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Arthur Conan Doyle has just killed off Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem and he immediately becomes one of the most hated men in London So when he is contacted by a medium of some renown and asked to investigate a murder he jumps at the chance to get out of the city The only thing is that the murder hasn't happened yet—the medium one Hope Thraxton has foreseen that her death will occur at the third séance of a meeting of the Society for Psychical Research at her manor house in the English countrysideAlong for the ride is Conan Doyle's good friend Oscar Wilde and together they work to narrow down the list of suspects which includes a mysterious foreign Count a levitating magician and an irritable old woman with a familiar Meanwhile Conan Doyle is enchanted by the plight of the capricious Hope Thraxton who may or may not have a complicated back story than it first appears As Conan Doyle and Wilde participate in séances and consider the possible motives of the assembled group the clock ticks ever closer to Hope's murder in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle

10 thoughts on “The Revenant of Thraxton Hall

  1. says:

    You know how sometimes you order bacon at a restaurant and when it comes it’s perfect? I mean not objectively perfect because everyone likes their bacon a little bit different but perfect for YOU? For me that means lean crispy not too greasy salty a little blackened on the edgesas if the chef came to my table asked me exactly how I wanted it and promptly went back to the kitchen and cooked it to order The Revenant of Thraxton Hall was one perfectly prepared made to order just for me serving of bacon It’s like Mr Entwistle called me up asked me exactly what I wanted in a story and then sat down at his typewriter and banged it out I assume he used a typewriter because any man who rocks a cravat and a top hat in his author photo HAS to use a typewriter if not a fountain pen I imagine the conversation would have gone something like this “Cheerio mate Vaughn Entwistle here Just wanted to ring you up to find out what kind of story you’d like to read so I can get cracking”“Well gee no one’s ever written a story explicitly for ME beforethis is very flattering”“I live to serve my readers”“How good are you at making bacon?”“Beg pardon?”“Never mind Let’s start with setting can you set it in the Victorian era and give it all of the appropriate atmospheric touches like gaslights and mysterious moors and hansom cabs and all that?”“Indubitably”“Awesome Now this is going to sound weird but I love stories that kind of mishmash genres—like I’d dig it if you could include a lot of cool historical touches but also make it suspenseful and mysterious yet funny and include supernatural fantasy or horror elements”“Righty o—no problem Tell you what—I’ll even use real life main characters like Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde to give it extra historical authenticity”“That would be awesome But can you do so in a way that doesn’t make it so that you’re using real life people as a cheap shortcut for character building? I hate it when authors of historical fiction use real people so that they don’t have to spend time writing them with any depth I mean if you’re going to use Oscar Wilde he’s got to actually say witty and funny things”“Sure thing mate—wouldn’t have it any other way It’s a daunting task but I’m up for it”“Good good Now one last thing—can you perfectly balance the inclusion of historical detail and character building with a plot that really gets fast paced and rip roaring as the story nears its conclusion?”“Pardon the sound of my keys clacking in the background; this old typewriter of mine freezes up if I don’t keep it moving Now let me sum up you want a story that’s historically accurate except where it might serve the story to depart a bit from the facts but also has an adventurous and mysterious vibe and one that has fully realized characters who are clever and witty and a plot that incorporates all different kinds of story and genre elements and you want it to be both full of detail and fast paced?”“That’s exactly right”“Hmmm Well that’s uite an order you’ve placed Mr Gibson I’ll see what I can do”“Awesome And maybe after you’re done work on that bacon please”Turns out Mr Entwistle is one hell of a chef because The Revenant of Thraxton Hall tasted delicious and fulfilled my order to the letter If you dig Victorian lit Sherlock Holmes and historymysteryhorror mashups you’ll love it I’ll note too that if you liked The Camelot Shadow you will want to read this book I understand that Mr Entwistle has already prepared two meals for me so I’m off to the gym to work off a few calories so I can feast on them soon

  2. says:

    Arthur Conan Doyle is the most hated man in London after killing off Sherlock Holmes So when he gets the chance to investigate a murder that hasn't happened yet he jumps to the chance to get away from London a bit A medium Hope Thraxton has foreseen her own murder and the only face she recognizes in her vision is Doyle's so she turns to him to solve the crime But he doesn't go alone to Thraxton Hall for a meeting with he Society for Psychical Research his good friend Oscar Wilde tags along and together must they now try to stop a murder that will occur at the third séance at the meetingI have a weakness for Sherlock Holmes and a book written about Doyle about the time after he had killed of Sherlock Holmes spiced with some paranormal activities sounded very intriguing There are a lot of suspects at the Thraxton Hall and it seems that not only Hope Thraxton is in danger so Doyle and Wilde have much to do try to find a killer among the guests of  the guests The book was a mixed of crime mystery paranormal and also with a healthy dose of comedy since Wilde was in the story and he isn't the most serious person I have ever read about I couldn't help of thinking about the movie clue when I read the book because of all the humorAnyway the book was good I liked Doyle and Wilde working together and the case wasn't too predictable with was nice  I recommend this book to anyone that likes historical mysteries with a bit of a paranormal twist to the story35 stars

  3. says:

    Light weight humorous off shoot of Sherlock Holmes stories the novelty being that the 'detectives' are actually Arthur Conan Doyle and his friend Oscar Wilde A lot of the comedy comes from the Oscar Wilde character primping and fretting over his outfitsThis was the perfect palate cleansing book for when you are either too tired to read anything complex or need to reset after a long bout of overdosing on another genre in my case fantasy I have a few series authors who serve this role and am happy to add this to my list

  4. says:

    I chose this book to fulfill the Mystery suare on my 2016 Halloween Book Bingo card It was another book that has been on my TBR list for a while and this was a perfect excuse to read itSir Arthur Conan Doyle is the main character with Oscar Wilde in tow as they investigate mysterious happenings which begin in London and uickly move to Thraxton Hall Historically these two men did meet got along very well and inspired each other’s writing So it’s a plausible assumption that they could have shared an adventure or two although there’s no historical record of that happening Also Conan Doyle was a pretty committed spiritualist including being buried standing up apparently as part of his belief system May I say also that I appreciate that the author used Conan Doyle as a main character instead of Sherlock Holmes as other authors have done I saw a play this year which teamed Wilde and Holmes the real and the fictional and while it is entertaining I think the author Doyle deserves some time at the centre of things instead of his creationAlthough dealing with men and women of the Victorian age the writing had an extremely modern feel It was very cleverly plotted and the situations were appropriate but the words which the characters used to express themselves rang just a bit too 21st century for me I also felt that Oscar Wilde was used rather stereotypically with his concern about his appearance and his enormous ego being used to create humour Nevertheless it was fun and I was certainly motivated to keep reading and find out who was behind the goings onThere were a few annoying typos in my volume confusing uotation marks and I think that I shall be reading a biography of Oscar Wilde before I tackle the second volume of this series Definitely a fun series which I intend to continue with Actual rating 35 stars

  5. says:

    This is a simply fabulous book and was tons of fun to read With the main characters being Arthur Conan Doyle Oscar Wilde and once in a while the ghost of Sherlock Holmes how could you go wrong?It was very enjoyable to read a book in which the sleuthing was done by Doyle himself instead of his famous fictional detective And Oscar Wilde was the perfect companion with many witticisms from him scattered throughout the book And the Victorian period and the creepiness of Thraxton Hall were very well done as wellThere are uite a few happenings in the book in which you have to completely suspend disbelief as there are uite a lot of psychic events levitation and the like But that's just part of the overall fun of the book Apparently the seuel is now out and I for one can't wait to read it

  6. says:

    I dare you to read this book and not fall in love with it if you are or have ever been a Sherlock Holmes fan This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year I giggled my way through the wry humour and appreciated the complexity of the mysteries involved in the telling of this tale From the very beginning you can tell that the author put a lot of thought into this work He managed to not only honour Arthur Conan Doyle and his fantastic career but to make a new and interesting story of his life and his most infamous character The characters in this book are vibrant and alive and each one has a special role to play in the story I loved the way he portrayed Oscar Wilde in particular If you are a fan of the literary greats you can't go wrong with this story The flair that Mr Wilde was painted with was in keeping with the historical documentation on his charismatic personality From his concern over his clothing to his determination to make an entrance in every situation he was written perfectly As for the paranormal aspect of the story it was ever present throughout the entire book The paranormal theme did not waver as the tale progressed I liked the conflicted emotions of the main character and his struggle to honour his wife whilst still experiencing things that reminded him he was a young man This made the author seem important than his character for once and I enjoyed that aspect very much The ending of the story is surprising and left me excited to read the next installment There have been a lot of books based on famous authors but this one was by far the best I have read I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly loves literature from the past and the present This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and the publisher

  7. says:

    This book was a pleasure to read The atmosphere is so classic Victorian and Gothic the humor hit the mark and while I wasn't sure about how successful using real life writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and playwright Oscar Wilde as a crime solving duo would be it turns out to be perfect Wilde's wit was exactly what I expected and Doyle is just as lovable as his creation I definitely recommend this book to those who are Victoriana inclined and who like classicGothic horrorOverall rating 4550 starsReviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the March 2014 issue

  8. says:

    I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest reviewIn the present book I was uite surprised to reading such suspenseful story where Conan Doyle and Wilde were invited by a medium Hope Thraxton in order to investigate a murder which will take place during a meeting of the Society for Physical Research in her manor house outside LondonThe story has plenty of humor and suspense as well making this book a pace reading once you start to read it you won't be able to stop itIt was amazing to read Conan Doyle applying the investigation techniues of his most famous and very well known character Sherlock Holmes As a matter of fact Oscar Wilde brilliantly played the role of Watson during the search of the killer in the manor house Wilde only concern was the success of his play Lady Windermere's Fan In the meantime Conan Doyle's wife remained very sick in London making him worry with her while away from LondonThis is the second historical mystery book I've read concerning the friendship between the British author Arthur Conan Doyle and the Irish writer Oscar WildeEven if in the second novel Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance A Mystery by Gyles Brandreth the main character is Oscar Wilde Conan Doyle only is acting as coadjutant the comparison if we dare to make it stops hereAccording to Wikipedia both Conan Doyle and Wilde were invited for a dinner party in London promoted in 1889 by the Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in the United States They both agreed to write novels that will be published by Lippincott's Conan Doyle's novel was his second Sherlock Holmes novel The Sign of Four Wilde's was The Picture of Dorian Gray Their friendship appeared to be true after the publication of Micah ClarkeThis book is published by Minotaur Book and will be released in March 25 2014

  9. says:

    This was uite a difficult book although not in terms of the narrative and characterisation While I fully expect Sherlock Holmes and Watson to face mortal dangers in the form of zombies vampires ghouls Mr Hyde Martians even the dread Cthulhu and other deep ones somehow the concept of Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde facing actual ghosts revenants despite the former's manic spiritualism that had overshadowed every other act work of his towards the end of his life was disconcerting Add to that all the other typically gothic stuff all sorts of shenanigans taking place in a suitably gothic place full of characters who seem to have been lifted straight out of novels as well as seance teleportation telekinesis etc etc However the single most redeeming aspect of this novel was Oscar Wilde That genius is in full flow here and despite the foil of ACD who acts like Watson than the real ACD his brilliance shines through Also the novel was uite well paced with appropriate spices thrown here there Recommended esp for a stormy evening

  10. says:

    ARC courtesy of NetGalley35 starsA paranormal historical mystery which would probably be a good spooky read for OctoberFor a further review