The Night Calls

The Night Calls

by David Pirie

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle-the creator of Sherlock Holmes-studied under one of the pioneers in forensic medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell.

While details of Doyles actual relationship with the Doctor remain shrouded in mystery, author David Pirie has created an engrossing series that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian Edinburgh.The Night Calls chronicles their most frightening and disturbing case, the encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes archnemesis Moriarty.

A series of bizarre and outlandish assaults on women in the brothels of Edinburgh has caught the attention of Bell, who calls on Doyle to assist in the investigation.

What People Think about "The Night Calls"

I'm interviewing myself about how I felt about this book, since I don't feel like writing a regular review, thought it would be an interesting format. Interviewer: Hello, good to see you again. Interviewer: OK, so what did you think of the book? I had to look up someone's review for The Patient's Eye, the previous book in the series, because I completely forgot what happened in it! Interviewer:My God, and didn't you give it like 5 stars? Interviewer:Sort of like this one? Me: Ok, I didn't like how some of the happenings in the book followed the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes too closely. Interviewer:In case you forget it later, before you read the Dark Waters, the next book in the series, give us an overview of the plot here?

I think I liked 'The Night Calls' best of the three books because there is a bit of happiness for ACD in this story and we learn about his relationship with Elsbeth who was referred to numerous times in 'The Patient's Eyes'. I would recommend this to fans of historical fiction and mysteries and I think Sherlockians would appreciate this as well.

The Patient's Eyes is almost like a prologue to the full story that's covered in this book and, from what I can tell from this book's ending, The Dark Water as well.

While the prior novel, "The Patient's Eyes", dealt with mystery and murder, this book is much blacker in tone and detail. But, even if you did see them, I strongly recommend this book before moving on to the third novel in the series. Although it may put off some readers I think that because this book encompasses the central theme of how Bell and Doyle will relate for the rest of their lives it is worth the effort. I recommend the book to anyone who likes a good story. I think that the author took a big chance in changing the "tone" of the series with this second entry and it was a good decision.

I was on the fence about The Patients Eyes when I read it, but The Night Calls blew the first book out of the water. Doyle is far more likeable and interesting in this story than he was in the Patients Eyes. After reading this, I understand why Pirie structured this series in such a strange way. The bulk of The Patients Eyes fits in the middle of this book. The Night Calls is such a tense read that it would be very jarring to stop in the middle of the mystery to deal with the case from The Patients Eyes.

Die spannende Geschichte zur Entstehung der Romanfigur Sherlock Holmes geht weiter. Aber die Geschichte entwickelt sich völlig anders und viel perfider. Eine ganz neue Perspektive auf den später von Doyle erschaffenen Meisterdetektiv Sherlock Holmes.

After the exceptionally well-crafted "The Patient's Eyes", this second book of the 'Murder Rooms' trilogy is a slight let-down.

The historical note at the end is fairly amazing because it makes you believe for a second that there is some mystery from Doyle's real life that has been covered up. I do feel that Doyle gets a bit annoying with his doubts about Dr. Bell.

The conceit of this book, a very Sherlock Holmesian fictionalized version of the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor Dr Joseph Bell, is a wonderful one.

Der Schreibstil ist angenehm zu lesen und sehr authentisch für die Zeit, in der der Roman spielt.