note! this book was on hold between February 14, 2016, and June 11, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
The perfect book for any person interested in Sherlock Holmes and/or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I first got into Sherlock Holmes through fanfiction. Not written fanfiction about Sherlock Holmes; I was researching fanfiction for a small uni paper and Sherlock Holmes came up. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to *spoilers* kill his detective, the public went crazy and came up with all sorts of theories and ideas as to how he could have survived the Reichenbach Fall (sound familiar?).
Then I started watching some of the movies and the Moffat&Gatiss tv-show (which is brilliant beyond imagining) and read some of the short stories. And that’s the road I’m continuing on with this one!
Now this book is written in an incredibly interesting and captivating way. It’s not like with most thick biography-like books where you feel like you can sort of skip a few lines and still get the picture – I actually tried to do that with this book on several instances and found that it was impossible. The text just draws you in and keeps you there – and you learn a heck of a lot about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his family and the phenomenon that they created.
However there are a lot of years to keep track of and as it is so full of details it can be a bit boring from time to time when the story moves to a part of the writer’s life or his family’s life that isn’t all that relevant – at least not if you’re not reading this for research. If you do then this is perfect!