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The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
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Sep 09, 11

bookshelves: 2011-book-challenge-150-books, contemporary-fiction, historical-fiction, suspense-fiction, kindle
Read from August 08 to 11, 2011

What fun this was! I loved the name-dropping in both stories. Felt like I was in on all the inside jokes. Moore has written two books in one; Arthur Conan Doyle is the main character of one of the stories, revealing his uneasy relationship with his stellar creation, taking great pleasure in killing Sherlock Holmes off in the fall -- and the falls. But then he faces the wrath of his fans who seem to believe Holmes is real. A funny scene involves Doyle being attacked on the street by an old woman who's furious that Holmes is dead. Enter Doyle's good friend, Bram Stoker, working on his own little book about Transylvania...and mentions of other literary giants pepper this story. Doyle begins to believe his own press and attempts, with Stoker's help, to solve a series of brutal murders of young suffragettes in London.

The contemporary story concerns a group of 'Sherlockians' who also act as if Holmes is a real person...they preen, they dress up, they write scholarly papers about arcane moments in the stories. Harold is a new member and becomes involved in a murder and a search for the "Missing Diary" that has become part of Holmes lore. Namedropping continues with a fast line about Laurie King's speech to the Sherlockians...she is the author of a great series of books with Holmes as a main character. Harold is hired by a family member of Doyle to find the blasted diary no matter the cost...and the cost could be very high. The last Sherlockian who claims to have found it is killed on the eve of his triumphant speech to the group.

Great fun, great mystery.

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50.0% "Mystery, humor, namedropping! Love it!"

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