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The Dead Assassin: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #2)

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1895. Victorian England trembles on the verge of hysteria in Vaughn Entwistle's The Dead Assassin. Terrorist bombs are detonating around the Capitol and every foreigner is suspected of being an Anarchist lurking beneath a cape.

Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is summoned to the scene of a gruesome crime that has baffled and outraged Scotland Yard's best. A senior member of Her Majes
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Sean Gibson
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are a few things in life I have weird obsessions with (as opposed to normal obsessions, naturally—I don’t consider my fixation on chocolate to be out of the ordinary, for example, nor my love of pet rocks). Such things include holiday rituals (“Sorry, kids—I know you really want to eat gingerbread man cookies, but it’s September, and we can’t make those until December because, well, tradition, you know…if you eat them any other time of the year, they will literally melt your insides and th ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The year is 1895 and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is summoned to a horrendous crime scene where a senior member of Her Majesty's government has been murdered. The most baffling thing is that the killer seems to be one Charlie Higginbotham. But it's impossible for him to be the killer since he was hanged two weeks previously at Newgate Prison…

I wanted to like this book since I was quite happy when I was approved for this book a little while ago. But I just couldn't get into the story. It should be very
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Much darker than the first book. I was surprised at some of the shenanigans and goings-on. Definitely feels like a bit of an homage to Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Not what I'd call light reading at all.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Sarah-Hope
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A little over a year ago, I reviewed the first volume in Vaughn Entwistle’s Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series. Now, Entwistle is putting friends and co-investigators Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde back together again in a novel that opens with a great set-up. Charlie Higginbottom, a pickpocket, has brutally murdered one of the leading figures in Her Majesty’s government. What makes this a paranormal case? Well, Higginbottom had been hanged at Newgate Prison two weeks ...more
Joe
Jun 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Dead Assassin pairs up the unlikely crime-fighting duo of Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. Their self-appointed task, nothing less than saving and preserving the British realm and crown from a vast conspiracy. In over three hundred pages our heroes bumble through a lot of fog, grisly murders, a tumble in the Thames, the dark side of British Royalty, corrupt government officials, some romance, an orgy – not to be confused with the romance - Frankenstein monsters – even cheesy sound effects ...more
Linda
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

I love the concept of this series—Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde solve mysteries together. I enjoyed this one just as much as The Revenant of Thraxton Hall. This book was slightly less focused on the supernatural than the first, and included elements of steampunk.

Oscar’s outrageous manners contrast with Arthur’s classic gentlemanly deportment, and the overall effect is delightful. If you like your mysteries with a dash of horror, fantasy, or science fiction, you should give this a try. I h
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The Bookend Family
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
****
Will the sun set on the Empire?

About a year ago I read and reviewed The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle. It was the first book in a series called The Supernatural Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it essentially cast the Scottish author and creator of Sherlock Holmes in the role of his most famous creation, with his friend Oscar Wilde as a rather reluctant Watson. In that novel the two investigate the case of a medium who foresees her own death, and the mysterious mansio
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Ionia
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, "The Revenant of Thraxton Hall," and have been waiting for a new book to come out, so I was really excited when I got the chance to read this one.

After being warned that this book was a bit darker than the last, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I fell in love with it from the first page. This novel has everything you could want in a paranormal mystery. The descriptions of London were brilliant and the story took many unexpected turns. What impressed me th
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Joe Jones
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde are back in another supernatural mystery! This is the second book in the series and it is not necessary to have read the previous book. I loved the humor and banter between Arthur and Oscar as they tried to decipher the clues and solve another case. My only complaint is why, why, why did you have to do that thing near the end! No spoilers.

I was lucky to get an advanced readers copy of this book which comes out on June 9. Put it on your list of reads if you
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Conny
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the second book in the series, and since I had not read the first one I was a bit worried if I would be lost, but there was no such problem. The book is a mix of Steampunk, Paranormal and Agatha Christie, with an interesting plot line and lots of fog. I loved the characters and I felt it moved at a steady pace, with lots of action and some sexual situations, and I can't wait to find out what adventures will befall our t ...more
Doug Hinkle
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Steampunk Sherlock Holmsian mystery

Picture, if you will, a place where Frankenstine meets Sherlock Holmes with Oscar Wilde playing Dr. Watson. An enjoyable, if somewhat dark, romp through Victorian England!
Cups and Thoughts
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely teriffic! Love how the story is woven together! My review will be up on my blog!
Martha
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, arcs
(Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur for the ARC!)

Man, talk about a letdown. I was super-excited for this book; after all, it features writers solving crimes, a touch of Sherlock Holmes, a little steampunk London, a paranormal mystery...what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, chiefly, two things: overuse of "shock value" and mediocre writing. The book gets into some pretty graphic territory, with lewdness and violence around every corner, but like an overused exclamation point, an overdose of
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Chaitra
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Debra Borchert
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Entwistle writes about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde superbly! The author amazes me with his plot twists, interesting characters, and period details. There are so many interesting things I learn from his expert research both about the history and culture of the time. That research is woven in expertly and plunges me into not only the time but also the heart-pounding situations I find myself in. It is as if I am running right beside the characters. I also love being surprised by the humo ...more
Cynthia
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, and as entertaining as the first! I love anything to do with the paranormal, and this is great fun. My only "complaint" if you will, is that I can't stop thinking of how Oscar Wilde's life ended in such tragedy! His character does offer wit and charm to the novels, but I just wish the author had chosen someone who didn't die so hopelessly. Otherwise, as stated above and per the five-star rating, this is a page-turner and great fun!
AdiTurbo
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, and was not disappointed by this one. It is still very intelligent writing, a good reconstruction of the time and place, and great character building. Entwistle's Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle really come to life, and are quite believable. There's all the atmosphere, suspense and wit you can expect, and more. A treat.
Scott Dieterle
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series (which I discovered after I had already picked this up from my local library). I found this to be a fun story with an interesting fictional perspective on these authors' lives and adventures. The book does delve briefly into some dark areas which may be outside the tastes of some readers.
nikkia neil
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for arc.


Delightful duo! who would have thought this pair makes such hilarious reading. I laughed out loud so many times that my kids wanted to know what was so funny. Love it!
Rob Cohen
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one may actually have been better than the first one- for one thing, it took place all in London, which I loved. Also, cool bad guys, a little bit of the occult and some excellent descriptions of the time and place. The chapter on the execution at the prison was especially wonderful.
Rebecca
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A bit hard to get into, I found the novel to be a little more stagnant than the first in the series. I'll still continue to read his next books in the series as I feel that they can and will get better as he evolves as a writer.
Barb
I so loved the first book in this series and had high hopes that this one would be equally good. Sadly I didn't find the flavor of this one at all in keeping with the previous book. I have to categorize this as horror and I don't care for horror. I did love Oscar Wilde though.
Jenni Schell
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I flew through this book. It was fantastic. I haven't read the first in this series, but will be getting it. What a great read.
Amanda
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
A definite unfinished and not coming back to. Not been a big fan of the beginning, but when I reached the chapter that leads into a hundred pages, and seeing who the bad guy is, I'm done with this.
Andrea Johnston
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I was so excited about this book. I LOVE reading fictional stories with Oscar Wilde as a character (if this is true for you, please do yourself a favor and check out Giles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde mysteries). However, the way Wilde is portrayed in this work didn't ring true to me. And folks, I gave this book the old college try, I really did. I got about 3/4 of the way through before I finally gave up. I was extremely frustrated and disappointed that Entwistle decided to do a dis-service to Wilde ...more
Andrea
Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde team up to solve an intriguing murder mystery. A government official has been killed, except that the killer was executed two weeks ago.

Yay for famous historical figures moonlighting as sleuths! Entwistle employs a charming writing style that kept me hooked to the end. I enjoyed the strong genre blending of mystery, horror, and steampunk. There was some solid story-telling here too, as well as a proficient delivery of a good Victorian supernatural mystery. It w
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Janet
I loved this book. The plot is incredibly creative, the dialogue--especially Wilde's bon mots--crackles, and the pace gallops along at full speed. Gritty and full of London at its Victorian finest, this book might appeal to not only crime aficionados but those interested in anatomy, dark magic, and mechanical inventions. Be warned, however, this is not a book for those with delicate sensibilities. It gets pretty graphic in spots.
Lidia
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a different genre than I normally read. Looking forward to reading "The Revenant of Thraxton Hall".
Meg Harrison
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Less paranormal than one might be led to believe. Very steampunk, Wild Wild West meets V for Vendetta type book. I would read more in the series.
Anna Bergmark
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If the first installment in the series was a ghost story this is an eerie and bizarre steam punk nightmare. Very good! High paced, lots of atmosphere, Arthur Conan Doyle is likable as usual (and kind of sweet with his budding love affair) and Oscar Wilde takes a step forward, showing not just wit and over refined wimpyness, but actual guts.

Very nice time flavored, blood tainted and completely unbelievable, but somehow compelling entertainment. I could read many more of these paranormal casebooks
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Vaughn Entwistle is a British novelist who lives in the ancient cathedral city of Wells, Somerset.

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 on his lap, a Brittany ly
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