The Sherlockian opens with the latest Sherlock Holmes story appearing in Strand magazine and fans of the famed detective are in for a shock. Arthur Coyan Doyle has ended the life of his famed detective.
Jumping ahead more than a hundred years lawyer and fellow Baker Street Irregular member Harold White has arrived for the latest conference, at a local hotel, to hear fellow member Alex Cale reveal details of the long lost Doyle diary and what it has to say in connection to Sherlock Holmes. Only the morning Cale is meant to speak he does not show up. Concerned Harold along with two others go with the hotel manager to Cale’s room and enter it to find him dead.
From there novel shifts gears to the past and Doyle finding out first hand the ire of his fans. However, despite the harsh feelings Doyle feels a great weight is off shoulders until a letter bomb arrives at his home. Shaken and very angry Doyle sets out to find the culprit. Together with his friend and theater owner Bran Stoker, the two men set out to solve not only this mystery but also must solve who is killing young brides.
Graham artfully shifts between this narrative and Cale’s search to not only figure out who murdered Cale but also if the long lost diary is in fact real. I have read other books featuring Doyle as the character and I can add this one to the “like” list. I enjoyed Sherlokian and hope to find another book by Moore in my local library.
The Sherlockian – a historical fiction & mystery novel
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