At the beginning of the month, I introduced The Dahlia Scene Book Club, and I’m excited to say that I not only finished the book but I started a second one. Whoo hoo! We all knew I was going to do that though, because I wouldn’t want to let ya’ll down in the review department. Don’t worry I didn’t lose too much sleep for it. I still get a lot of reading done while I nurse, etc…
The Sherlockian was a book recommended by my MIL, and it just so happened that I got a really great deal on it through an Amazon sale one day. The appeal was immediate. I’ll admit that I haven’t read a lot of Sherlock Holmes, but I gather I’d like it. Of course I’ll admit to not having read a lot of the classics that people love so dearly, but I’m working on it. I’m just a little bit slow to get there ya’ll.
Let me just start by saying if you like detective stories and historical fiction then you’ve hit the jackpot with this one. I honestly didn’t think I liked historical fiction until I found The Paris Wife, and I realized that when done well I love it. The Sherlockian was no exception. The characters in the book were either easy to identify or easy to identify with from the very beginning. You see the story is centered around 2 mysteries that require reasoned investigation. The first being the murder of a member of a group of Sherlock Holmes fanatics and the other being one that Arthur Conan Doyle is investigating himself. The work goes between the two cases splitting them one chapter new and one chapter old along the way. At the end of each chapter, you are left wanting to finish the plot line but not angry. I would describe it as eager to get the next bit of information rather than frustrated.
The story follows a logical plot line. Deduction of the facts is the way to solve each crime. You are always using Sherlock Holmes methods, and you are also always slightly in the dark. The brilliance of the entire thing is that the answer is always right under your nose, but you don’t always put it together much like I’ve heard is true about the Holmes novels themselves.
I don’t want to give away the plot for those of you who haven’t read it yet. Did you get a chance to read it? What did you think?
I gave this book 4 stars.