My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What would Sherlock do? When a prominent member of an elite American Sherlockian society is murdered at the convention, everyone’s buzzing about solving the crime. Newest member Harold White is hot on the trail, with the assistance of a sexy woman journalist. Sure, he wants justice to be served, but he also wants to locate the secret pages of diary written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
On the other hand, one hundred years earlier, Conan Doyle wants nothing more than to forget all about Holmes, the character he’s grown to detest. When someone sends him a letter bomb that destroys his study, Doyle, unhappy with Scotland Yard’s tepid response, heads out on the trail himself. With the assistance of friend and fellow writer Bram Stoker, he discovers and solves a serial killer case.
Graham Moore has skillfully juxtaposed the modern mystery with the historic one. Harold, of course, has all the new technological advantages, while Arthur lives in a simpler, more romantic age. Both tales are compelling, and great fun to read. Pure escapism, intelligently, humorously, and credibly presented.