A compulsive puzzler that takes off as if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were alive today. This is a fun read; a period piece with plucky Cockneys, pompous noble folk and swashbuckling Satanists. I enjoyed it. "A winner from the first page to the last shivery sentence" -Kansas City Star
A clever work of fiction which has Arthur Conan Doyle pursuing an evil brotherhood determined to expand its considerable power and influence with fiendish assistance from supernatural forces. Set in Victorian England, this tale is a fast paced thriller by the co-creator of 'Twin Peaks.'
Set in Victorian England, a chilling and diabolical mystery. Evil, death, the occult, "malevolence born of the darkest nightmares" No, it's not Holmes - but a doctor named Doyle - Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle - who's out to solve the mystery... The game's afoot!
After submitting a manuscript to a London publisher, young Arthur Conan Doyle becomes the target of an occult group that bears a coincidental likeness to the subject of his novel. To Doyle's aid comes Jack Sparks, a mysterious and resourceful figure who ultimately serves as Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
This has to be one of the best mystery books I have ever read.
The List of Seven is a well-written, fast-paced, page-turning murder mystery with bits of the occult sprinkled in. Mark Frost's main character is a young Arthur Conan Doyle, a struggling writer and an equally struggling new doctor. When his manuscript 'The Dark Brotherhood' ends up in the wrong hands, that's when things get interesting.
Frost has done a great job of creating a Holmes-like character that will eventually become the inspiration for this fictional Doyle's future stories. Fans of the real Doyle and Holmes will appreciate Frost's ability to create an entertaining, intriguing, and authentic world with a tale that is both creepy and compelling.
This is easily a 5-star book in my opinion. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good 19th century London murder mystery. For fans of the real Sherlock Holmes, this book will not disappoint. It's a win-win for everyone, and an absolute must read.
I'm so glad I persevered with this book, past the slow beginning and rather stiff, formal language, because once it hit its stride, it was a terrific story. The characters were first-rate and the mystery was suitably tangled, with just a twist of horror. Best of all was the clever and well-conceived overall imagining of the origins of Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, and other familiar characters in Arthur Conan Doyle's tales. Very nicely done.
An EXCELLENT book set in the Victorian time of Arthur Conan Doyle. Fast paced and entertaining. Made me go looking for the next book, "The 6 Messiahs." I really wish the author had written more - both books were great.
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed The List of Seven (aka The List of 7) (Arthur Conan Doyle, Bk 1) on
Arthur Conan Doyle meets Jack Sparks, a secret agent of sorts who inspires him to create the immortal Sherlock Holmes. The story begins as the city of London sleeps, there are those in its midst who conspire to rule the world through the darkest means. There are seven, seated in positions of extraordinary power and influence, who join together.
In the aftermath of a bloody seance and a terrifying supernatural contact, a courageous young doctor finds himself drawn into a malevolent conspiracy beyond human comprehension.
The future is not safe, as a thousand-year reign of pure evil is about to begin, unless these 7 can unravel the unspeakable mysteries behind a crime far more terrible than murder.
This was a good mix of mystery, historical fiction and the supernatural. I liked how the characteristics of Holmes and Watson were displayed in Sparks and Doyle, respectively. While some scenes did get a bit clichéd, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book in the series, The Six Messiahs.