The Sherlockian

By Graham Moore
(Twelve, Paperback, 9780446572583, 356pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.


Or has it?

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold - using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories - who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.




About the Author
Graham Moore worked as a professional photographer before becoming a whisky writer and began his first book, Malt Whisky: A Contemporary Guide, as a project to photograph Scotland's distilleries, an interest sparked on a family holiday to Speyside at the age of 17. A second book followed, Malt Whisky: A Taste of Scotland, during the writing of which Graham amassed a collection of tasting notes covering a wide range of Scotland's single malts. Expanded to include malts from Ireland and the new distilleries in Wales and England they are collected here. Graham and his wife Jill, to whom this guide is dedicated, live near York and have visited every malt whisky distillery in Scotland!
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