Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though, did cast an unstoppable problem for Holmes – he called it “The Final Problem” and in the original story, both Moriarty and Holmes fell to their doom into the Reichenbach Falls.
Conan Doyle was heartily sick of writing about the consulting detective, which is why he neatly killed him off. When he did, readers went into mourning over the death of Sherlock Holmes. They wore black arm bands and set up persistent letter writing campaigns.
Eventually, Conan Doyle caved and seven years later, he brought Sherlock Holmes back to life in “The Adventure of the Empty House,” where he explained Holmes’ three year absence to Watson in a miserly single paragraph. The later stories never achieved quite the same tone and enthusiasm of the earlier stories.
This three year absence of Holmes’ became the infamous Great Hiatus.
There have been many fictional attempts by other authors to explain what Holmes did while he was away from Baker Street, and why he stayed away so long without letting Watson know.
Chronicles of the Lost Years is my version. I am a Sherlockian – a Sherlock Holmes fan and once, long ago, I was a committee member of the Sherlock Holmes Society.
Chronicles of the Lost Years has been released today in both paperback and ebook everywhere except Canada, where it has been available in paperback for many years already.
You can pick up a copy from Amazon here.
Here’s the blurb:
When Sherlock Holmes was at the peak of his success he disappeared, abruptly, for three years. Dr. Watson believed him to be dead. No one knows what happened to him in those years…until now.
Watson takes up his pen one last time to describe in a private memoir the true tale of Holmes’ adventures during his three-year absence from Baker Street and provides a fictional explanation for many of the mysteries and inaccuracies found within the Sherlock Holmes collection of stories and novels.
The answers come in the shape of a woman – Elizabeth Sigerson. Elizabeth is independent, practical, a crack shot with a pistol and definitely not a woman of her time. Elizabeth is embroiled in Holmes’ life just when Holmes scheme to expose Moriarty is culminating. She can more than hold her own against Holmes’ abilities but she has a secret that Holmes is compelled to solve…
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No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel.