The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth (Review)
My Thoughts: This book was hard to get into, a very very slow starting book, I often found myself having to flip back over to sort out characters. I did feel a bit confused by the many characters involved in the story, and was often lost about who was who. I do want to say, while touted and published as a Christian fiction book, there is not a strong faith story here. I will say I did enjoy the last half of the book once I got into the meat of the story.
Pros: I love Arthur Conan Doyle, the setting was great, and the mystery was good, once you got to it.
Cons: Too many characters, the seance was not needed to further the story, the Francesca side story was totally out of character.
Over all I give this book a 3 star rating. There is a good story in the book, you just have to sort through a lot of other stuff to find it.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Thank you Suspense Zone for making this book available to me for review.
About the Book:
Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much needed holiday, Doyle flees to a picturesque village in Switzerland nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbach Falls. There he hopes to find anonymity, but even in this beautiful rural setting, peace eludes him when he finds himself immediately recognized by a fan who pressures him into looking into the death of a fellow visitor.
All too soon, Doyle’s somewhat unwilling gentle probing into the case begins to cause the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? Although able to pen the character of Sherlock, he soon begins to learn he does not share his leading creation’s characteristics, but rather Watson’s. Can the “sidekick” see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?
Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers ever since he first burst into fiction, over one hundred years ago. In this novel, the first in a trilogy, we meet his author and discover the difficult relationship between them.