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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. (Quelle:'Flexibler Einband/26.11.2010')

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    The Sherlockian

    Valkyrie Kane

    20. January 2013 um 12:01

    December 1893: Arthur Conan Doyle gives up writing Sherlock Holmes (at least for eight years) and gets involved with solving a mystery, but despite him being a devoted diary-keeper, the diary for that time period ist missing nowadays. January 2010: A young member of the Baker Street Irregulars (an organization devoted to everything Sherlock Holmes) gets involved with the murder of another member of the Baker Street Irregulars, who had claimed to have found Arthur Conan Doyle’s missing diary. One really should think a book like that is thrilling and interesting. It is. Up to a point. For starters, the book is written in chapters that alternate between 1893 and 2010 – which interrupts the reading flow every fucking time considerably. Once you’re really into the events of 1893, you’ll get ripped right out again, only to be re-situated with (a way more boring) 2010. That pissed me off to no end. (Next time I stumble across a book written like that, I’ll either let it be or I’ll try reading first all the 1896 chapters and then all the 2010 chapters, mystery-solving in order be damned!) Then… I don’t know what Graham Moore intended to do with his main character Harold White. I expect he should’ve come across as some kind of “adorable nerd”. What he DID come across as was highly annoying. Not exactly a Gary Stu, but not far off, either. Graham Moore wrote in his Author’s Note that “Harold, in this novel, is a composite of a number of real-life Sherlockians – all of whom, I can assure you, outshine Harold in both brilliance and social grace”. If that’s the case, then I really, REALLY would have liked him to make Harold more likable. I don’t care for the brilliance bit, because he’s smart(ass-y) enough as he is, but it would have been great to have a character I actually like and could relate to. And the storyline of 2010 was… well, not incredibly dull, but also not really exciting. At least not for me. Yes, there were chasings and clues and riddles and research, but for some reason it never really “gripped” me. Sometimes I just thought, “Yeah. And now THAT happens, too. Of course. What else?” It’s not exactly that it was predictable or anything, it was just that so many… “unbelievable” (and I use that word fully aware that we’re moving in the world of fiction) things happened already, that it was a bit too much to add yet another one right on top. It just didn’t sit well with me. The Arthur Conan Doyle storyline was more interesting, but I have to say, I didn’t like Arthur Conan Doyle, either. I mean, I totally understood that he hated that people thought that Sherlock Holmes was real and that everyone (and their mother) gave him a hard time about having let Sherlock die, but the way Graham Moore has written him: he was an arse. About many things. Especially about his friendship with Bram Stoker, whom he constantly belittles in his thoughts (that only we readers can read, of course). How can he call himself a friend when he hold so little regard for Bram? Seriously. Morals and society of that time aside, when I’m friends with someone, I take them as they come. I don’t have to agree with everything they do or say, but I would never not respect them or their opinions – not even in my head. (And speaking of morals: how can somebody still sit on this high a horse when he’s an adulterer? Or at least very close to cheating on his dying wife?) The murder mystery (1893) is interesting, the missing diary mystery (2010) is a little less so, and I didn’t like the characters much, so for me this wasn’t a great read. But it was okay. At least I wanted to know how it ended, so I kept on reading. That’s something, I suppose. The most interesting thing in this book was – for me – the Author’s note at the very end, where Graham Moore kindly disentangles facts from fiction and gives some pointers for further readings, if someone’s interested in the lives of Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker or in the real story of ACD’s missing diary (and papers).

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