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The Sherlockian

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  15,546 ratings  ·  1,971 reviews
In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

Then in 1901, just as abru
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Twelve (first published November 30th 2010)
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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 d…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)

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Grace Tjan
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok

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
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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
A recent discovery of Graham Moore and the historical fiction he pens drew me to this book, which mixes mysteries of a similar nature from two time periods. Harold White is a Sherlockian, someone with a vast knowledge and interest in all things relating to the famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Gathering with a number of his fellow Sherlockians at an event in New York City, Harold has come to hear news about a recently uncovered diary belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The purported ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

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
James Thane
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Elisha Condie
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this is the second time I have read this. I vaguely remember reading it the first time.

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.
I acknowledge my rating might come from a place of disappointed expectations...but seriously, y'all. WHAT IS WITH ALL THE HIGH RATINGS ON THIS BOOK?!
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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2016 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
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started this book yesterday. I'll rate it when I've finished, but I'm already amazed at the number of solecisms. Typical of a book by an American author who hasn't done his research. By page 58 I've noticed these. A letter to Conan Doyle as Holmes asking him to find 'our cat called Sherry-Ann'. I cannot imagine such a name for a cat in Victorian England. In 20th century Poughkeepsie maybe. Then CD sits down in Simpsons to eat his 'kidney pie'. No you loon. It's 'steak and kidney'. Then worst of ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-owned, mystery
4.5 rounding up.
All I'll say is don't go into this thinking that Arthur Conan Doyle is a super great guy and that he'll be a total hero. He'll be a semi-good hero when it finally motivates him.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A story of two pieces. Arthur Conan Doyle, bored with writing Sherlock Holmes is going to try to kill him off with the infamous Last Bow, while a pair of Sherlockians search for the fabled missing Sherlock Holmes manuscript.

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.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, mystery
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,
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favourites

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
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Stephanie Ricker
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Good grief, this book was terrible. Why in the world does it have so many good reviews? Such awkward dialogue! Such bland characters! Such nonsensical actions committed by these oatmeal bowls of mush. This is sloppy mystery writing x 2: neither plot line (the one taking place in Doyle's day and the one taking place in the modern day) is plausible or even interesting, and the "solutions" at the end don't account fully for the previous events. I would've stopped reading, but I had this on audioboo ...more
"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
Diane S ☔
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. It was great reading old frineds again, Doyle and his Sherlock. Stoker and his Dracula and Wilde after Dorian Gray and his fall from grace.
I really need half stars on this one, Goodreads.

[3.5 stars]
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
“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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Alayne Bushey
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller

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
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
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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.

His first two novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages.


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