You've heard of the 3R's. Now we have the 3P's....pacing, ploys and a polished plot (maybe that's 4 P's). At any rate THE SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore possesses the 3 P's and more (no pun intended). This dual narrative, while almost erudite in its approach, nonetheless engages the reader with chapters alternating between a modern-day member of the Baker Street Irregulars named Harold White and Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Harold, accompanied by an alluring female named Sarah, is investigating the death of a colleague AND attempting to locate a missing diary written by Conan Doyle while in every other chapter we follow Doyle and his BFF, Bram Stoker (he of Dracula fame) through the streets of Victorian London as they search for the identity of the person committing a series of gruesome murders as well as the culprit who had sent Doyle a mail bomb containing the message ELEMENTARY. Both of these sets of spirited partners echo the Holmes and Watson relationship as they search for solutions not only to their respective mysteries, but to answers to problems in their own individual lives.
While not every aspect of this book is perfect, it does manage to strike a good balance between historical fact and the clever scenarios born in the writer's imagination. Even if you have never been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Moore's debut novel makes you want to delve deeper into mysteries that surrounded the life of his creator.