Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore is a historical mystery novel that centers around a modern-day Sherlock Holmes enthusiast named Harold White. Harold stumbles upon a real-life murder that he must solve by thinking like Holmes. The book alternates between two perspectives, one focusing on Arthur Conan Doyle as he works out his hate-love relationship with the famous character he created.

The main themes of the book are the need for resolution, the thrill of investigation, and the power of story to transform humans into something larger than themselves. The book also explores the emotional difference between real life and what transpires between the pages of a book.

Useful takeaways from the book include approaching problems with a blank mind, taking a multidisciplinary approach to learning, being selective about what you believe, ensuring you aren’t blinded by your discoveries, and understanding that knowledge and education can backfire.

What I Liked

Really fun novel. I love how so many authors are re-inventing Sherlock Holmes now that it’s in the Public Domain.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – great novel.

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