Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Reichenbach Problem (Reichenbach Trilogy #1) By Martin Allison Booth

About the book:
Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much-needed holiday, Doyle escapes to a picturesque village in Switzerland nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbach Falls. There he hopes to find anonymity, but even in this beautiful rural setting, peace eludes him when he finds himself immediately recognized and involved in the investigation of the mysterious death of a fellow traveler.

All too soon, Doyle's somewhat unwilling, gentle probing into the case causes the finger of suspicion to turn toward him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? As Doyle learns more and more about the famous character he penned, he finds he is less like Sherlock and more like his sidekick, Watson. Can the "sidekick" see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?

Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers since he first burst into fiction, over one hundred years ago. In this novel, the first in a trilogy, we meet his author and discover the difficult relationship between them.

My review:
Sherlock Holmes has been a favorite since I was eight and brought home a thick collection of stories when visiting a bookstore with my aunt. As a devoted fan of the original series I was leery of THE REICHENBACH PROBLEM. But as an equally devoted fan of the BBC series Sherlock the title caught my attention (if you have seen the conclusion to Sherlock season 2 you will understand why). And when I saw how brilliant the cover was I knew I had to read this book (yes, I do judge books by their covers). So I did. What a treat this 368 page volume is! This story comes from a unique perspective, that of Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes' creator. Fed up with the fame of being the author of the popular character Conan Doyle heads to the Alps for two weeks of relaxation away from it all. Before he even arrives at his mountain resort he encounters the oddest of characters, Holloway, who follows him to his mountain resort and turns out to be just the beginning of Conan Doyle's problems. A body is found at the bottom of the famous Reichenbach falls. A man claims to be the embodiment of Sherlock Holmes. A hotel full of suspects. A suspicious friar. The language and writing style of The Reichenbach Problem is delight to read. The setting is enchanting. The story is engaging with twists and turns to keep you guessing. Thoroughly enjoyed The Reichenbach Problem and I cannot wait to the next in the trilogy!

About the author: After a successful career at the BBC and ITV, as a script writer, editor and then Commissioning executive, Martin Allison Booth worked for OFCOM before training as an Anglican priest. He has been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since childhood.

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DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of THE REICHENBACH PROBLEM from KREGEL in exchange for an honest review.

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