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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Moore Narrator: James Langton, Steven Crossley Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A well-written, fast-paced, and completely engaging homage to legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle.”

    Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “It must be said of Graham Moore that he has his methods. Ingenious and amusing ones, too. You will enjoy their elucidation even if you are not a committed Sherlockian. The game’s afoot!”

    Christopher Hitchens, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ambitious…The mystery is gripping, and Moore has a feel for the transitional nature of Conan Doyle’s era.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Thanks to the sly self-awareness that keeps The Sherlockian smart and agile, it’s possible to enjoy this book’s laughable affectations and still be seduced by them…The Sherlockian manages to make a journey from the ridiculous…to the sublime. And it is anchored by Mr. Moore’s self-evident love of the rules that shape good mystery fiction.” 

    New York Times

  • “Moore is well-steeped in Holmes lore but savvy enough as a writer to keep the reader’s interest with the parallel, and eventually intersecting, plots.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[An] exemplary weaving of historical fact and fiction.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The tales of Conan Doyle and White, told in alternating chapters, make up The Sherlockian, Graham Moore’s entertaining debut novel. Both mysteries are well crafted, with gratifying and amusing nods toward the conflation of Conan Doyle and his most famous literary creation…exemplary weaving of historical fact and fiction…This is a novel clearly written with great affection, not just for Conan Doyle and Holmes, but their twenty-first-century fans as well.”

    Associated Press

  • “The problem with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories is that there aren’t enough of them. Fans try to fill the gap with spin-offs, some of which work better than others. This engaging riff on the familiar themes by first-novelist Moore is one of the best…Moore spins his tale in prose that shifts easily from exposition to pathos to sly comedy…Mystery fans should love the mix of historical fiction and contemporary puzzle-solving. And Sherlockians? Try keeping them away.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2010
  • A 2011 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/18/2014

    " Two plots that link together and are not confusing. Both keep the reader interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/12/2014

    " Not really worth the time to write a review... or to read for that matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dorinda | 2/10/2014

    " Contemporary story involving Sherlock "scholar" solving mystery with puzzle about Conan Doyle based in fact turned out not to be gimicky and quite entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/6/2014

    " The Sherlockian is a very good piece of historical detective fiction. The book follows two parallel stories (one in the present day and another involving Conan Doyle during Sherlock Holmes' hiatus). I thought the story involving Doyle was much better than the present day story following a Sherlockian looking for Doyle's lost diary. In my opinion, Moore develops Conan Doyle much better than Harold, the present day protagonist. The ending was a little anti-climatic but the book was solid throughout. I do wonder what the Arthur Conan Doyle estate thinks of the book as it does not paint Arthur Conan Doyle or his descendants in a very positive light. "

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