The Patients Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (Murder Rooms)
When the impoverished young Arthur Doyle opens his first medical practice, he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before. Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom bicyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed. This enigma, however, is soon overshadowed as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events-including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman-that call for the advice of the eminent Dr Bell.
But despite coming to Doyle's aid, Dr Bell dismisses the murder of Senor Garcia as a rather unimportant diversion from the incident which Bell considers to have real criminal implications: the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclist. David Pirie gained rave reviews for his screenplay depicting the "real" Sherlock Holmes, Dr. It's not as Holmsey as you think, it's more uh Doylinian and Belian I made that up on the fly but it's got Holmes sprinkled in with it.
Props to the author for taking a different route then the lousy, burned crispy pastiche, but then again, some parts of it were like Sherlock Holmes looped on replay, given the new name of Bell, cut straight out of the original canon.
There's a scene with a cyclist pretty much the same as the solit It's not about Holmes. There's a scene with a cyclist pretty much the same as the solitary cyclist in the Holmes books. In fact, there were many scenes pretty much copy pasted. It took away from me being completely shocked and left me with strange sense of deja vu. I really loved the book.
The cover already made me curious and the interior is even better. Youll find many references to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Im really looking forward to reading the next part!nn.threadsol.com/3043-cellphone-number.php
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Jul 04, Jen Marett rated it liked it. I really liked this book. Sherlock Holmes is my guy so my standards are pretty high. Twist at the end caught me off guard too. May 04, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: gilded-fiction , historical-mystery. There were some problematical aspects to this mystery -- which I won't go into because it would involve spoilers -- but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it. The voice really felt authentic and took me back to those days when I eagerly lapped up the Sherlock Holmes stories and novellas.
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The plot kept me involved, and I liked the characters. I look forward to reading the other two books of the series! Feb 06, Anna Bergmark rated it it was ok. ONE strong story, properly told, can create its own forward propelling motion of interest, intrigue and excitement.
But a loosely held together collection of short story material must rely on something else, like the author exclaiming: "Oh woe, oh woe, oh woe! If I had only known what was to come! The tragedy! The horror! Over and over again.
A really weak and annoying stylistic solution. The fact that so many bits and bobs have been "borrowed" from the real Doyle ONE strong story, properly told, can create its own forward propelling motion of interest, intrigue and excitement. The fact that so many bits and bobs have been "borrowed" from the real Doyle stories is also less than satisfying. It brings with it a dull rehash factor. You feel as if you've read it all before or seen it on television and the main characters aren't new either.
You confuse them all the time while reading. The answer is no. The only difference introduced here is the atmosphere. It's far darker and more depressing than in the old Sherlock Holmes books. And though this is more of a taste thing of course I sure would have preferred some good old fashioned feel good, because all this doom and gloom really brings me down. Okey, strong ones. Doyle's narrative voice is nice, the writing solid enough AND there's a twist at the end.
But still If one adjective has to be chosen it's If a bit of weirdness don't put you off they will make your heart pound faster and your lips curl into a contented smile. Aug 11, Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it. The story begins in and flashes back to Apr 05, TBRpile yuju rated it really liked it. Dec 01, Guy rated it liked it. I truly enjoy all Sherlock Holmes genre. This one was excellent. In it the author has Arthur Conan Doyle being the Dr. Watson character and a new character Dr. Bell as Holmes. Very entertaining! Feb 12, Hettie rated it did not like it Shelves: mystery , fiction , historical-fiction , scottish-setting , crime.
I hate to say it but I was so bored reading this, it was a struggle to make it to the end. A fairly enjoyable read, but not one that I feel will stick with me. I'm trying to put my finger on what exactly I didn't love about the book. I think the main problem for me was pacing. This book is the first in a series, and it seems that the story is told in a strange order. Doyle and Bell meet, Doyle becomes his clerk, and then suddenly several years have gone by. Doyle is constantly referring to a terrible case that occurred somewhere in that intervening time, but he never gives us more than A fairly enjoyable read, but not one that I feel will stick with me.
Doyle is constantly referring to a terrible case that occurred somewhere in that intervening time, but he never gives us more than the basic details and tantalising hints. I feel like that time jump cheats the reader out of seeing the friendship develop between Doyle and Bell. They go from teacher and clerk to friends, but we never see how that happened.
It made the friendship a bit hard to buy into for me. We are just expected to take their word for it that their relationship has progressed to friendship without much evidence. Bell was an interesting character and was the brightest spot in the book for me. He is not Sherlock Holmes, but one can see how he acted as the inspiration for the character. The sections at the beginning when Doyle is trying to figure out exactly what Bell does in his office were excellent. Doyle was less interesting to me. I had a difficult time connecting with him.
At times he felt a bit too simple and naive, but maybe that's what Pirie was going for. The beginning of the book with older-Doyle describing his case files was fascinating to me.
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I believe that the second book in the series deals with that mysterious case in Doyle and Bell's past. I think I'll pick up the second book to see if shedding some light on that incident helps my enjoyment of the story. The mysteries were quite good. Pirie takes well-known Holmes cases and puts a spin on them. The main mystery here is based on the Solitary Cyclist. It makes you think you know what's going to happen, but Pirie puts a great twist on the ending that I really enjoyed.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read with some flashes of brilliance, but I felt disconnected from the story most of the time. I still think I'll continue with the series, just to see how it all plays out. This book features Doyle and Bell as the main characters. When the impoverished young Arthur Doyle opens his first medical practice, he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before.
Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom bicyclist, who vanishe David Pirie, the author, claims that Arthur Conan Doyle based the charactor of Sherlock Holmes on a real person, Dr.
Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom bicyclist, who vanishes as soon as he is followed. But this enigma is soon overshadowed as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events-including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman-that call for the advice of the eminent Dr.
But Dr. Bell dismisses the murder of Senor Garcia as a rather unimportant diversion from the incident which Bell considers to have real criminal implications: the matter of the solitary cyclist-and the patient's eyes I liked the book, even though it had a lot of tedius detail, dialogue and behaviors typical of the setting's time period. The plot was a bit off the wall and the solution was surprising and not quite satisfying.
The Patient's Eyes: The Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes (Murder Rooms)
Sep 11, Nina rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sherlockians, fans of victoriana and gothic literature. Shelves: holmesiana , in-english , anything-victorian , 21st-century , mystery-crime-thriller , real-person-fiction , detective-fiction , historical , read-in , london-britain.
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Both form a duo that is at once like and quite different from Holmes and Watson, thus offering a fresh take on well known characters. The book is of course full of Sherlockian bits and pieces, with a good measure of Edgar Allan Poe thrown in. Doyle himself could have been written by Poe: melancholic and traumatised by things that happened while The Patient's Eyes is a dark crime novel about a young and down on his luck Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor Joseph Bell, the real life Sherlock Holmes.
Doyle himself could have been written by Poe: melancholic and traumatised by things that happened while he was still working with Bell in Edinburgh, things he frequently alludes too but never fully explains. Which is a bit frustrating but also leaves you wanting more. Bell is a bit more cheerful, at least on the surface. They aren't exactly friends Doyle is quite critical of Bell and doesn't seem to like him very much , but there were some genuinely heart-warming moments between them. The most interesting aspect of the novel, to me, was that everything that happened throughout the story, supposedly served Doyle as inspiration for his own stories.
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