The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
If all the books I read in 2011 are as good as this one, it’s going to be a great year for reading! Even if you aren’t a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you can’t help but be swept up in the modern and Victorian storylines that intertwine throughout the story.
In the present, a noted Sherlockian scholar is found dead in his hotel room as he’s supposed to be giving a speech regarding the contents of the lost diary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the Irregulars (a noted Sherlockian group). The diary is nowhere to be found. So starts the search for the diary, and a murderer, by another member and fellow Sherlockian scholar. In Victorian times we discover the contents of the missing diary, the diary Doyle wrote in the months prior to his resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, a character that he despised. The tale involving Doyle, his good friend Bram Stoker, and murder is an interesting idea indeed. While the tale is fictional there is enough truth here to peak your imagination and wonder if it could all be real. (Helpfully, the author separates fact from fiction at the end of the tale.)
If you enjoy mysteries that unfold in the past and present, well-plotted twisty tales and psychological reasoning you will enjoy joining these Sherlockians for a while.