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The Dark Water The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

The third novel in an imaginative Victorian series narrated by the young Arthur Conan Doyle As the inspirational model for Sherlock Holmes the brilliant and eccentric Dr Bell properly takes charge of the cryptic codes that figure in this ingenious mystery Marilyn Stasio The New York Times Book Review Pirie's knowledge of Doyle's biography as well as of the Holmes canon makes him an intellectual treat and a downright guilty pleasure The Washington Post I was utterly hooked It's not just Thomas Harr. The third Arthur Conan Doyle book and last I m inclined to say it s not a trilogy now but I can t find any information about future books online isn t as focused as the second one was Although the case that Bell and Doyle take on in a superstitious village is directly related to their search for the villain Cream it seems tangential until the end I ve really enjoyed reading all three books but the strength in plotting and pacing does seem to go up and down

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Is; it's also Raymond Chandler and Arthur Conan Doyle himself All of these great writers are echoed in a way that is not merely wonderful and absolutely gripping but completely original The series has huge commercial potential Sarah Dunant #1 New York Times best selling author of In the Company of the Courtesan In a literary tour de force worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself author David Pirie brings his rich familiarity with both the Doyle biography and the Sherlock Holmes canon to a mystifyi. This is the third book in Pirie s series about Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell Unfortunately I haven t read the first book When I read the second book I thought it was mildly interesting and enjoyable but I wasn t really impressed Well either Mr Pirie greatly improved or I just didn t give his book sufficient attention because this novel was excellent Doyle and Bell in their Watson and Holmes roles continue to pursue the serial killer who has haunted them for the last several years I really do not want to give too many details of the story away though so I won t offer any summary past thatI must comment on the writing however The author does an excellent job in creating a compelling and terror filled environment without detailed explanations Many or most authors writing this story would resolve to give long horrific descriptions of the terrible things that the serial killer who shall remain nameless has done However Pirie does an excellent job of setting a mood that allows him to communicate horror without unnecessary description It really is uite impressive And the story is so involving that upon finishing the book I was yelling and gesticulating for five minutes Excellent book The White Nights of Ramadan unnecessary description It really is The Black Ice Score (Parker, upon finishing the book I was yelling and gesticulating for five minutes Excellent book

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Ng Victorian tale of vengeance and villainy The howling man on the heath a gothic asylum the walking dead the legendary witch of Dunwich perils lurk in every turn of the page throughout this ingenious novel as increasingly bizarre encounters challenge the deductive powers of young Doyle and his mentor the pioneering criminal investigator Dr Joseph Bell David Pirie is the author of two other critically praised novels featuring Arthur Conan Doyle The Patient's Eyes and The Night Calls He lives in Ba. Special Content only on my blog Strange and Random Happenstance during Sherlocked October December 2015Arthur Conan Doyle s nemesis has returned to England He and Dr Bell have made it their life s work to capture this man Dr Neill Cream and see him pay for his crimes not the least of which is murdering Elspeth Conan Doyle s fiance Yet Conan Doyle didn t expect Cream to strike first kidnapping the would be author and holding him hostage while heavily drugged But Conan Doyle miraculously escapes and thanks to some help in the unlikeliest of places he reunites with Dr Bell in Edinburgh They retrace Cream s steps through England where he is using the name Dr Mere and realize that this murderous man is in desperate need of funds Dr Bell starts going over everything that Conan Doyle remembers of his incarceration and Cream s mention of the sea seems to coincide with a suspicious disappearance of a wealthy man in the town of Dunwich Sir Thomas Jefford had just inherited a house in Dunwich The Glebe when he disappeared His friends thought it was a joke but locals believe it is tied up in the legend of the Witch of Dunwich Heath which Jefford was planning on writing about Conan Doyle and Bell set out for this remote village on the Eastern Coast and slowly start to piece together what has happened But soon there are not just dealing with a disappearance but deaths Murder Can they separate facts from fiction and catch Cream before he has a chance to escape their grasp once Recently I was having a conversation with one of my friends about people who rate books on Goodreads when they haven t finished them We were in total accord that it s unfair to the book and the author To give a star rating that is factored into the overall rating for something you couldn t be bothered to finish skews the results You either finish the book and rate it or abandon it there is no middle ground This then morphed into a discussion on when do you give up on a book Do you give it fifty pages a hundred pages what When do you know in your gut that enough is enough When do you know that you can t make it to the end and have the satisfaction of adding your two cents on Goodreads I m a masochist because I can really count on one hand the number of books I have actually given up on I m in it for the long haul no matter what Rage reading incentives whatever it takes I WILL finish that book The reason I bring this up now other than the wacky serendipity that made these two events happen within days of each other is that if I was the type of person to actually give up on books well The Dark Water would have been abandoned early Yet you will notice that in the end I really liked it I mean I REALLY liked it So how long did it take for me to get into it 123 pages This just proves that there is no magical page number at which you should abandon hope A book with a disjointed and awkward start can click from one page to the next and become a true page turner Plus it s always nice to have your patience rewarded it s awkward when the book goes the other way ie to the dogs The Dark Water is actually the third book in David Pirie s series about Dr Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle While I didn t actually know this when I bought the book before reading it I looked up the summaries to the first two books The Patient s Eyes and The Night Calls and realized that they sounded very familiar See this series actually didn t start out as books but as a television show Murder Rooms therefore doing the opposite of most adaptations out there The Patient s Eyes was the first episode after the pilot while the pilot became The Night Calls While I think The Patient s Eyes is one of the strongest episodes the pilot isn t of the highest uality so I figured I d be safe just skipping to the new story Because that is what I was really excited about I was sad when Murder Rooms was cancelled and here with this book it felt like the axe hadn t fallen Yet upon starting The Dark Water there were all these mentions to things I hadn t heard about little stories that didn t line up with the show References or asides I just didn t get This could in fact be one of the reasons it took me 123 pages to get into the book It was just a weird experience like hearing a story you ve heard a hundred times but with key points changed for no perceptible reason I almost felt as if the books took place in a parallel dimension to the television series You knew enough about the world to get around but it was just that little bit off to be disconcerting Therefore given the chance to do this over I would read the first two books first because maybe it would make those first 123 pages interesting But then again I think not The reason those first 123 pages don t work is because of Cream Dr Thomas Neill Cream is an historically interesting person a Scottish Canadian serial killer known as the Lambeth Poisoner who tried to claim the victims of Jack the Ripper as his own So we have historical precedence of his evil deeds and ways But despite this book being fiction the sheer unlikelihood of his ever crossing paths with Conan Doyle nine years his junior let alone becoming his arch nemesis just strains credulity Add to that the whole lovelorn Conan Doyle who lost his first love at the hands of Cream and we re in absurd penny dreadful territory While there s a disconnect between the fictional Conan Doyle and the actual artistic license allows a little freedom but taking Cream and forcing him into the role of Moriarty to Conan Doyle s Holmes it just doesn t work And not just the fact that Bell is the true Holmes of this narrative It s fun seeing the little hints of how life became fictionalized in Conan Doyle s stories but this is too heavy handed Too obvious Cream is taking Moriarty too far especially at the end Subtlety is needed to make this conceit believable Subtlety and just enough reality Cream is too over the top Too theatrical His kidnapping of Conan Doyle and holding him hostage is so overly dramatic and also tedious that it bogs down the first two sections of the book It s not until Cream disappears offstage that the book starts to work If it wasn t for Cream this could be a near perfect book but alas it isn t Also is there anyone else that thinks the name Cream doesn t inspire terrorGetting beyond Cream and into the history of the small English town of Dunwich captivated me Dunwich is a small coastal town on the eastern coast of England that was mentioned in the Doomsday book Much of the town has been lost to coastal erosion and now lives under the sea They have stories that you can still hear the bells of the churches under the water calling you This locale brought with it the haunting atmosphere that made The Hound of the Baskervilles so memorable and easily Conan Doyle s greatest story in the Sherlock Holmes canon There s something about desolate and bleak settings that just up the Gothic impact of a mystery and make me all the invested in it It s the haunting landscape of Cornwall coupled with her writing that makes Daphne Du Maurier so memorable Her writing wouldn t have had the same impact set anywhere else Plus she had a symbiotic relationship between her and the land that makes me think if it wasn t for Cornwall who knows if she would ever have really written anything memorable That is what Dunwich does for The Dark Water The town becomes a reflection of the story and becomes a character in it s own right The treacherous walks along the cliffs where even holy landmarks to God were destroyed by the forces of nature sends a frisson of excitement through me just thinking about it again The wind and the rain which might be a detriment anywhere else here become a real danger Now I m not saying I ever want to go there but the way this book transported me there it feels like I ve already beenYet Dunwich wouldn t have had the impact unless it was coupled with the mythology and folklore that surround the town and not just the ghostly bells The way The Wylde Hunt at Dunwich and the Witch of Dunwich Heath not only added an otherworldly element to the story but spread fear and cleverly concealed the real killer is the beating heart of this book I have always been fascinated by the idea that Fairy Tales may be real and that mythology and folklore must have some basis in fact I love how Dr Bell instantly sees through these scare tactics such as the howling man roaming the moors but realizes the importance of these stories and the effect they will have on the surrounding community if they are believed He works backward from the stories that have survived knowing that they have a grounding in reality He is able to find how seemingly impossible deaths were accomplished by using the truth within the story But it s not just the ability to use these stories to catch a killer but the stories themselves that give you a glimpse into the past You get a mini history of this small community through their folktales Regional folktales are the way history has been passed down through the generations You learn about an area and it s past from it s stories than from some staid history written to set the record straight Plus let us not forget that in his old age Conan Doyle set store in fairies and folklore than in his own writing Fairy Tales are just history and mystery coming together and in this instance they are used to catch a killer

10 thoughts on “The Dark Water The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

  1. says:

    The Dark Water is volume three in the series following Arthur Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell This series doesn't lend itself well to just dipping i

  2. says:

    This book is not what I imagined but I have no complaints The title came up when I was trolling through a library catalog for books o

  3. says:

    The third Arthur Conan Doyle book and last? I'm inclined to say it's not a trilogy now but I can't find any information about future books online isn't as focused as the second one was Although the case that Bell and Doyle take on in a superstitious village is directly related to their search for the villain Cream it seems tangential until the end I've really enjoyed reading all three books but the strength in plotting and pacing

  4. says:

    The novel is narrated as if by a Victorian gentleman called Arthur Conan Doyle and so the language may seem a little affected to readers of modern fiction It is however a very intriguing murder mystery with many gruesome murders committed as if for fun by the perpetrator The infamous narrator is helped by his sid

  5. says:

    I had such high hopes for this book I have read other books with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character before and r

  6. says:

    This is the third book in Pirie's series about Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell Unfortunately I haven't read the first book When I read the second book I thought it was mildly interesting and enjoyable but I wasn't really impre

  7. says:

    The end of game or was it merely the end game? This third volume of Murder Rooms trilogy keeps the reader as well the protagonists Dr Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle on a tight leash till the end with the shadow of Doyle's nemesis lurking at every unseen corner and unknown angle I have to admit that towards t

  8. says:

    Plus minus Overall interesting plot and characters but the flow was somehow lacking Some of the classic holmes ian erratic movements were choppy than erratic Some of the conversation seemed stilted even for the time period There were intriguing elements but lack of overall cohesion Where Doyle is perhaps suppos

  9. says:

    Special Content only on my blog Strange and Random Happenstance during Sherlocked October December 2015Arthur Conan Doyle

  10. says:

    This is the last of Pirie's trilogy featuring Dr Joseph Bell the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Con

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