The Dark Water The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes


The Dark Water The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes The third novel in an imaginative Victorian series narrated by the young Arthur Conan Doyle As the inspirational model for Sherlock Holmes the brilliant and eccentric Dr Bell properly takes charge of the cryptic codes that figure in this ingenious mystery Marilyn Stasio The New York Times Book Review Pirie's knowledge of Doyle's biography as well as of the Holmes canon makes him an intellectual treat and a downright guilty pleasure The Washington Post I was utterly hooked It's not just Thomas Harris; it's also Raymond Chandler and Arthur Conan Doyle himself All of these great writers are echoed in a way that is not merely wonderful and absolutely gripping but completely original The series has huge commercial potential Sarah Dunant #1 New York Times best selling author of In the Company of the Courtesan In a literary tour de force worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself author David Pirie brings his rich familiarity with both the Doyle biography and the Sherlock Holmes canon to a mystifying Victorian tale of vengeance and villainy The howling man on the heath a gothic asylum the walking dead the legendary witch of Dunwich perils lurk in every turn of the page throughout this ingenious novel as increasingly bizarre encounters challenge the deductive powers of young Doyle and his mentor the pioneering criminal investigator Dr Joseph Bell David Pirie is the author of two other critically praised novels featuring Arthur Conan Doyle The Patient's Eyes and The Night Calls He lives in Bath



10 thoughts on “The Dark Water The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

  1. says:

    The Dark Water is volume three in the series following Arthur Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell This series doesn't lend itself well to just dipping in so if you want to try it I recommend starting with The Patient's EyesA good mystery with satisfying twists and turns But the relationship between Doyle and Bell just didn't work for me It hasn't changed and grown since the first book There doesn't seem to much affection


  2. says:

    This book is not what I imagined but I have no complaints The title came up when I was trolling through a library catalog for books on Sherlock Holmes It's not about him nor is there any specific mention of him in the entire book On the other hand this is an action filled adventure staring Professor Dr Joseph Bell MD and Arthur Conan Doyle MD Who? do you ask? Bell is the real world archetype used to create Sherlock Hol


  3. says:

    The third Arthur Conan Doyle book and last? I'm inclined to say it's not a trilogy now but I can't find any information about future books online isn't as focused as the second one was Although the case that Bell and Doyle take on in a superstitious village is directly related to their search for the villain Cream it seems tangential until the end I've really enjoyed reading all three books but the strength in plotting and


  4. says:

    The novel is narrated as if by a Victorian gentleman called Arthur Conan Doyle and so the language may seem a little affected to readers of modern fiction It is however a very intriguing murder mystery with many gruesome murders committed as if for fun by the perpetrator The infamous narrator is helped by his side kick another famous doctor called Dr Bell from Edinburgh The chase the known murderer from Wiltshire to London an


  5. says:

    I had such high hopes for this book I have read other books with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character before and really enjoyed them I always think it is fun to see him put into situations like his creation Sherlock Holmes It kind of shows how an author pulls ideas from real life experiences That being said I just couldn’t get into this book It became a chore to read and I struggled to move through this My problem with t


  6. says:

    This is the third book in Pirie's series about Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell Unfortunately I haven't read the first book When I read the second book I thought it was mildly interesting and enjoyable but I wasn't really impressed Well either Mr Pirie greatly improved or I just didn't give his book sufficient attention because this novel was excellent Doyle and Bell in their Watson and Holmes roles continue to pursue the serial


  7. says:

    The end of game or was it merely the end game? This third volume of Murder Rooms trilogy keeps the reader as well the protagonists Dr Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle on a tight leash till the end with the shadow of Doyle's nemesis lurking at every unseen corner and unknown angle I have to admit that towards the end of the book the author had succeeded in making me rather paranoid and that had revealed a few things before their 'officia


  8. says:

    Plus minus Overall interesting plot and characters but the flow was somehow lacking Some of the classic holmes ian erratic movements were choppy than erratic Some of the conversation seemed stilted even for the time period There were intriguing elements but lack of overall cohesion Where Doyle is perhaps supposed to come across as intense he is merely melancholy to the point of being a bit annoying and blind Some elements were predictable Th


  9. says:

    Special Content only on my blog Strange and Random Happenstance during Sherlocked October December 2015Arthur Conan Doyle's nemesis has returned to England He and Dr Bell have made it their life's work to capture this man Dr Neill Cream and see him pay for his crimes not the least of which is murdering Elspeth Conan Doyle's fiance Yet Conan Doyle didn't expect Cream to strike first kidnapping the would be author and holding him hostage while heav


  10. says:

    This is the last of Pirie's trilogy featuring Dr Joseph Bell the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle It starts off where the second ends and it is so much like the second that at first one wonders if they may have read this one but no just a page or two and one knows it is a different book entirely Bell and Doyle continue on their uest to track down Cream a former fellow med student of Doyle's They take off to Dunwich a small seas


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About the Author: David Pirie

David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar nominated film Breaking the Waves David Pirie lives in Somerset