In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes–adoring Londoners eagerly open their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective’s next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, has killed their hero off. London spirals into mourning—crowds sport black armbands in grief—and rail against Conan Doyle as his assassin.
Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had “murdered” Holmes in “The Final Problem,” he resurrects him. Though the writer keeps detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explains this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period is found 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.
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