Then in 1901, just as abru ...more
following since the late 1800's. Enjoy the book everyone....The game's afoot!!!(less)
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
This dual-timeline mystery was inspired by real life events. When Sherlock Holmes' creator - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - died in 1930, some of his papers vanished. The missing items included letters, incomplete stories, and a volume of his diary - in which he was wont to record details of his life.
Example of a page from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's diary
'The Sherlockian' alternates between 2010 - when a Sherlock Holmes expert claims to have discovered the lost diary, and the late 1800s - when ...more
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
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
I enjoyed Moore's writing style. Especially how he seamlessly jumped between the early 20th Century and the second decade of the 21st Century.
If you are a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle it is a fun read based on facts from his life. Also, Bram Stoker makes an appearance in this story.
It is a wonderful read and worth re-visiting as my reading record shows. ...more
The characters are universally unlikable, the intertwining plots rather boring, and the solution downright disappointing.
In timeline one, Harold tries to solve the murder of a well-known Sherlockian and discover the location of Arthur Conan Doyle's missing journal. I rather despised Harold. He has a habit of making comments I find cringe-worthy. Fo ...more
Whatever - to the book. It ...more
It's supposed to be about larger themes, but I don't feel the book ever really gelled. It's an interesting concept, but I don't think the execution was there. ...more
'"Oi," said the taller workman. "That's it, then."
"I'd say so," replied the other.
"Lord, but it's ...more
Graham Moore's "The Sherlockian" feels a bit like a fictional exploration of that question. In one storyline, ...more
I have always loved Graham Moore's books, well he has written only two and I have found immense pleasure reading both. The second book wasThe Last Days of Night which was another 5 starrer for me.
“Amazing, really, to think of what a man could achieve with the simple ability to put pen to paper and spin a decent yarn.”
In 1900, Arthur Conan Doyle was writing serious literature as he had killed his most hated creation "Sherlock holmes" almost 8 years ago. Though there was pressure fro ...more
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
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
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
There is an ingenious plot at the center of The Sherlockian combined with two parallel story lines. In the present day, during a meeting of some very serious Sherlock Holmes buffs - the Sherlockians - one of their own is found dead in his hotel room. The victim scheduled to present a long lost diary of Arthur Conan Doyle's - a holy grail of sorts for this crowd. The newest and youngest Sherlockian - a researcher for the film industry - takes it upon himself to solve this crime. The ...more
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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.
His first two novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages.