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[Review] The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth


Title: The Reichenbach Problem: Reichenbach Trilogy #1
Author: Martin Allison Booth
Publisher: Lion Fiction, Kregel June 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Dr. Conan Doyle solves a mystery in Reichenbach, Switzerland.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Rating: 2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Lion Hudson and Kregel Blog Tour for the purpose of review.

Link for excerpt:
http://store.kregel.com/client/excerpt/978-1-78264-016-5.pdf



Summary:
Dr. Conan Doyle travels by train alone, without his family, to Reichenbach, Switzerland. He is in hopes of a brief respite from his life in England. Fellow travelers stare at him because they believe him to be the famous Sherlock Holmes, instead he is the author of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle is in his early 30s, married and with children, he is not a religious man, has a dry sense of humor, methodical, analytical. After arriving in Reichenbach a man is found murdered. Doyle begins work in solving the case.

Thoughts:
What stood out to me the most in the main character of Dr. Conan Doyle is his humanity. He is a multifaceted character. He is not what I would call a masculine man's man, he is a thinker. He sometimes is inept, bumbling and stumbling. He is though humble and teachable, I admire these qualities.
During the course of Doyle's detective work he meets his intoxicating nemesis. To be tempted is not the same as falling into temptation. His experience in this situation is a lesson for him and us.
The detective work presented in the book is just as our main character is, methodical and dry as toast. Doyle states everything he does, nothing is left for the reader to wonder about.
I did not feel apart of the story and I was disappointed in this. It took a while for me to become interested in this story. I did finish it.
There is a secondary character that is a gay man. I want to bring this to the attention of my readers only because some will not like this, then some won't care. This character is a minor character, and only alluded to in conversation. This is the second time Kregel has had a gay/lesbian character in their books, I believe they are finding out how their reading audience will accept this. In both situations the characters are minor and subtle.
A person who is a beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery reader would probably be disappointed in this book---I'm sad to state this.


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