The Sherlockian – Graham Moore

The Sherlockian – Graham Moore


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.

My Thoughts

This was an enjoyable read! I loved every moment of it, I could barely put it down! This book embodies the very essence of a classic mystery – cunning, deep thought, and tact. And of course, one must stay exactly one step ahead of everyone else.

What made this book so different from other mysteries is the jump between timelines. Not only do we see the unraveling of a modern day mystery surrounding Arthur Conan Doyle, but we see the mystery transpire itself as we follow Conan Doyle himself in the midst of it all!

Any Doyle fans or Agatha Christie fans will surely enjoy this just as much as I did!


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 22, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Sherlockian – Graham Moore”

  1. Awesome! My next post was going to be a review of this book. I loved every minute of it, this book is definitely a great gift for any bibliophiles that you know!

  2. I bought this book over the weekend and I look forward to reading it.

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