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The Dark Water This book is not what I imagined, but I have no complaints The title came up when I was trolling through a library catalog for books on Sherlock Holmes It s not about him, nor is there any specific mention of him in the entire book On the other hand, this is an action filled adventure staring Professor Dr Joseph Bell MD and Arthur Conan Doyle, MD Who do you ask Bell is the real world archetype used to create Sherlock Holmes and ACD is the man who created him and his Boswell , John This book is not what I imagined, but I have no complaints The title came up when I was trolling through a library catalog for books on Sherlock Holmes It s not about him, nor is there any specific mention of him in the entire book On the other hand, this is an action filled adventure staring Professor Dr Joseph Bell MD and Arthur Conan Doyle, MD Who do you ask Bell is the real world archetype used to create Sherlock Holmes and ACD is the man who created him and his Boswell , John H Watson, MD.ACD was a student of Dr Bell in Medical School They had certain true life adventures with a murderous individual This book is the third in a series I have not read the previous two that takes those real life events and draws them out into a fast paced series of accounts While the pattern is not exactly that of Holmes and Watson Doyle has several specific episodes apart from Bell , it is a Mystery in which they attempt to solve crimes A whole series of crimes perpetrated by this arch enemy who appears to drag ordinary men and women into his plots with exasperating ease Unlike Moriarty who had legions of followers organized into a criminal organization, the antagonist of this book ensnares and recruits on an individual basis He does not sit like a spider at the center of a web, but acts in the first person Without having read the previous two entries, I cannot say how fast and loose the author may have played with the true tragic facts that occurred before this volume However, on its own merits this is a very engaging tale If the three primaries were Messrs Foo , Goo , and Moo it would be just as engaging Only a few minor references in the epilogue would need to be deleted One assumes that the author has done some research into the core tale of the witch of Dunwich England it has nothing to do with H P Lovecraft s The Dunwich Horror rather than just making it up Although a large part of the book is concerned with it, I haven t done any fact checking and ultimately it does not matter This is a well written, emotional roller coaster that rings true.If you were expecting a story just like a Holmes story, then you might feel a bit disappointed Certainly there is evil afoot and detection, but the relationship of the two and the way the story is told marks it as something apart The author makes an effort to bring in the Holmes like skills such as, personal history at a glance, chemistry, a willingness to be a judge, a man of action, and a brilliant cryptographer But read it for its own sake and consider the familiarity of the future writer to be an added benefit.My conjectures on what the story contained hadto do with how ACD decided and did create his original Holmes tale obviously something that has nothing to do with this book I was basing that merely on the sub title, The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes , which is why the catalog search turned it up, also Once I knew what I had I was happy to read along and I hope you will be, too I m going to be looking for its predecessors Not that I wouldn t mind reading a book that covered the imagined topic I had such high hopes for this book I have read other books with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character before and really enjoyed them I always think it is fun to see him put into situations like his creation Sherlock Holmes It kind of shows how an author pulls ideas from real life experiences That being said I just couldn t get into this book It became a chore to read and I struggled to move through this My problem with this book was the story It took forever for any type of action I had such high hopes for this book I have read other books with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character before and really enjoyed them I always think it is fun to see him put into situations like his creation Sherlock Holmes It kind of shows how an author pulls ideas from real life experiences That being said I just couldn t get into this book It became a chore to read and I struggled to move through this My problem with this book was the story It took forever for any type of action to get going The methodical steps that Doyle and Bell would take to get to their deductions were dull and took forever to connect the dots This book could have been cut in half and maybe I would have enjoyed thisThis book clearly wasn t my taste but there were some good points about this book I really liked the authors writing style He blended his story into the flow and feel of a Sherlock Holmes story I just wish it would have flowed better and gotten to the point a bit faster I also liked the characters, Doyle and Bell were developed well I don t have much to say about this book, the writer has talent I just think he missed a bit with this book I was so bored that by the halfway point I didn t care how it ended I just wanted it to end I don t like to write non favorable reviews, but I have to be honest in my feeling for a book This was not for me and I am glad it is behind me The third Arthur Conan Doyle book and last I m inclined to say it s not a trilogy now, but I can t find any information about future books online isn t as focused as the second one was Although the case that Bell and Doyle take on in a superstitious village is directly related to their search for the villain Cream, it seems tangential until the end I ve really enjoyed reading all three books, but the strength in plotting and pacing does seem to go up and down. The novel is narrated as if by a Victorian gentleman called Arthur Conan Doyle and so the language may seem a little affected to readers ofmodern fiction It is, however, a very intriguing murder mystery with many gruesome murders committed as if for fun by the perpetrator The infamous narrator is helped by his side kick, another famous doctor called Dr Bell from Edinburgh The chase the known murderer from Wiltshire to London and on to the South East coast, always one step behind him Fr The novel is narrated as if by a Victorian gentleman called Arthur Conan Doyle and so the language may seem a little affected to readers ofmodern fiction It is, however, a very intriguing murder mystery with many gruesome murders committed as if for fun by the perpetrator The infamous narrator is helped by his side kick, another famous doctor called Dr Bell from Edinburgh The chase the known murderer from Wiltshire to London and on to the South East coast, always one step behind him Frustration abounds but the deduction of why each murder is committed is largely solved through the clues that Dr Bell works out This resonates with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson A great page turner and a very entertaining read The end of game, or was it merely the end game This third volume of Murder Rooms trilogy keeps the reader as well the protagonists Dr Joseph Bell, and Arthur Conan Doyle on a tight leash till the end, with the shadow of Doyle s nemesis lurking at every unseen corner and unknown angle I have to admit that towards the end of the book, the author had succeeded in making me rather paranoid and that had revealed a few things before their official exposure caused by Dr Bell, e.g the asylum The end of game, or was it merely the end game This third volume of Murder Rooms trilogy keeps the reader as well the protagonists Dr Joseph Bell, and Arthur Conan Doyle on a tight leash till the end, with the shadow of Doyle s nemesis lurking at every unseen corner and unknown angle I have to admit that towards the end of the book, the author had succeeded in making me rather paranoid and that had revealed a few things before their official exposure caused by Dr Bell, e.g the asylum proprietor s role, the identity of Charlotte Jephord s lover, etc The book does not echo many other Sherlockian adventures still hidden in the mist of future , except The Final Problem It is obviously well written, slightly superior to The Night Calls , and yet somewhat lesser than The Patient s Eyes.The biggest point of regret is that the series had suddenly ended with this volume, and the matter of the Dead Time tantalisingly mentioned by the author was never revealed.Read this book, only after exhausting the two previous volumes, and preferably in a stormy night, since the book is indeed very dark, and very gothic This is the third book in Pirie s series about Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell Unfortunately, I haven t read the first book When I read the second book, I thought it was mildly interesting and enjoyable, but I wasn t really impressed Well, either Mr Pirie greatly improved, or I just didn t give his book sufficient attention, because this novel was excellent Doyle and Bell, in their Watson and Holmes roles, continue to pursue the serial killer who has haunted them for the last several This is the third book in Pirie s series about Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell Unfortunately, I haven t read the first book When I read the second book, I thought it was mildly interesting and enjoyable, but I wasn t really impressed Well, either Mr Pirie greatly improved, or I just didn t give his book sufficient attention, because this novel was excellent Doyle and Bell, in their Watson and Holmes roles, continue to pursue the serial killer who has haunted them for the last several years I really do not want to give too many details of the story away, though, so I won t offer any summary past that.I must comment on the writing, however The author does an excellent job in creating a compelling and terror filled environment without detailed explanations Many or most authors writing this story would resolve to give long, horrific descriptions of the terrible things that the serial killer who shall remain nameless has done However, Pirie does an excellent job of setting a mood that allows him to communicate horror without unnecessary description It really is quite impressive And the story is so involving that upon finishing the book I was yelling and gesticulating for five minutes Excellent book Imprisoned in a dank cottage deep in the English countryside Arthur Doyle lies half unconscious and at the mercy of his nemesis Cream Gathering all his dwindling strength he smashes a window and crawls to safety With a sharp piece of broken glass he awaits his torturer s return, but the man has eluded him once , leaving behind the rotting body of a local miser and thwarted in his attempt to obtain money for his deadly cause Securing the help of the remarkable pioneering criminal investigator Dr Joseph Bell the two men return to the scene of the crime but find few clues London reveals little except the possibility that their archenemy has gone to the Suffolk coast under the name of Dr Mere Full of legend the local community fear the Dunwich witch has returned with her evil curse A man has died in suspicious circumstances and it seems many are unwilling to talk about it More hideous crimes are yet to come as Dr Bell and Doyle move closer and closer to confronting Cream Bell to capture a notorious villain, Doyle to avenge himself for a crime which robbed him of his future happiness Dr Bell and Arthur Doyle are reunited once again in their quest to hunt down a criminal mastermind in a sinister tale of intrigue and violence, which reaches a terrifying and dramatic climax ➷ [Reading] ➹ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➬ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but the man has eluded him once ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk leaving behind the rotting body of a local miser and thwarted in his attempt to obtain money for his deadly cause Securing the help of the remarkable pioneering criminal investigator Dr Joseph Bell the two men return to the scene of the crime but find few clues London reveals little except the possibility that their archenemy has gone to the Suffolk coast under the name of Dr Mere Full of legend the local community fear the Dunwich witch has returned with her evil curse A man has died in suspicious circumstances and it seems many are unwilling to talk about it More hideous crimes are yet to come as Dr Bell and Doyle move closer and closer to confronting Cream Bell to capture a notorious villain ❮Reading❯ ➳ Good People in an Evil Time ➬ Author Svetlana Broz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Doyle to avenge himself for a crime which robbed him of his future happiness Dr Bell and Arthur Doyle are reunited once again in their quest to hunt down a criminal mastermind in a sinister tale of intrigue and violence [EPUB] ✵ On a Day Like This By Peter Stamm – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk which reaches a terrifying and dramatic climax Plus minus Overall, interesting plot and characters, but the flow was somehow lacking Some of the classic holmes ian erratic movements werechoppy than erratic Some of the conversation seemed stilted, even for the time period There were intriguing elements, but lack of overall cohesion Where Doyle is perhaps supposed to come across as intense, he is merely melancholy, to the point of being a bit annoying and blind Some elements were predictable There were a few turns of events toward Plus minus Overall, interesting plot and characters, but the flow was somehow lacking Some of the classic holmes ian erratic movements werechoppy than erratic Some of the conversation seemed stilted, even for the time period There were intriguing elements, but lack of overall cohesion Where Doyle is perhaps supposed to come across as intense, he is merely melancholy, to the point of being a bit annoying and blind Some elements were predictable There were a few turns of events towards the end that were surprising and good I might try another, and I am curious as to the actual events of Doyle s life, but not my favorite writing Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance, during Sherlocked October December 2015 Arthur Conan Doyle s nemesis has returned to England He and Dr Bell have made it their life s work to capture this man, Dr Neill Cream, and see him pay for his crimes, not the least of which is murdering Elspeth, Conan Doyle s fiance Yet Conan Doyle didn t expect Cream to strike first, kidnapping the would be author and holding him hostage while heavily drugged But Conan Doyle mira Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance, during Sherlocked October December 2015 Arthur Conan Doyle s nemesis has returned to England He and Dr Bell have made it their life s work to capture this man, Dr Neill Cream, and see him pay for his crimes, not the least of which is murdering Elspeth, Conan Doyle s fiance Yet Conan Doyle didn t expect Cream to strike first, kidnapping the would be author and holding him hostage while heavily drugged But Conan Doyle miraculously escapes, and thanks to some help in the unlikeliest of places, he reunites with Dr Bell in Edinburgh They retrace Cream s steps through England, where he is using the name Dr Mere, and realize that this murderous man is in desperate need of funds Dr Bell starts going over everything that Conan Doyle remembers of his incarceration and Cream s mention of the sea seems to coincide with a suspicious disappearance of a wealthy man in the town of Dunwich Sir Thomas Jefford had just inherited a house in Dunwich, The Glebe, when he disappeared His friends thought it was a joke, but locals believe it is tied up in the legend of the Witch of Dunwich Heath, which Jefford was planning on writing about Conan Doyle and Bell set out for this remote village on the Eastern Coast and slowly start to piece together what has happened But soon there are not just dealing with a disappearance, but deaths Murder Can they separate facts from fiction and catch Cream before he has a chance to escape their grasp onceRecently I was having a conversation with one of my friends about people who rate books on Goodreads when they haven t finished them We were in total accord that it s unfair to the book and the author To give a star rating that is factored into the overall rating for something you couldn t be bothered to finish skews the results You either finish the book and rate it or abandon it, there is no middle ground This then morphed into a discussion on when do you give up on a book Do you give it fifty pages, a hundred pages, what When do you know in your gut that enough is enough When do you know that you can t make it to the end and have the satisfaction of adding your two cents on Goodreads I m a masochist, because I can really count on one hand the number of books I have actually given up on I m in it for the long haul, no matter what Rage reading, incentives, whatever it takes, I WILL finish that book The reason I bring this up now, other than the wacky serendipity that made these two events happen within days of each other, is that if I was the type of person to actually give up on books, well, The Dark Water would have been abandoned early Yet you will notice that in the end I really liked it I mean, I REALLY liked it So how long did it take for me to get into it 123 pages This just proves that there is no magical page number at which you should abandon hope A book with a disjointed and awkward start can click from one page to the next and become a true page turner Plus, it s always nice to have your patience rewarded, it s awkward when the book goes the other way, ie, to the dogs The Dark Water is actually the third book in David Pirie s series about Dr Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle While I didn t actually know this when I bought the book, before reading it I looked up the summaries to the first two books, The Patient s Eyes and The Night Calls, and realized that they sounded very familiar See, this series actually didn t start out as books, but as a television show, Murder Rooms, therefore doing the opposite of most adaptations out there The Patient s Eyes was the first episode after the pilot, while the pilot became The Night Calls While I think The Patient s Eyes is one of the strongest episodes, the pilot isn t of the highest quality, so I figured I d be safe just skipping to the new story Because that is what I was really excited about I was sad when Murder Rooms was cancelled and here, with this book, it felt like the axe hadn t fallen Yet upon starting The Dark Water there were all these mentions to things I hadn t heard about, little stories that didn t line up with the show References or asides I just didn t get This could in fact be one of the reasons it took me 123 pages to get into the book It was just a weird experience, like hearing a story you ve heard a hundred times but with key points changed for no perceptible reason I almost felt as if the books took place in a parallel dimension to the television series You knew enough about the world to get around but it was just that little bit off to be disconcerting Therefore, given the chance to do this over, I would read the first two books first, because maybe it would make those first 123 pages interesting But then again I think not The reason those first 123 pages don t work is because of Cream Dr Thomas Neill Cream is an historically interesting person a Scottish Canadian serial killer known as the Lambeth Poisoner who tried to claim the victims of Jack the Ripper as his own So we have historical precedence of his evil deeds and ways But, despite this book being fiction, the sheer unlikelihood of his ever crossing paths with Conan Doyle, nine years his junior, let alone becoming his arch nemesis just strains credulity Add to that the whole lovelorn Conan Doyle who lost his first love at the hands of Cream and we re in absurd penny dreadful territory While there s a disconnect between the fictional Conan Doyle and the actual, artistic license allows a little freedom, but taking Cream and forcing him into the role of Moriarty to Conan Doyle s Holmes it just doesn t work And not just the fact that Bell is the true Holmes of this narrative It s fun seeing the little hints of how life became fictionalized in Conan Doyle s stories, but this is too heavy handed Too obvious Cream is taking Moriarty too far, especially at the end Subtlety is needed to make this conceit believable Subtlety and just enough reality Cream is too over the top Too theatrical His kidnapping of Conan Doyle and holding him hostage is so overly dramatic and also tedious that it bogs down the first two sections of the book It s not until Cream disappears offstage that the book starts to work If it wasn t for Cream this could be a near perfect book, but alas, it isn t Also, is there anyone else that thinks the name Cream doesn t inspire terror Getting beyond Cream and into the history of the small English town of Dunwich captivated me Dunwich is a small coastal town on the eastern coast of England that was mentioned in the Doomsday book Much of the town has been lost to coastal erosion and now lives under the sea They have stories that you can still hear the bells of the churches under the water calling you This locale brought with it the haunting atmosphere that made The Hound of the Baskervilles so memorable and easily Conan Doyle s greatest story in the Sherlock Holmes canon There s something about desolate and bleak settings that just up the Gothic impact of a mystery and make me all theinvested in it It s the haunting landscape of Cornwall coupled with her writing that makes Daphne Du Maurier so memorable Her writing wouldn t have had the same impact set anywhere else Plus she had a symbiotic relationship between her and the land that makes me think if it wasn t for Cornwall who knows if she would ever have really written anything memorable That is what Dunwich does for The Dark Water The town becomes a reflection of the story and becomes a character in it s own right The treacherous walks along the cliffs where even holy landmarks to God were destroyed by the forces of nature sends a frisson of excitement through me just thinking about it again The wind and the rain which might be a detriment anywhere else here become a real danger Now I m not saying I ever want to go there, but the way this book transported me there, it feels like I ve already been.Yet Dunwich wouldn t have had the impact unless it was coupled with the mythology and folklore that surround the town, and not just the ghostly bells The way The Wylde Hunt at Dunwich and the Witch of Dunwich Heath not only added an otherworldly element to the story but spread fear and cleverly concealed the real killer is the beating heart of this book I have always been fascinated by the idea that Fairy Tales may be real and that mythology and folklore must have some basis in fact I love how Dr Bell instantly sees through these scare tactics, such as the howling man roaming the moors, but realizes the importance of these stories and the effect they will have on the surrounding community if they are believed He works backward, from the stories that have survived, knowing that they have a grounding in reality He is able to find how seemingly impossible deaths were accomplished by using the truth within the story But it s not just the ability to use these stories to catch a killer, but the stories themselves that give you a glimpse into the past You get a mini history of this small community through their folktales Regional folktales are the way history has been passed down through the generations You learnabout an area and it s past from it s stories than from some staid history written to set the record straight Plus let us not forget that in his old age Conan Doyle setstore in fairies and folklore than in his own writing Fairy Tales are just history and mystery coming together, and in this instance they are used to catch a killer This is the last of Pirie s trilogy featuring Dr Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle It starts off where the second ends, and it is so much like the second, that at first one wonders if they may have read this one, but no, just a page or twoand one knows it is a different book entirely Bell and Doyle continue on their quest to track down Cream, a former fellow med student of Doyle s They take off to Dunwich, a small seaside town, much of which has b This is the last of Pirie s trilogy featuring Dr Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle It starts off where the second ends, and it is so much like the second, that at first one wonders if they may have read this one, but no, just a page or twoand one knows it is a different book entirely Bell and Doyle continue on their quest to track down Cream, a former fellow med student of Doyle s They take off to Dunwich, a small seaside town, much of which has been eroded by the waves of the North Sea Here, setting out to solve a disappearance, followed by other murders, they are convinced they are on the right trail Many twists and turns are included, as was as, of course, impossible escapes All of which make for a good read And yes, although published in 2006, it s a surprise that Pirie has not followed up with a fourth along the same lines Guess his time as a screenwriter, film producer, and film critic has left no time for mystery writing


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About the Author: David Pirie

David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar nominated film Breaking the Waves David Pirie lives in Somerset.