Friday, October 18, 2013

The Reichenbach Problem (The Reichenbach Trilogy #1) by Martin Allison Booth

Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much needed holiday, Doyle flees to a picturesque village in Switzerland nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbach Falls. There he hopes to find anonymity, but even in this beautiful rural setting, peace eludes him when he finds himself immediately recognized by a fan who pressures him into looking into the death of a fellow visitor.

All too soon, Doyle’s somewhat unwilling gentle probing into the case begins to cause the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? Although able to pen the character of Sherlock, he soon begins to learn he does not share his leading creation’s characteristics, but rather Watson’s. Can the “sidekick” see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?

A sublime twist on the Sherlock Holme's mysterys with Arthru Conan Doyle the protagnoist in this page-turning mystery.  On a holiday Doyle gets sucked into a local murder investigation.  The problems arise though when those surrounding him expect Doyle to act as his creation, Sherlock Holmes.  Offputting and disappointing, not only does Doyle learn something about himself, but he carries on and continues to put his best into solving the whodunnit.

The Reichenbach Problem is a clean story with the main premise dramatic mystery.  It was a unique take on the author Doyle and the mystery was elusive, the clues dropped that I seemed to miss.  If you enjoy mysteries, Arthur Conan Doyle  or just want to pick up a quick read for the weekend, The Reichenbach Problem might be what you're looking for.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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