The Dark Water by David Pirie
The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

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The more I read of The Dark Water, the more I’m reminded of the BBC’s Sherlock. I highly recommend this book to any Sherlockian who eagerly awaits the return of the hit show; with only three 90-minute episodes in each of its seasons thus far…
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Before there was Sherlock Holmes, there was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle justly earned his place in literary history with his series of stories and novels chronicling the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. In David Pirie’s homage to the great author, Doyle’s life has far more than a passing resemblance to that of the great detective. Still, what is less known is that Holmes was actually based on a friend of Doyle’s, Dr. Joseph Bell. In The Dark Water, Doyle and Bell encounter a series of Victorian vagabonds and specters, from Thomas Neill Cream, a malicious criminal mastermind, to the Dunwich witch, a seventeenth-century legend that has taken on new life in a sleepy seaside town. The Dark Water displays Pirie’s reverence for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Holmes canon as his characters deduce their way through a world familiar to any Holmes reader.
 

About David Pirie

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David Pirie is a true man of letters. Journalist and film critic, screenwriter and novelist, he is the author of two other critically acclaimed novels featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, The Patient's Eyes and The Night Calls. He lives in Bath.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Pegasus Classics. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Dec 23 2012

The more I read of The Dark Water, the more I’m reminded of the BBC’s Sherlock. I highly recommend this book to any Sherlockian who eagerly awaits the return of the hit show; with only three 90-minute episodes in each of its seasons thus far…

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