The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Vaughn Entwistle
I’ve been fascinated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for awhile now, ever since watching the most recent Sherlock Holmes movies, directed by Guy Ritchie, and the BBC series with Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve never actually read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, though I would definitely like to in the future. This book wants me to read it even more. The same thing is true of Oscar Wilde’s works. I’ve been fascinated by his personal story, but never have managed to read any of his books or plays. I was drawn to this book by the title, as it sounded very Gothic and by the book cover (and yes I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I will admit that I do just that). You can tell the author is English or at least got a good English education from the excellent vocabulary used in the book. I enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end of the book as it confirms that the author was very in-depth with his historical research, something I always appreciate when reading historical fiction.
Arthur Conan Doyle (henceforth referred to as Arthur) has just killed off the famous Sherlock Holmes and people are rioting in the street and cancelling en masse their subscription to The Strand magazine, where the stories were published. Arthur is relieved as he wants to start a new project. His beloved wife, Touie, is dying of consumption (tuberculosis). He is summoned to a darkened house to help a young beautiful woman named Hope solve a murder, her own. He thinks it is all poppycock and leaves, but finds himself thinking about her in not-so-innocent ways afterwards. He is invited to a conference with the Psychical Society, which is meeting at Thraxton Hall, which Arthur soon discovers is the ancestral home of the lady he has just met. He decides to go with his friend Oscar Wilde, who provides the perfect foil for Arthur’s serious demeanor. Will they be able to uncover who is the murderer and save Lady Thraxton in time? To find out, read this exciting first book of The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series. Can’t wait to read the next book! 4 stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.