Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong


Pierre Bayard


Mystery / Thriller


Date Reviewed:

December 14, 2008

don't like to skip pages in books, but this wretched book had me quickly flipping through whole chapters. What a bore this Pierre Bayard must be! Please shut up already with the psychobabble and get back to the Hound of the Baskervilles. Unfortunately, despite the subtitle of the book: "Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles", much of this book wanders off into subjects that are only marginally related to Sherlock Holmes

There is enough material in this book for maybe a long magazine article. Everything else is filler. Unfortunately, it is not interesting filler. Bayard comes across as an ivory-tower egg head, able to bore the socks off of anyone - a phone book is as interesting as some of the paragraphs churned out by Bayard's pen. Please don't lecture us with Freudian analysis! Bayard takes himself entirely too seriously. Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character.

Bayard's premise is this: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle hated his own character (Sherlock Holmes) so much that he was blinded by the "true" events in the story that he himself created! To be fair, I must give credit to Bayard for pointing out some of the unlikely conclusions that Conan Doyle draws in the novel, the issues Bayard raises are logical. If this had been only a magazine article, if only the last chapter of this book had been published, then Bayard would win praise for his cleverness. But since he desires to sell books, he stretches his idea into 200 pages.

Unlike Bayard, I won't bore you by repeating a few points for endless paragraphs. Unlike Bayard, I will be succinct: This book sucks. Avoid it. At most, read only the last chapters.