When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is murdered, it is Harold who takes up the search, both for the ...
When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is murdered, it is Harold who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.
Our neighborhood book group, the Mystery Book Club, read Sherlockian for a meeting just this week. We found the format (1900 events versus 2010 events in the ensuing chapters) choppy, to say the least. One of our members gave up and just read all the chapters pertaining to the 1900-1901 events, then went back and read all the events from modern times. We saw artificiality in the sudden bloom of romance between Harold and Sarah, and the concept that someone would commit suicide for the purpose of provoking a reaction/scandal from among Arthur Conan Doyle fans at their convention in the Algonquin in New York.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-04 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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