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A Little Bit Different,
This review is from: The Baskerville Legacy: A Novel (Hardcover)
John O'Connell's new book may be relatively short, but don't be put off by its brevity. Weaving a tale based partly on fact, and a lot of fiction here is the supposed collaboration between Bertram Fletcher Robinson, and Arthur Conan Doyle on the ever popular book 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', in Fletcher's own words.
Fletcher meets Doyle on a ship coming back form the Boer War and they get chatting. This leads to Doyle buying a plot off of Fletcher for a story, which will later become the famous 'Norwood Builder' tale of Sherlock Holmes, and then a proposal from Doyle for a collaboration for a story. Fletcher thinks Doyle is just being polite initially but Doyle is perfectly serious. Thus after meeting again and coming up with a skeleton of a tale they meet again on Dartmoor to begin some research. But are things what Fletcher is expecting? As Doyle tries to manipulate Fletcher into doing his bidding, Fletcher is suffering from withdrawal symptoms, and things don't go according to plan.
There are appendices to this story as well as an afterword, which you have to read if you do not know anything about the real events.