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When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he expects good sherry and stimulating conversation. He receives a bonus: the world's leading expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle announces that he's found the author's fabled missing diary. But when the man is found murdered in his hotel room — it is Harold who must take up the search: both for the killer, and for the invaluable missing diary. With only his immense knowledge of the Doylean canon — and the help of a beautiful young journalist — Harold embarks on a dangerous translatlantic investigation, making deductions worthy of his literary idol. At the same time, author Graham Moore tells the story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, a story which his remained hidden in Conan Doyle's missing diary for a hundred years. In an attempt to prove himself the better of his most famous character, Conan Doyle hunts a serial killer through the streets of 1890's London. But what he finds is that in a world of real crime, and real evil, the world does not need Arthur Conan Doyle — the world needs Sherlock Holmes.

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"Moore's debut cleverly sets an accidental investigator on the track of an old document within the world of Sherlock Holmes buffs, though the results may please those with only a superficial knowledge of the great detective. In January 2010, Harold White, 'a freelance literary researcher' who helps defend Hollywood studios against claims of copyright infringement, is inducted into the pre-eminent Sherlockian society, the Baker Street Irregulars, at their annual New York City dinner. During the festivities, scholar Alex Cale plans to present a long-lost diary penned by Arthur Conan Doyle that he's discovered, but someone strangles Cale before he can do so. Doyle's great-grandson hires White to solve the murder and trace the diary, which is missing from Cale's hotel room. Chapters alternate between White's amateur sleuthing in Europe and Doyle's own account of his search for a serial killer, aided by Dracula creator Bram Stoker. Admirers of similar efforts by Anthony Boucher, H. Paul Jeffers, and Arthur Lewis will find this falls short of their standard. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"Moore cleverly alternates his chapters between White's story in the present and Conan Doyle's activities in the fall of 1900....Moore's fiction provides a shrewd take on the noted author and his legendary scion." Kirkus Reviews

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"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." (Starred Review) Booklist

Review:

"This debut literary thriller...weaves together two very different perspectives and time periods....but Moore does an excellent job of making his characters and settings feel real." School Library Journal

Review:

"The Sherlockian is a superb entertainment....For mystery lovers, this book is a treat. For Sherlock Holmes lovers, it is indispensible." Huffington Post

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Graham Moore is a graduate of Columbia University, where he received his degree in Religious History. He was born and raised in Chicago, the son of a criminal defense attorney and a political lawyer. He read his first Agatha Christie novel in second grade and has been obsessed with suspense fiction ever since. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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kindredspirit, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by kindredspirit)
In the present day a new Baker Street Irregular becomes a Sherlock Holmes with a woman reporter as his Watson. In alternating chapters the author switches to Arthur Conan Doyle, who after killing off his owner character, also becomes a Holmes with Bram Stoker (Dracula) as his Watson. A wonderful book to curl up with and have a cuppa tea.


























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Gracie, August 31, 2011 (view all comments by Gracie)
I'm so behind in my reviews, so it's time to catch up with the brilliant historical fiction mystery, The Sherlockian. The title alone tells you that there's some detective work to be done here, and it's a finely crafted mise-en-abyme plot that keeps you guessing. It's a mystery wrapped in a puzzle inside an enigma.

Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, has left behind a legacy. There are not only fans but organizations devoted to the study of the great detective. People dress in costume, play games in quotes, and revel in the foggy atmosphere of the late nineteenth century. Conan Doyle also left behind a diary. Or, most of a diary. There's a volume missing. It chronicles the events of the fall of 1900 and is an irresistible conundrum for the Sherlockian scholars.

One such scholar, Alex Cale, claims to have found the diary, and in doing so creates another mystery. Before he can publicly reveal his discoveries, he is found dead in his hotel room--and the diary is missing once more.

The newest member of the prestigious Baker Street Irregulars, who'd seen Alex Cale looking nervous the night before, is compelled to take on the case. Socially awkward, deerstalker-cap-wearing Harold White wants to know who committed the murder, but more than that he wants to find the diary. He wants to walk in Holmes's footsteps, using his methods of deduction, to find out who killed Cale and what is in the missing tome.

Author Graham Moore juxtaposes Harold's search with chapters detailing the events of that missing book, following Conan Doyle as he tries to solve several murders of his own. Both Harold and Conan Doyle look to Holmes for help. The question is, can they solve real-life murders that aren't plotted out for the "penny dreadfuls"?

They follow clues around London a hundred years apart, each accompanied by a Watson of their own. For Harold, it's a not-so-trustworthy reporter named Sarah, who seems to have more invested in investigation than just a story. For Conan Doyle, it's his friend and fellow author Bram Stoker, who seems to be more familiar with the seedy East End than he'd care to admit. As each pair gets closer to the truth, they have to remember that even if they get what they want, they might not want what they get. Does Conan Doyle, practically dragged into the quest, really want to see where it leads? Does he want to follow the methods of his creation, a character he'd come to detest so much that he's killed him off? And does Harold truly want to find out what happened that fall?

I won't spoil it. And Neither will Moore. He furthers each mystery in step with the other. The plots becomes an intricate web of twists and turns as Harold and Conan Doyle get closer to the truth. It's a brilliant tale of intrigues and "vile treacheries" imbued with literary tradition and Victorian style brought into the modern age. A true pleasure to read.
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seattlezib, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by seattlezib)
Great read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446572590
Author:
Moore, Graham
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moore's debut cleverly sets an accidental investigator on the track of an old document within the world of Sherlock Holmes buffs, though the results may please those with only a superficial knowledge of the great detective. In January 2010, Harold White, 'a freelance literary researcher' who helps defend Hollywood studios against claims of copyright infringement, is inducted into the pre-eminent Sherlockian society, the Baker Street Irregulars, at their annual New York City dinner. During the festivities, scholar Alex Cale plans to present a long-lost diary penned by Arthur Conan Doyle that he's discovered, but someone strangles Cale before he can do so. Doyle's great-grandson hires White to solve the murder and trace the diary, which is missing from Cale's hotel room. Chapters alternate between White's amateur sleuthing in Europe and Doyle's own account of his search for a serial killer, aided by Dracula creator Bram Stoker. Admirers of similar efforts by Anthony Boucher, H. Paul Jeffers, and Arthur Lewis will find this falls short of their standard. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Moore cleverly alternates his chapters between White's story in the present and Conan Doyle's activities in the fall of 1900....Moore's fiction provides a shrewd take on the noted author and his legendary scion."
"Review" by , "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." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "This debut literary thriller...weaves together two very different perspectives and time periods....but Moore does an excellent job of making his characters and settings feel real."
"Review" by , "The Sherlockian is a superb entertainment....For mystery lovers, this book is a treat. For Sherlock Holmes lovers, it is indispensible."
"Synopsis" by , 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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