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Summer Book Club Series: The Sherlockian

Twelve Books

"Elementary", there was never such a more provoking word. A term that in its five tight dribbling of precise syllables told you that you were, and still are terribly mistaken, that in your solution, which you had probably thought was rather fetching, and ingenious was actually a world compromised of acute... misgivings.

You are correct. I am being too obtuse in my condescenion and Holmes would not approve. Elementary is a famed term, made more famous by the fictitious (I hear the Sherlockians gasp in horror at my jargon) man who spoke the word than truly the word itself. Maybe it was his canter- the way he knew everything about a person by the "cut of his shirt", or the band missing from their left digit, or maybe it was his uncanny but completely reliable arrogance for being just one step ahead of even the most brilliant minds. Maybe we were captivated by the mold of a beautiful bromance sculpted for us to have characters emulate for the rest of time (Lethal Weapon: Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, Miami Vice Crockett and Tubbs...dare I say Tom Sawyer needed Huck Finn?).

If you are interested in mystery, a double mystery to be precise with a side of historical fiction then you will have a feast with this novel The Sherlockian. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, partially because I am related to the Doyle's, whether or not I am related to Sir Arthur is still to be determined, but because of this I had a very strong interest in reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a young kid. This novel is no exception.

A short synopsis? This novel follows Arthur and his close companion Bram (The author of Dracula) on a real case involving the death of a young woman who was a part of the woman's suffragist movement in the late 1800s. The novel also follows a present day mystery, through the eyes of Harold one of the youngest members of The Sherlockians (A real group of real people who spend their real time devoted to everything Sherlock Holmes. They consist of published writers on the various aspects of the literary body of work. The reader follows Harold as he tries to solve the mystery over a missing Arthur Conan Doyle artifact, which was found, but then lost again after its founder was presumably murdered. I don't want to give too much away, but if you're a true Sherlockian you would have seen that coming from page one so, no worries.

"The game's afoot!", so join in and read this undeniably accurate, yet also fictional dual mystery. Let me know if this novel kept you guessing, like it did me, all the way to the last page. If you want to check out more about the author, or the unique publishing company Twelve Books click the link below the picture of the novel.

This novel was a 10/10 for me, and I would suggest it to anyone who loves to read, loves Sherlock Holmes, and loves knowing the reason why.

Stay Lovely...

And Read!


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Dusk & Rubies

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