Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sherlockian” as Want to Read:
The Sherlockian
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sherlockian

by
3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  9,409 Ratings  ·  1,623 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 "murde ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Viking
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 Sherlockian, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Lesley No, I don't think so. I believe it is clear enough for everyone to read and enjoy the story. Of course, if you actually are a fan, you pick up every…moreNo, I don't think so. I believe it is clear enough for everyone to read and enjoy the story. Of course, if you actually are a fan, you pick up every detail and want to dance around the room because you realize the author actually "gets" the quirky obsessions of those of us who are Sherlock devotees. But, it is well written and anyone can jump in and understand it easily. For those of you who aren't yet Sherlockians, may I suggest going on ebay and getting a CD of Jeremy Brett in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I watched JB in the 80's and 90's and he truly brought the Victorian Holmes to life - JUST as Doyle wrote him. And Cumberbatch is equally brilliant in his modern portrayal. BOTH actors bring to the screen Holmes multi layered personality as well as his strengths and weaknesses. Before reading this book I re-watched Jeremy Brett in The Final Problem and The Empty House ( Where Holmes is killed and then brought back to life.) And also The Cumberbatch version of the same two episodes. I think watching those two episodes and versions will give you a great understanding after reading the novel. Plus, you just might fall in love with Mr. Holmes and comprehend why there has been such a
following since the late 1800's. Enjoy the book everyone....The game's afoot!!!(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
...more
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
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
...more
Célia
Sherlock Holmes é, provavelmente, o detetive mais famoso do mundo. Criado por Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, apareceu pela primeira vez na revista Strand, em 1887, com Um Estudo em Vermelho, e o sucesso foi tal que a personagem extravasou há muito as páginas onde apareceu. e tornou-se, por direito próprio, umas das figuras centrais do imaginário coletivo no que respeita à literatura. Não é o meu detetive famoso preferido (esse lugar é ocupado pelo Poirot de Agatha Christie), mas gostei bastante das his ...more
Elisha Condie
Aug 22, 2011 Elisha Condie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Susan
Jul 09, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe how long it took me to finish this book. I love Sherlock Holmes - I read most of his stories when I was very young and "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" was my first introduction to the detective novel. I've loved them ever since. I had no idea however that there are are whole societies of readers and scholars who are obsessed with Holmes and kind of think he was a real person. It's just one person's opinion, but I think it's...not odd, but "interesting."

Whatever - to the book. It
...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
Carmen
Jan 15, 2014 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Fans
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
Michael
Dec 01, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2010
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,
...more
Hannah
Dec 05, 2010 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2011-reads
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
Adrien
Jan 08, 2011 Adrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Lawyer
"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
AdiTurbo
Jun 05, 2017 AdiTurbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read. A wonderful way to get to know the Sherlockian sub-culture and its people, while enjoying a good suspenseful yarn, that of a Sherlockian investigating a murder in his group of Sherlock fans using the tools he has learned from reading the Holmes stories. You also get to meet Arthur Conan Doyle and his good friend, Bram Stoker, and Moore has given them a mystery to work on, too. Candy for any book lover and Anglophile, intelligent and fulfilling.
Alvina
Jul 30, 2012 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seruuuu. Kangen baca cerita cerita Holmes lagi, bikin penasaran sekaligus deg degan.
Btw jadi penasaran sama doriannya oscar wilde. *brb bongkar timbunan*

-----------------------------------



Tidak perlu kaca pembesar untk membaca pesan yang belum sepenuhnya kering tersebut.
“Sederhana”, bunyi pesan itu.
Pesan itu ditulis menggunakan darah.


The Sherlockian merupakan buku lama saya yang dibeli dengan impulsif lalu tertimbun di lemari bertahun tahun. Sampai awal bulan lalu saya bertekad untuk menyelesaik
...more
Joan
Jan 29, 2016 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” Attributed to Neil Gaiman but I don’t think he ever said it. (I found it on several sketchy web sites)

The author has clever but thin concept for a mystery story but there is not enough development to sustain 346 pages. Readers who enjoy collecting and analyzing clues may enjoy this work, rea
...more
Mike
Jan 01, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  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
...more
Ryan
Feb 21, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Laura LVD
Hace rato que no leo un libro que comience tan atrapante que no pueda soltarlo. Este empezó así, y aunque decae un poco alrededor del capítulo 20, unos pocos capítulos más adelante se vuelve a poner bueno.
Me gustó la historia, y que esté narrado en forma diacrónica (un capítulo transcurre en la actualidad y tiene por protagonista a un fan de Sherlock Holmes; el siguiente transcurre en 1900 y el protagonista es Arthur Conan Doyle, y así se van alternando hasta terminar).
Imperdible la nota del au
...more
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
...more
Peter
Nov 11, 2011 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
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
Sonia De la rosa
Es una novela que cualquier fan de las historias de Sherlock Holmes disfrutará, citas del famoso detective, visitas a lugares que las novelas de Conan Doyle se nos hicieron muy conocidas.
El libro nos narra dos historias de suspense con dos hilos temporales, las dos historias se irán intercalando en capítulos alternos aunque esto en un principio puede parecer un poco líoso, y más en una novela de misterio, el autor consigue hilvanar las dos historias sin que nos cueste seguir las dos tramas.
Por u
...more
Loretańska
He de admitir que al principio este libro me ha decepcionado un poco. Se presentaba ante mí un caso digno del propio Sherlock Holmes, y se ha ido desarrollando de manera tosca y fácil, con un protagonista poco diestro para la acción, y una compañera que resulta ser más detective que ningún sherlockiano. Situaciones fuera de lugar, conversaciones sin importancia, y personajes planos que intentan ser demasiado profundos y no lo consiguen.

Parece que no tengo nada bueno que decir de esta novela, per
...more
Nancy
Apr 17, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sue
Jan 07, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Susan
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
...more
David Alkek
Sep 10, 2013 David Alkek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
On September 3, 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in his journal, “Killed Holmes.” He meant his own creation, the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, of course. Conan Doyle had become sick of Holmes. He was sick of receiving mail addressed to Holmes; he was sick of people asking him to sign books as Holmes rather than as himself; he was sick of his own mother saying she was the “mother of Sherlock Holmes” rather than the mother of Arthur Conan Doyle. So, Conan Doyle, in a story called “The Final ...more
Johnny
Apr 07, 2011 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Larisa
I. Don't. Know. What. To do. With. Myself.
I believe I cannot express my love for sir Conan Doyle's work and how much I loved this particular fictional approach to the issue of the missing diary.
I wish I could write a longer and more satisfying review for those who enjoy reading review. My only recommendation to such readers: stop reading the reviews. Go read this book. Take a leap of faith and let the Reichenbach splash you in the face while you and Harold finally discover what does the missing
...more
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
  • The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • The Patient's Eyes
  • The Brothers of Baker Street (Baker Street Letters, #2)
  • Night Watch: A Long-Lost Adventure in Which Sherlock Holmes Meets Father Brown
  • The Angel of the Opera
  • The Consulting Detective Trilogy Part I: University
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box
  • The Frightened Man (Denton, #1)
  • The Return of Moriarty (Professor Moriarty, #1)
  • Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler, #1)
  • Holmes for the Holidays
  • The Whitechapel Horrors
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Seventh Bullet (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
3041690
Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Pi ...more
More about Graham Moore...

Share This Book



“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?” 18 likes
“[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.” 15 likes
More quotes…