; the other about Arthur Conan Doyle himself, looking into a mystery after he has killed off Sherlock in his writing.

Having each chapter switch back and forth between stories was unbelieva
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Mike
"The Sherlockian" begins with Arthur Conan Doyle contemplating murder--the murder of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle's literary creation has made his life a misery. Perhaps the crowning blow is his own mother requesting him to sign a book for her next door neighbor as "Sherlock Holmes." This misery must end. Doyle writes "The Final Problem." Moriarity and Holmes fall to their death from the top of Reichenbach Falls. Upon the story's publication, Doyle is mystified by finding citizens on the street wearin ...more
Ryan
Graham Moore's The Sherlockian is good, but after a while, it just feels like historical fiction cheats. You don't have to invent a character -- just read an encyclopedia. And talk about easy marketing! "Have you heard of Sherlock Holmes? Read this."

Still, in spite of my cynical response to the premise of The Sherlockian, I have to admit that Moore has told a pretty clever story that should satisfy Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts.

Yes, enthusiasts. You could even call them obsessives.

They're out ther
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Carmen
Jan 16, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This book alternates between Arthur Conan Doyle's world of 1900 and Harold White's world of 2010. There is a murder mystery in each. Harold is dealing with a missing Doyle diary and a Sherlockian strangled to death with his own shoestring. Arthur is dealing with his hatred of Sherlock Holmes, and consequently, his public's hatred of himself (ACD) for killing off Sherlock in "The Final Problem". Arthur is very reluctantly pulled into a real-life mystery of a serial killer and starts to realize th ...more
Mike
Jun 07, 2014 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The Sherlockian is a novel that does not deal directly with Holmes and Watson, but rather their creator (literary Agent if you prefer) Arthur Conan Doyle. Despite this near-fatal, self-inflicted hamstringing, the author does a credible job of crafting a tale to hold the reader’s interest. (Holmes is like bacon; even just a little bit perks things up and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.)

The novel is set in the past (1893) and the present (2010) and the chapters alternate on these two ti
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Catie
I started out really liking this one. The premise is really clever - the plot switches back and forth between 1900 and 2010. In the year 1900, Arthur Conan Doyle is fed up with Sherlock Holmes. His most famous character is worshipped by the English public, while his other "more serious" works are ignored. He's even (gasp) asked to sign Holmes' name on autographs! He liberates himself by killing Holmes, which results in mass public outcry. In 2010, Harold White, a dorky Arthur Conan Doyle enthusi ...more
Nancy
I cannot say I cared for this book overmuch. The tone seemed a bit farcical, as if the author was amused by his own cleverness, particularly in the modern sections. The Doyle sections were a wee bit ponderous but with some jarring modern word usage (clomping boots or upsidedown Vs describing architectural elements) and people using terms of speech that they would have been unlikely to use at that time. Overall, the book seemed like a juvenile and ambitious attempt that needed a bit more vine-rip ...more
Peter
This book is terrible. The alternating chapters tell a story of Arthur Conan Doyle investigating a murder in 1900, and a modern-day Holmes fan searching for Doyle's missing diary. The story elements of the mystery are, I suppose, OK. But you're too distracted by the fact that this author can't write. It is one clunky sentence after another-- particularly in the Doyle section. Whole paragraphs sound like thinly rewritten encyclopedia entries: "Did you know that on a trip to blah blah, I once got ...more
Sue
I enjoyed this story split between the present day tale of a member of the Baker Street Irregulars on a quest to solve a crime and riddle worthy of the master and an historical tale of Arthur Conan Doyle at the turn of the 20th century as he deals with crime in his day. At first the alternating chapters felt a bit jarring but as I got immersed in the story, they felt more "right" and seemed to fit the overall intention of the novel.

I imagine the overall moral of both stories might be to be caref
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David Alkek
This is a Sherlock Holmes type book of who dunnit, that bounces back and forth from a modern day Sherlockian Club to the interaction of Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker in Victorian Britian. All are involved in search of a missing manuscript and murder is in the mix. It is a must read for any Holmes aficionado.
Alayne Bushey
Graham Moore’s debut novel has all the ingredients to be a delicious mystery. it opens with Arthur Conan Doyle and his dear friend Bram Stoker as Arthur debates the pros and cons of killing off his famed character, Sherlock Holmes. Filled with a bitter hatred for his character because all of London believes Holmes to be real, and Arthur to be his literary agent, he sets about to destroy Sherlock and falls into a real life Holmes mystery along the way when murdered young women start appearing acr ...more
Ceren Ünlü
Graham Moore'un yazdığı SHERLOCK okundu, bitti.
Ustaca kurgulanmış bir kitaptı. Her zaman ki gibi Sherlock'un bir hikayesini anlatmak yerine, bizzat Sherlock'u anlatıyordu. Onun yaratıcısı Arthur Conan Doyle ile Holmes'dan parçalar ustaca birleştirilmiş. Hatta Bram Stoker'in varlığı bile geçiyordu kitapta. Kitabın polisiye olmasının yanı sıra edebi özelliği de var.
Yazarın anlatımını ise çok beğendim. Okurken hiç sıkılmıyorsun. Her bölümün sonu merak uyandırıcıydı. Çevirisinin güzelliği ise kitaba
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Anthony
A fascinating historical thriller set in both New York and London in 2010 and London in the late 19th century. Based on the true story, which I never realized, of the mysterious disappearance of some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's letters, including a section of his diary covering the late 19th century.

In 2010 New York, at a meeting of Sherlockians (those who are fans of Sherlock Holmes), one of them announces that he has found Conan Doyle's missing diary. He later is found murdered in his hotel ro
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Kristy
Alas, this is a graduate of what I like to call the "Dan Brown New School of Mediocre History Mysteries." I mean, come on, it's his fault that history mysteries are the adult publishing craze of recent times. The only one worse than this is Kostova's The Historian, which is about a vampire. *facepalm*

You can tell Graham Moore is a nerd, and he knows his Victoriana quite well. While his write shows enthusiasm for the topic, he lacks in actual story elements. This is a weak mystery, plain and simp
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Johnny
Similar to The Club Dumas (with its search for the 17th century occult work, The Nine Doors) which was made into the forgettable movie (The Ninth Gate), The Sherlockian is built on the search for a lost/rare book. In this case, the rare book is a lost diary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The largest difference between the two novels is that The Sherlockian jumps back in forth in time between the modern era in which solution for the main mystery hinges on the finding of the diary and the presumed eve ...more
Susan
Once the hero of the story got past that 'gee whiz' amazement, the story flowed along quite well. As as matter of fact, the reader found his powers of deduction quite clever and brilliant, much as his hero, Sherlock Holmes.

The alternating chapter of Arthur Conan Doyle solving a mystery from his end was very well done and didn't have that super-human sense that the Holmes stories carry. This was a regular guy trying his best to solve a crime, with the help of his good friend, Bram Stoker. That wa
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Dave
My grandparents gave me a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories when I was 12 years old. They gave me a complete collection a year or two later when it was clear that I'd become a devoted fan of Doyle, his consulting detective, and the mystery genre.

I approached this novel with some trepidation, but once I started I find myself thoroughly entranced and filled with nostalgia. It's not Doyle, but for me it's an enchanting re-engagement with my youth and with some ideas I find fascinating.

Some re
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Writer's Relief
In 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes. Loyal readers were furious. This event (and Doyle’s decision to bring Holmes back from the dead) figure prominently in THE SHERLOCKIAN. Two connected mysteries, one from 1900 and the other from 2010, are solved in alternating chapters. These interconnected tales include radical suffragists, a serial killer, a nerdy Sherlockian, and a search for Arthur Conan Doyle’s missing diary. Bram Stoker makes an appearance. The two stories merge in a s ...more
Oliver
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Larry Cunningham
May 06, 2013 Larry Cunningham rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlockians
This book was a delight for me to read. As a fan of all things Sherlockian, it hit all the right buttons. The two interlocking stories were both gripping, the discussions concerning the mystery genre in general were insightful, and the climax was 100% satisfying. Yes, I know, the ending was straight out of Hollywood. In this case, I hope the ploy works. I would definitely pay money to see this as a movie, as long as it didn't stray too far from the novel.
Celeste
I am very confused. Isn't this "The Sherlockonian"? Sam description. Why different names to same book?
Ekairidium
On one beautiful rainy night, I was able pick up this book; a book that was on my Christmas list last 2010. I started reading it slowly for two nights in a row since then, until on the third night—in a span of the most marvelous 5 hours of my life—I was able to finish it. Once in a while I would stop reading just to cry a little. I literally don’t dilly-dally when it comes to my Sherlock Holmes. It’s been a decade now and I remain truly in love with the Great Detective, my childhood hero.

This bo
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Bonnie Randall
A plotline where Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker solve a mystery together? Count me *so* in!

The Sherlockian is a cozy mystery with a twist (‘course there’s a twist; it’s influenced by Sherlock Holmes!) for here we have two separate plotlines, one present, one historical, both converging at the end to deliver a solution that’s surprisingly poignant. Present day: Harold, a member of an elite club of Sherlock Holmes aficionados, is trying to solve the mystery of why one member, who had unearthe
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Graham Moore is a twenty-eight-year-old graduate of Columbia University, where he received his degree in religious history. He grew up in Chicago, which was very cold, and then moved to New York, which was not really as cold, even though people who live there strangely pretend that it is.

He now lives in the not-at-all-cold Los Angeles, despite being the sort of person who thought he would never, e
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“[On writing more Sherlock Holmes stories.] ‘I don’t care whether you do or not,’ said Bram. ‘But you will, eventually. He’s yours, till death do you part. Did you really think he was dead and gone when you wrote “The Final Problem”? I don’t think you did. I think you always knew he’d be back. But whenever you take up your pen and continue, heed my advice. Don’t bring him here. Don’t bring Sherlock Holmes into the electric light. Leave him in the mysterious and romantic flicker of the gas lamp. He won’t stand next to this, do you see? The glare would melt him away. He was more the man of our time than Oscar was. Or than we were. Leave him where he belongs, in the last days of our bygone century. Because in a hundred years, no one will care about me. Or you. Or Oscar. We stopped caring about Oscar years ago, and we were his bloody *friends.* No, what they’ll remember are the stories. They’ll remember Holmes. And Watson. And Dorian Gray.” 13 likes
“Look, I get it. I’m a white, heterosexual man. It’s really easy for me to say, ‘Oh, wow, wasn’t the nineteenth century terrific?’ But try this. Imagine the scene: It’s pouring rain against a thick window. Outside, on Baker Street, the light from the gas lamps is so weak that it barely reaches the pavement. A fog swirls in the air, and the gas gives it a pale yellow glow. Mystery brews in every darkened corner, in every darkened room. And a man steps out into that dim, foggy world, and he can tell you the story of your life by the cut of your shirtsleeves. He can shine a light into the dimness, with only his intellect and his tobacco smoke to help him. Now. Tell me that’s not awfully romantic?” 12 likes
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