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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 abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.

Or has it?

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: 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 for the killer.

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Graham Moore is a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University, where he received his degree in Religious History. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Edward M Sills, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Edward M Sills)
In this highly entertaining first novel, Sherlock Holmes fans and first-timers alike get a rollicking mystery and a meta-view of the obsessiveness of the most avid students of the Holmes stories. A surprise for those of us not totally versed in "The Canon" and the long-running takeoffs, commentaries and controversies it has spawned is an afterword linking real-life events to the take-off point of the book.
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hirokermit, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by hirokermit)
At first glance one might assume this is a read for mystery fans, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans in particular; and while it is that, it also encompasses the time and place Doyle lived, seemlessly wedding historical and factual information with a fictional narrative. I enjoyed learning about the secret (and previously unknown to me) world of Doylians and Sherlockians - an impressive example of an author's creation taking on a life of its own.

While I did like the story itself, the real find for me is first time author Graham Moore. His use of language is so natural and beautiful - he's a born writer who could apply his talents to any genre. I'm already checking the shelves for what he might dream up next.
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mazerlodge, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by mazerlodge)
Not just another Sherlock knock-off, this book mixes two story lines and neither claims to be a lost recounting of Sherlock Holmes.

The first storyline is set in the period of Conan Doyle’s life (1890’s) and follows Doyle, not Holmes, at the time when he was planning to kill off of Sherlock Holmes. Through this book the reader relives the days leading up to the story published as “The Final Problem” in 1893. The book recounts the resulting real life outcry at the death of Holmes and interweaves a fictitious investigation by Doyle with his real life friend, Bram Stoker (yes, the Bram Stoker of Dracula fame). Through the narrative we get the impression this period of Doyle’s life is important to a (real life?) missing Conan Doyle diary, and perhaps could explain why Conan Doyle resurrected Sherlock Holmes in 1901.

The second story line is set in present day and tracks our hero, Harold White, a newly initiated member of a prestigious Sherlockian society, The Baker Street Irregulars. His mission: Find the lost Conan Doyle diary. Harold is motivated by the murder of one of his Sherlockian peers who was expected to announce the discovery of the missing diary.

Mixing the occasional fact with a lot of fiction fabric makes for a fun quilt of reading entertainment. You don’t need to know Sherlock Holmes stories to appreciate this book. It may inspire some new fans as well as encourage the rereading of a few for people who have been through the stories before.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446572583
Author:
Moore, Graham
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Publication Date:
20111121
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.67 lb

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