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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 ReviewPirie 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 PostI was utterly hooked It s not just Thomas Harris 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,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 mystifying 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 BellDavid 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 Bath

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

  1. Ariadne Oliver Ariadne Oliver 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 in, so if you want to try it I recommend starting with The Patient s Eyes.A good mystery with satisfying twists and t

  2. Mike Mike 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 on Sherlock Holmes It s not about him, nor is there any specific mention of him in the entire book On the other hand, this is an act

  3. Brooke Brooke 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

  4. Alma Alma 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 ofmodern fiction It is, however, a very intriguing murder mystery with many gruesome murders committed as if for fun by the perpetrator

  5. Chris Chris 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 really enjoyed them I always think it is fun to see him put into situations like his creation Sherlock Holmes It kind of shows how an author pulls ideas fro

  6. Kevin Kevin 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 impressed Well, either Mr Pirie greatly improved, o

  7. Riju Ganguly Riju Ganguly 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

  8. Cate Cate says:

    Plus minus Overall, interesting plot and characters, but the flow was somehow lacking Some of the classic holmes ian erratic movements werechoppy than erratic Some of the conversation seemed stilted, even for the time period There were intriguing elements, but lack of overall cohesion Whe

  9. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) says:

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

  10. Phaedra221 Phaedra221 says:

    This is the last of Pirie s trilogy featuring Dr Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle It starts off where the second ends, and it is so much like the second, that at first one wonders if they may have read this one, but no, just a page or twoand one knows it is

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