The Sherlockian by Graham MooreThe Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Sherlockian

byGraham Moore

Hardcover | November 30, 2010

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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 "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem,” he resurrected him. Though he kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, it was discovered that one of his journals from the interim period was missing, and it has never been found. Or has it?

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the pre-eminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he is about to be thrust into the hunt for the holy grail of Sherlockians: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold, using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories, who takes up the search, both for the diary and the killer.

GRAHAM MOORE is a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University, where he received his degree in religious history. He was born and raised in Chicago, the son of a criminal defence attorney and a political lawyer. He read his first Agatha Christie novel in grade two and has been obsessed with mystery fiction ever since. He currently live...
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Title:The SherlockianFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.35 × 6.35 × 1.2 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:067006520X

ISBN - 13:9780670065202

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book #plumreview I bought this book a few months ago at the recommendation of a gentlemen working at the store. I was a little hesitant but after beginning the book I truly fell in love. It took me three days to read it all and I could read it again and still love the book! I strongly recommend it as it was beautifully written and the story flowed seamlessly together! Truly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody. Told my brother he should read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sherlock Fans Rejoice If you love reading Sherlock Holmes books by ACD , you will enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great historical fiction with a Sherlock Holmes flavour A well-written, cleverly conceived and highly entertaining book with two mysteries for the price of one. Historical fiction, Victorian era, or Sherlock Holmes fans should enjoy this. 1893: Arthur Conan Doyle, sick to death of Sherlock Holmes and the way the fictional character seems to have taken over his entire life, gleefully kills the detective in a final installment of The Strand magazine. Despite an uproar from the public, from his publishers, and even from his own mother, Doyle refuses to even discuss why he did it, nor will he consider any pleas to bring back Holmes in new stories. But then eight years later, and again without explanation, he DOES bring Holmes back. As a committed diarist, everyone assumed that the reasons behind the return of Holmes would be explained by the diary of that period of Doyle's life. But that diary was found to be missing, and was never found . . .? 2010: As the newest member of the Baker Street Irregulars, Harold White is thrilled to be attending the yearly Sherlockian convention. In particular this year, when, in addition to his induction to the society, the foremost Holmes scholar has announced that he has found the missing Doyle diary, and will present it at the convention. But when the man is found dead and the diary is not found, Harold decides to investigate. After all, with his wealth of knowledge about Holmes and his methods, surely it will be elementary to figure out what happened, and find the diary? This is a double story, set along parallel times, one following Conan Doyle during the events taking place during the the period of the missing diary, and the present day investigations of somewhat geeky Harold as he tries to emulate his hero Holmes and solve the biggest mystery - in the Sherlockian world anyway! - of all time. The author does an excellent job of keeping both stories moving along smartly and uses alternating chapters of past and present to keep the reader glued to the two stories. I didn't want to stop reading because every chapter paused the one story, but the next went straight on with the other story. Luckily this is a very fast and easy read. The author also did a very good job at combining history with fiction, as the author's note at the end explains. The book really felt like it could have been what actually happened, and the use of real historical characters was done effectively, so if you are familiar with Conan Doyle's or Bram Stoker's lives [they both figure prominently in the past era storyline] you will recognize that the author knows them and presented them accurately and entertainingly. You don't have to be a Holmes-a-phile to enjoy this book. Although the spectre of Holmes is hovering around in the background, the story - the past one anyway - is really much more focused on Conan Doyle's life and story. The past storyline does a good job of capturing and portraying the era Doyle lived in, and how things happen is enjoyable. The present-day story as well is entertaining and exciting, with intriguing characters thrown into situations they are hardly equipped to deal with, particularly poor Harold. But he manfully dives in, determined to emulate the great Holmes and it is endearing to follow along as he stumbles and bumbles his way through trying to use logic to solve the mystery. Overall a very enjoyable read, which combines murder, mystery, history and suspense in a clever and creative dual story. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No surprises, nicely written No surprises in that book because you know almost from the start who did it. But it's nicely written and Sherlock Holmes fan will like it a lot.
Date published: 2011-01-08

Editorial Reviews

"It must be said of Graham Moore that he has his methods. Ingenious and amusing ones, too. You will enjoy their elucidation even if you are not a committed Sherlockian. The game's afoot!" - Christopher Hitchens, author"The Sherlockian is a brilliantly executed must-read for all admirers of historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes and intellectual mysteries. Engrossing, suspenseful and fast-paced, this debut novel manages to be both highly original as well as deeply reverential to its literary sources. It's difficult to find a new spin on Sherlock Holmes, but Graham Moore has pulled it off with flying colors." - Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club"What irresistible fun! As the literary intrigue deepens, with Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and some brainy Sherlock Holmes buffs as partners in crime, you don't have to be Holmes to deduce that The Sherlockian is a serpentine delight." - Rupert Holmes, Edgar-award winning creator of The Mystery of Edwin Drood"The problem with Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories is that there aren't enough of them. Fans try to fill the gap with spin-offs, some of which work better than others. This engaging riff on the familiar themes by first-novelist Moore is one of the best ... Moore spins his tale in prose that shifts easily from exposition to pathos to sly comedy ... Mystery fans should love the mix of historical fiction and contemporary puzzle-solving. And Sherlockians? Try keeping them away." - Booklist (starred review)