The Reichenbach ProblemMartin Allison Booth
Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Sherlock Holmes’ popularity has taken over his life and he sees only one solution - to kill the great detective off. To do this, Doyle flees to Switzerland, to a picturesque village nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbac... Read More
All too soon, Doyle finds the finger of suspicion is pointing at him as the locals unite against the famous writer. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? And is it possible that the character has influenced him too much?
Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers ever since he first burst into fiction, over one hundred years ago. In The Reichenbach Problem, the first novel in the Reichenbach Trilogy, author Martin Allison Booth explores the story of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes and discovers the difficult relationship between them.
Page Count: 368
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 1, 2013
- UPC: 9781782640165
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- Good Story by dgottreu on 10/18/2013
The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth was a good read but not quite a five star book. Conan Doyle is taking a two week vacation in a small, peaceful town in Switzerland where the Reichenbach Falls are located. Doyle hopes to come to terms with his fame and the impact that fame has on his life as the author of the Sherlock Holmes books. He has more or less come to greatly dislike Holmes and is thinking of writing one more book to kill off the detective. In Zurich, a fellow passenger by the name of Holloway strikes up a conversation with Doyle and from that time on seems to dog every step that Doyle takes. Shortly after the men arrive at their destination, a fellow tourist turns up dead at the Falls and Holloway insists that he and Doyle must investigate and solve the murder or prove that it was an accident and not murder. Doyle’s hope for peace and quiet are completely destroyed when he is accused of being the murderer. To make matters even worse, Holloway believes that the spirit of Sherlock Holmes is now living in him.
For the first two hundred pages of the book I had trouble making myself continue to read. In my opinion there was just too much dialogue and not enough action. In addition, the author’s use of words such as escritoire for a desk was rather distracting for me. When I finally reached page two hundred and one, the story began to get very interesting and I sat up until the wee hours of the morning to finish. If the first two hundred pages had been reduced to about one hundred and added to the last one hundred, then it could have been a five star book. One thing in the book that really bothered me was that Doyle would go off on a two week vacation and leave his young child and pregnant wife at home alone. And Doyle’s reaction to two of the women in the story was upsetting since he kept saying that he deeply loved his wife. All through the story I kept wondering why the local police did not investigate the death of the tourist. My favorite character in the story was Father Vernon for he seemed to be the only character who was what he said he was, and I certainly agreed with his opinion on the séance. I do not want to appear completely negative about the book for it was well written with no grammatical errors which detract from a story, at least in my opinion. Booth appears to be very knowledgeable about Conan Doyle and it would be nice to know which scenes he fictionalized. I thoroughly enjoyed all the mystery in the book and the author skillfully brought all the subplots together at the end of the book. Near the end of the book, Doyle said of himself, “I was disgusted with myself; with my prejudices, my presumptions, my insensitivity, my cruelty and my weakness.” The author did a very good job in making me as the reader feel that same way about Doyle. But at least by the end of the story he seemed to have changed for the better.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery books written by British authors.
Kregel Publications provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- A GOOD MYSTERY READ! by NARITA on 10/18/2013
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes books, I must applaud Mr. Booth on his amazing ability to capture the personality and writing style of the real Arthur Conan Doyle. I felt like I WAS reading Sherlock Holmes.
Fame has proven more than Arthur Conan Doyle can handle so he decides to take a vacation in hopes of finding his family a new home where his celebrity status will not be under such scrutiny. He heads to Switzerland to the peaceful little town of Reichenbach Falls. His grand expectations of an escape into anonymity and peace are shattered when Richard Holloway must share his railroad car and recognizes him. Doyle is annoyed yet polite to his unwanted guest assuming that upon arrival they will go their separate ways. Once the train arrives, Holloway attaches himself to the leery author and even declares them friends to everyone.
Not long after his arrival a man is found dead and it is unknown if he is fell or pushed off a precipice. Pushed by Holloway to investigate the murder, Doyle finds himself being the prime suspect! Father Vernon, the local priest, is very helpful and caring in supporting Doyle, but could he possibly be withholding information?
The writing was rich in detail and description. Not just in what he saw, but also his opinions and perceptions of events and people. A wonderful mystery!
I received this book free from Kregel Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- A Good Read by Amanda on 10/15/2013
This look at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is extremely interesting. Forced to look at his own literary creation and how, if he were to actually meet Holmes, how they would view and react to each other was the satisfying premise of this book.
Well written with just the right amount of detail, Mr. Booth takes us on a most interesting and thought-provoking ride into the psyche of what Doyle might have actually been like - as well as Holmes.
Doyle is a well-mannered gentleman who has the unfortunance to be hounded by the fan - or the fanatic - Holloway who haunts his every step on his much needed vacation away from the pressures of not only his celebrity status, but also of Holmes. Unable to accomplish either, he is unwillingly swept into investigating the death of poor Mr. Brown.
Written much like Doyle's Holmes stories, I found this book to be satisfying in almost every aspect. From the scenery to the end. I would recommend this to those who loved the Holmes stories.
*I received a complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required they be positive.*
- Not my cup of tea by Sarah on 10/14/2013
The Reichenbach Problem is the first book in the Reichenbach Trilogy. Martin Allison Booth spins a fictional tale of Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes’s creator. Doyle is overwhelmed by the changes that have occurred in his life due to the fame of his Holmes mysteries. Therefore he is now seeking peace in the mountains of Switzerland. However, that will not be! Instead, a death occurs, Doyle is basically forced into investigating, and then it seems like everything that could go wrong does for him!
We are introduced at the beginning of the book to Richard Holloway, who became a sort of leach to Doyle. He is an odd character that just seemed to rub me the wrong way. Honestly, I actually hoped he might be on the receiving end of this murder mystery, but he stayed full of life!! And yet he never gained any of my sympathy! Now Father Vernon was my favorite character in this book. He provided a balance to the craziness of the death, the other characters, and events, like a séance. He also gave so much effort, as in possible self-sacrificial, to help a stranger.
I was excited to start this series - my family is definitely mystery fans! However, I found it very slow in action until the last maybe 1/3 of the book. And what was lacking in action was made up for how much we heard from Doyle - in thoughts and words. Also, there seemed to be so much going on with all the characters that I found it hard to remember who was who. It just seemed like there was so much people drama that was pointless to the story (or at least to the story that was advertised on the back). In addition, there was an issue with a man’s sexuality that came out in the open during the story and caused a family problem that went throughout the book. (The way that Doyle figured out this was much too random?!) I wasn’t expecting this issue handled this way in a book that is published by a Christian publisher.
I don’t know?!... I find it very unpleasant to be so hard on any person’s creation. However, I do want to be honest, because that is what is required of a book reviewer or actually any reader because we invest our time, which is precious and limited, in each book we choose to read. I don’t plan to continue reading this series.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.