I received a copy of THE REICHENBACK PROBLEM, book one of the Reichenback Trilogy, by Martin Allison Booth from Lion Fiction via Kregel. The book is, in one word, a treat. Think murder mystery meets history. The story follows the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he tries, in a way, to escape from Mr. Sherlock Holmes, his own fame. He goes to Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, where he encounters the murder of a tourist, rather than the soul redeeming peace he’d craved. I love stories that mix history with fiction, and I’ve never read a book about Conan Doyle before.
Conan Doyle wrote the famous Sherlock Holmes, but can he solve a mystery himself? The stakes raise when the people think he did the murder. Whenever I read a mystery, I can never figure out who did it until the answer is revealed at the end. The same thing happened with this book, but it made it a fast page-turner. The writing contained Old World elegance that reminded me of the real Sherlock Holmes novels, which I read with my mother years ago back in high school. I passed this book onto her now that I’m done with it.
I highly recommend this to fans of mysteries, histories, and, of course, Sherlock Holmes fanatics! No true love of Sherlock Holmes can be complete without delving into the creator’s mind.