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The Bookbag reviews The Case of The Grave Accusation a Sherlock Holmes Mystery

” It’s a neatly-turned tale which will amuse fans of Holmes and the non-Holmesian alike.”

The Bookbag is one of the UK’s largest independent book reviews sites. Their review for The Case of The Grave Accusation is out this week and overall very positive.

Much in the way that legend says that King Arthur will return when his country needs him, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have returned because an accusation has been made against their creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The charge is that the great man plagiarised The Hound of the Baskervilles from his great friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson – and then went on to commit adultery, blackmail and murder in order to conceal what he had done. Holmes’ rooms in Baker Street have not changed a great deal – if one can overlook the addition of a desktop computer and better plumbing – but it’s not long before the pair are off to Dartmoor to discover the truth.

There’s more to this tale than would immediately meet the eye. Back in 2000 the real-life Rodger Garrick-Steele wanted to exhume the body of Fletcher Robinson to prove that he had been murdered and it’s this story which is the basis of The Case of the Grave Accusation although Rodger Garrick-Steele becomes Roger la Perlure d’Ail in the story. It’s a neatly-turned tale which will amuse fans of Holmes and the non-Holmesian alike. It’s interesting to see Holmes and Watson in a modern setting and coping (rather well, it must be said) with the changes that a century or so have brought about.”

You can read the full review here – The Bookbag Review of The Case of The Grave Accusation.

The Case of The Grave Accusation is available from all good bookstores like Amazon, via Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, iBooks (iPad/iPhone) and several other formats.

 

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Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews The Case of The Grave Accusation

When it comes to reviews, every Holmes author and historian waits anxiously for the edition of The District Messenger where their book is reviewed by the world’s leading Holmes society. It’s good news for the recent pastiche, and true story, The Case of the Grave Accusation with a resounding thumbs up for the new book.

“Just out from MX Publishing at £7.99 is The Case of the Grave Accusation, a novel by Dicky Neely edited by Paul R Spiring, in which Holmes and Watson investigate certain bizarre allegations made against Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – that he stole the narrative of his most famous book from his friend Fletcher Robinson, that he had an affair with Robinson’s wife, and that he murdered Robinson in order to conceal the scandal.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because those charges have been made! Richard Belzer said,

‘If you tell a lie that’s big enough, and you tell it often enough, people will believe you are telling the truth, even when what you are saying is total crap.’

I hope Mr Neely’s book nails the nonsense for good.”

Strong praise from the Society and rightly so. This book is a an important final milestone in the long saga that started with terrible accusations against our beloved Arthur Conan Doyle. Allegations that were damaging and hurtful to both his, and Bertram Fletcher Robinson’s memories.

Without spoiling the plotline, this book has two halves – the first part is a fun pastiche take on the murder scandal, and the second a collection of supporting real life information that puts the final nails in the coffin of the real-life accusations. A very fascinating collaboration between a surfing cartoonist (Dicky Neely, the pastiche) and learned lecturer (Paul R Spiring, the history part).

The Case of The Grave Accusation is available from all good bookstores like Amazon, via Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, iBooks (iPad/iPhone) and several other formats.

 

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