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Baskerville

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Dartmoor, 1900. Two friends are roaming the moors: Arthur Conan Doyle--who has recently killed off his most popular creation, Sherlock Holmes; and Bertram Fletcher Robinson--Holmes aficionado and editor of the Daily Express. They are researching a detective novel, a collaboration starring a new hero, set in the eerie stillness of ancient West Country moorland. London, 1902. The Hound of the Baskervilles is published, featuring Sherlock Holmes back from the dead. Conan Doyle and Fletcher Robinson have not spoken for two years and the book is credited to just one author. It will become on of the most famous stories ever written. But who really wrote it? And what really happened on the moors, to drive the two friends apart?
Publisher: New York :, Marble Arch Press,, 2013.
Edition: First Marble Arch Press trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781476730233
1476730237
Branch Call Number: FIC OCON
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm

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sharkmaw
Feb 25, 2014

I enjoyed this novel right up until its mystifying conclusion, when it ends abruptly with a sociopolitical intrusion that seems completely out of place to me. And I'm puzzled, as the conjuring of the time, Conan Doyle and the bleak, moody atmosphere of Dartmoor is successful, compelling and evocative. But the ending left me feeling betrayed, angry and even stupid. Clearly, I completely missed whatever point the author was trying to convey. That's not to say it's poorly written; it's not. But if you're looking for a "rip-roaring" (as one critic has it) fictional account relating why Doyle decided to 'resurrect' Sherlock Holmes, be warned; the ending may leave you sputtering in consternation. It certainly did me! Unsatisfying, to say the least.

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