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The Patient’s Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes(Murder Rooms cycle, book 1)

By David Pirie

The Patient’s Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes(Murder Rooms cycle, book 1)

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Started reading:
2011-05-18 08:41:06
Finished reading:
2011-05-22 15:07:28

Review

Rating: 6

Based on Arthur Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell, this mystery is a mix of historical events with Holmesian adventures. It manages to keep the tone and pace of the latter, while maintaining a believability and feel for the era that rings true. Very much in the vein of modern Sherlock Holmes, such as some of the psychological aspects of The Seven-Percent Solution or the historical novels by Peter Tremayne. Some of the passages of time seem a little drawn out so that the mystery verges on becoming a set of disconnected vignettes, though the ending is fairly satisfying and dark. A portion of the book is taken up with mention of events previous, making the reader feel like there was another book prior to this when, in fact, the events referred to are recounted in the second book, The Night Calls, though the way Doyle’s interactions with Doctor Bell are recounted in the later stages of this mystery don’t quite ring true with his interactions that must have occurred while Doyle was still in Edinburgh.

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