- Series: Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 25, 2014)
- ISBN-10: 1250035007
- Source: Publisher
Arthur Conan Doyle is the most hated man in London after he kills off the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem.” When he is invited to come to a meeting of the Society for Psychical Research in a manor house in the English countryside, he willingly accepts the excuse to get out of the city. He’s not there merely to participate in the meeting, but to prevent a murder. The intended victim: the lady of the house, Hope Thraxton. A medium herself, Lady Thraxton has predicted that her own demise will take place during a seance at the manor.
Joining Doyle on this journey is his good friend, Oscar Wilde. Together, they must painstakingly ob the observe guests at Thraxton Hall, narrowing down the suspects in an attempt to identify the killer before the murder can transpire. Aided by his fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, Doyle soon comes to terms with the fact that things are not necessarily always as they seem.
I was immediately taken when read the premise of this novel. I’ve been a long time fan of all things Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. Be forewarned, however…Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have as big a part in this novel as fans would hope. His presence is just enough to serve as a reminder of his existence and Doyle’s inability to separate himself with his renowned and loved character.
That said, there is still much to love and appreciate about this first book in a new series. Doyle and Wilde’s witty banter is one of them. Doyle is living the life he created for his character, Sherlock Holmes, and does so quite willingly. He uses the skills of deduction so prominently used by Holmes. Wilde, on the other hand, is quite the character. He seems more concerned about the well-being of his wardrobe than of Doyle and the others. While some might find this to be annoying, I think it added a bit of humor to their already unusual friendship.
The paranormal aspect of this novel was also quite enticing. It didn’t monopolize the storyline, it simply added a new level of fear to an already chilling scenario.
I’m excited to see that this novel is the first in a new series. While the “whodunit” aspect isn’t all that difficult to figure out, I think The Revenant of Thraxton Hall is evidence of great potential in this new series. Recommended to fans of good, old fashioned mystery (with a touch of the paranormal)!