The Reichenbach Problem, The Reichenbach Problem Series #1   -     By: Martin Allison Booth
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Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Sherlock Holmes's popularity has taken over his life and he sees only one solution-to kill him off. To do this, Doyle flees to Switzerland, to a picturesque village 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 drawn into the mystery surrounding the death of a fellow tourist.

All too soon, Doyle finds the finger of suspicion is pointing at him as the locals unite against the famous writer, convinced that the murder is Sherlock Holmes's fault. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? And is it possible that the character has influenced him too much? 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782640169
ISBN-13: 9781782640165
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Series: Reichenbach Trilogy

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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Reichenbach Problem - eBook.
    Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much-needed holiday, Doyle escapes 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 and involved in the investigation of a mysterious death of a fellow traveler.

    All too soon, Doyle s somewhat unwilling, gentle probing into the case causes the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? As Doyle learns more and more about the famous character he penned, he finds he is less like Sherlock and more like his sidekick, Watson. Can the sidekick see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?

    Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers 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.

    My Review:

    I was actually very surprised by this book, because being distributed as a Christian novel, it was just a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. The premise was intriguing, and it was somewhat of a slow start. Some of the elements of this book certainly didn't point to Doyle's supposed devotion and love for his wife. Doyle's character was looking for answers in the same manner that was common at the time, (nope, not telling you what - I don't do spoilers!) But what I was really disappointed that what should have been a good opportunity to create some tension/resolution in the area of faith, was simply played off as a "falling away." Aside from this information, we are not given any real indication that this book should be marketed as Christian Fiction. It was a great premise, great writing, but it is not what is should have been. That being said, this is a great novel for Sherlock Holmes fans, and I enjoyed it from that perspective.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    October 18, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much-needed holiday, Doyle escapes 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 and involved in the investigation of a mysterious death of a fellow traveler.

    All too soon, Doyle s somewhat unwilling, gentle probing into the case causes the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? As Doyle learns more and more about the famous character he penned, he finds he is less like Sherlock and more like his sidekick, Watson. Can the sidekick see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?

    Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers 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.

    My Review:

    I was actually very surprised by this book, because being distributed as a Christian novel, it was just a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. The premise was intriguing, and it was somewhat of a slow start. Some of the elements of this book certainly didn't point to Doyle's supposed devotion and love for his wife. Doyle's character was looking for answers in the same manner that was common at the time, (nope, not telling you what - I don't do spoilers!) But what I was really disappointed that what should have been a good opportunity to create some tension/resolution in the area of faith, was simply played off as a "falling away." Aside from this information, we are not given any real indication that this book should be marketed as Christian Fiction. It was a great premise, great writing, but it is not what is should have been. That being said, this is a great novel for Sherlock Holmes fans, and I enjoyed it from that perspective.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Story
    October 18, 2013
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth was a good read but not quite a five star book. Conan Doyle is taking a two week vacation in a small, peaceful town in Switzerland where the Reichenbach Falls are located. Doyle hopes to come to terms with his fame and the impact that fame has on his life as the author of the Sherlock Holmes books. He has more or less come to greatly dislike Holmes and is thinking of writing one more book to kill off the detective. In Zurich, a fellow passenger by the name of Holloway strikes up a conversation with Doyle and from that time on seems to dog every step that Doyle takes. Shortly after the men arrive at their destination, a fellow tourist turns up dead at the Falls and Holloway insists that he and Doyle must investigate and solve the murder or prove that it was an accident and not murder. Doyle's hope for peace and quiet are completely destroyed when he is accused of being the murderer. To make matters even worse, Holloway believes that the spirit of Sherlock Holmes is now living in him.

    For the first two hundred pages of the book I had trouble making myself continue to read. In my opinion there was just too much dialogue and not enough action. In addition, the author's use of words such as escritoire for a desk was rather distracting for me. When I finally reached page two hundred and one, the story began to get very interesting and I sat up until the wee hours of the morning to finish. If the first two hundred pages had been reduced to about one hundred and added to the last one hundred, then it could have been a five star book. One thing in the book that really bothered me was that Doyle would go off on a two week vacation and leave his young child and pregnant wife at home alone. And Doyle's reaction to two of the women in the story was upsetting since he kept saying that he deeply loved his wife. All through the story I kept wondering why the local police did not investigate the death of the tourist. My favorite character in the story was Father Vernon for he seemed to be the only character who was what he said he was, and I certainly agreed with his opinion on the séance. I do not want to appear completely negative about the book for it was well written with no grammatical errors which detract from a story, at least in my opinion. Booth appears to be very knowledgeable about Conan Doyle and it would be nice to know which scenes he fictionalized. I thoroughly enjoyed all the mystery in the book and the author skillfully brought all the subplots together at the end of the book. Near the end of the book, Doyle said of himself, "I was disgusted with myself; with my prejudices, my presumptions, my insensitivity, my cruelty and my weakness." The author did a very good job in making me as the reader feel that same way about Doyle. But at least by the end of the story he seemed to have changed for the better.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery books written by British authors.

    Kregel Publications provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    GOOD MYSTERY READ!
    October 18, 2013
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a fan of Sherlock Holmes books, I must applaud Mr. Booth on his amazing ability to capture the personality and writing style of the real Arthur Conan Doyle. I felt like I WAS reading Sherlock Holmes.

    Fame has proven more than Arthur Conan Doyle can handle so he decides to take a vacation in hopes of finding his family a new home where his celebrity status will not be under such scrutiny. He heads to Switzerland to the peaceful little town of Reichenbach Falls. His grand expectations of an escape into anonymity and peace are shattered when Richard Holloway must share his railroad car and recognizes him. Doyle is annoyed yet polite to his unwanted guest assuming that upon arrival they will go their separate ways. Once the train arrives, Holloway attaches himself to the leery author and even declares them friends to everyone.

    Not long after his arrival a man is found dead and it is unknown if he is fell or pushed off a precipice. Pushed by Holloway to investigate the murder, Doyle finds himself being the prime suspect! Father Vernon, the local priest, is very helpful and caring in supporting Doyle, but could he possibly be withholding information?

    The writing was rich in detail and description. Not just in what he saw, but also his opinions and perceptions of events and people. A wonderful mystery!

    I received this book free from Kregel Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow, Slow, Slow
    October 18, 2013
    ThomasRFellerJr
    North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes - one of my most prized books is The Complete Sherlock Holmes in facsimile of the original Strand publications given to me by my sister when I was a teenager. I've also enjoyed the TV and movie adaptations, including the modern BBC rendition Sherlock starring Gavin Cutterbatch. So when I saw this book appear in my blog tour listings I was intrigued to see what Martin Allison Booth could do.

    Granted, the book is not about Holmes, and that was clear when I first signed-up to be a part of the tour. Instead, The Reichenbach Problem tells a fictitious story of Homles' creator Arthur Conan Doyle. It begins while Conan Doyle is on vacation in Switzerland, trying to escape the fame of being a well-known author. He is unable to find the rest or anonymity he craves, though, and soon gets thrown into a murder investigation himself.

    In addition to reading the book because of the mystery component and its connection with Holmes, I was also excited because it was the first of a three-part trilogy - and I love getting into things at the beginning. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. The book was slow to read (really slow) - to use the phrase "it was a yawner" is an understatement. I do plenty of reading late at night and during the day time (being in school and all), but this one consistently put me to sleep (literally). I just couldn't get into it - and it seemed like the even though I would keep turning pages I never got anywhere (in the book or in the story). Needless to say, I will not be reading the second two books in the series (assuming they even get published). This is not a book I would recommend and I'm giving it only 1/5 stars.

    For the record, I did receive a free copy of the book from the publishers in exchange for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.
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