The Sherlockian by Graham Moore is a modern twist on the classic mystery novel created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He never liked creating the tales of Sherlock Holmes so loved by his readers, and would rather move on to more interesting writing from his point of view. He saw it as far too simple writing and eventually grew to hate his own character, Holmes. In fact he killed off the hero Holmes in one of his books. The odd thing is that after a few years he came back and wrote Holmes back to life. Why? Nobody really knows. Those years have been lost, a very odd thing for a person that wrote in his diary
In modern times a different mystery is brewing regarding that very diary, the one that has gone missing all these years. Someone has found it, but when that someone turns up dead we fall into a Holmes like mystery of our own. In fact a man named Harold White, who wears the signature deerstalker cap of a Sherlock Holmes Devotee. He has just been inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars, the very top of Sherlock Holmes fan groups. He begins to investigate the clues in the way he has learned from the greatest, Sherlock Holmes. The adventure that follows for him is as grand as it is full of twists and turns. Graham Moore leads his reader through a modern Sherlock Holmes tale in a way eerily reminiscent of Doyle’s own writing.
What about that time back when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote Holmes back to life? Graham Moore tells that tale in a very imaginative way as well. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has a mystery of his own on his hands, a real one that will keep him on his toes. Will the truth be exposed explaining the reason for bringing his most hated character back to life? Will the diary be found? Will Doyle solve his own mystery? It is this web of mystery and intrigue on multiple levels that kept me on edge, turning page after page of this marvelous tribute to the creator of the mystery novel. Who will forget Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or his creation of Sherlock Holmes after this? I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good thriller or mystery novel, and to those that don’t, you have to read this anyway. It is that good!
Review title provided courtesy of Grand Central Publishing