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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Pirie Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2002 ISBN: 9781415911662
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As a young medical student in Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, studied under the pioneering, forensic scientist Dr. Joseph Bell. Taking this fact as a starting point, David Pirie weaves a compelling thriller which partners Bell and Doyle as they investigate crime in the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running beneath the civilized surface of the Victorian era.

The Patient’s Eyes moves from Edinburgh to Southsea where Doyle begins his first medical practice. He’s puzzled by his patient Heather Grace’s strange eye condition. Heather’s parents died tragically several years earlier, and she’s upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed. When Doyle gets embroiled in more dangerous events, he asks for Bell’s intervention. But Bell is more interested in the patient’s eyes, and the solitary cyclist, than the murder of a rich Spanish businessman.


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  • Writer David Pirie has crafted a clever blend of historical evidence and fiction in the grand manner of a traditional Holmes mystery. Variety

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumnmoon | 7/27/2013

    " Not the best re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes I've ever read, but it was atmospheric and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/13/2012

    " Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, and maybe real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, are the main characters in this novel. It is Doyle writing his memories of meeting Dr. Bell and one of their earlier adventures. I thought the story was very atmospheric and the ending totally surprised me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 7/16/2012

    " Fascinating mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle ... but there are a lot of loose threads left ... a cliff hanger ... ready for part two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete Aldin | 12/10/2011

    " Close but no cigar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 8/20/2011

    " This was a nice little mystery, though I'm sure I would've gotten more out of it if I had read any Sherlock Holmes, or at least seen the movie, but it was still good with an ending I didn't see coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Marett | 6/14/2011

    " I really liked this book. Sherlock Holmes is my guy so my standards are pretty high. Interesting take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his relationship with Doctor Bell (the supposed mentor for Sherlock.) Twist at the end caught me off guard too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 5/30/2011

    " This was a nice little mystery, though I'm sure I would've gotten more out of it if I had read any Sherlock Holmes, or at least seen the movie, but it was still good with an ending I didn't see coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumnmoon | 10/19/2010

    " Not the best re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes I've ever read, but it was atmospheric and satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.R. | 7/23/2009

    " There have been many attempts to emulate Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales—some better than others, none quite up to the original.

    David Pirie, a screenwriter, has approached the subject from another angle. See my complete review on Amazon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 F Tessa | 1/28/2009

    " Fascinating mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle ... but there are a lot of loose threads left ... a cliff hanger ... ready for part two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/26/2008

    " Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, and maybe real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, are the main characters in this novel. It is Doyle writing his memories of meeting Dr. Bell and one of their earlier adventures. I thought the story was very atmospheric and the ending totally surprised me. "

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About the Author

David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter. Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar-nominated film Breaking the Waves. David Pirie lives in Somerset. The Patient’s Eyes is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.