Monday, November 20, 2023

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore


I've had The Sherlockian by Graham Moore in my 'to be read' pile for a decade or longer. I finally listened to the unabridged audio version of The Sherlockian by Graham Moore and narrated by Steven Crossley this month. Listening time for The Sherlockian is 11 hours, 43 minutes.

I really enjoyed The Sherlockian quite a bit! In fact, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The narration was great and it made the storyline pop even more. The Sherlockian is a combination mystery/thriller, contemporary and historical fiction read. So, if you like these genres and are also a Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan, then this read may definitely be the one for you!

I enjoyed the alternating timelines featuring contemporary day juxtaposed with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's time in alternating chapters. As readers, we follow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life as well as modern day, where main character, Harold White, is trying to find out where Doyle's lost diary is located and solving a murder among other things. Lots of twists and turns make for an interesting read.

The ending for this novel answered many questions. But I still felt some things were lacking in the wrap up of The Sherlockian

I don't know if Graham Moore has written any other novels. I could check, but I think I will take a pass. As much as I enjoyed The Sherlockian and the writing within its pages, I'm not hankering to read another novel by the author.

Below is the publisher's summary for The Sherlockian by Graham Moore I discovered on Chirp's website:
Hurtling from present day New York to Victorian London, The Sherlockian weaves the history of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into an inspired and entertaining double mystery that proves to be anything but “elementary.” 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.
I am giving The Sherlockian by Graham Moore a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. This sounded familiar to me so I looked back at my reviews and sure enough! Way back in 2011 I had read and reviewed it. Here is the link to that review:

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment + a link to your review.

  2. Ooh...this does sound good. I think I'd really like this one. :D

    1. Yes, it is a good read. It sounds like Dorothy Borders enjoyed it as much as I did!