The detective team of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Joseph Bell star in this “ingenious” historical mystery (The New York Times Book Review).
As many fans of Sherlock Holmes know, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found inspiration for the great fictional detective in a brilliant Scottish surgeon named Joseph Bell. In an era when science was not often considered in the course of criminal investigations, Bell’s emphasis on observation and deduction made him a pioneer in forensics.
In The Dark Water, Holmes’s creator joins forces with Dr. Bell to take on Victorian vagabonds, criminal masterminds, and all manner of mysteries. The pair relentlessly pursues the vicious killer Thomas Neill Cream—and visits a sleepy seaside town where a seventeenth-century legend known as the Dunwich witch has taken on new life.
With “a gripping plot and psychologically sophisticated characters” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), The Dark Water is a thrilling, atmospheric adventure for historical mystery lovers, offering “an intellectual treat and a downright guilty pleasure” (The Washington Post).
“Pirie’s third Doyle homage . . . again boasts deft period yarn-spinning and terrific writing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Pirie’s knowledge of Doyle’s biography, as well as of the Holmes canon, makes him an intellectual treat and a downright guilty pleasure.” —The Washington Post
“The third novel in an imaginative Victorian series narrated by the young Arthur Conan Doyle. As the inspirational model for Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant and eccentric Dr. Bell properly takes charge of the cryptic codes that figure in this ingenious mystery.” —The New York Times Book Review
David Pirie (b. 1953) is a critically acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, film critic, and producer. Born in Liverpool, Pirie began his career as a film critic by writing for magazines such as Sight & Sound,the Monthly Film Bulletin,and Time Out London. As a screenwriter, he has written several screenplays for the BBC, earning a BAFTA nomination for his adaptation of The Woman in White. Pirie’s novels include The Night Calls and The Patient’s Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes. He lives in Somerset.