Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: "The Sherlockian" by Graham Moore

The SherlockianThe Sherlockian by Graham Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I began "The Sherlockian" by Graham Moore with no idea about the story, and I ended with a new author on my "To Read" list. The story follows two threads in time - one in 2010 and one around 1900. The main character in the present is Harold White, the newest member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes fan club. The main character in the past is Arthur Conan Doyle (before his knighthood). The author connects the threads with a lost diary - Harold White and others want to find this diary, and Arthur Conan Doyle is living through the time period covered in the diary.

Normally, I am not a fan of multiple viewpoints in a story, but Moore pulls this one off with style and finesse. The reader feels both in the loop, since we are reading the events that Harold wants to learn about, and out of the loop, since we don't know where we are going. The style is similar to a Sherlock Holmes mystery, only Harold White plays both Holmes and Watson.

I strongly recommend this book both to Sherlock Holmes fans, mystery fans, and people who enjoy a well told story.

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