Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong

  • by Pierre Bayard
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eliminate the impossible, Sherlock Holmes said, and whatever is left must be the solution. But, as Pierre Bayard finds in this dazzling reinvestigation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, sometimes the master missed his mark. Using the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key, Bayard unravels the case, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes - and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle - got things all wrong: The killer is not at all who they said it was.Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head. Examining the many facets of the case and illuminating the bizarre interstices between Doyle's fiction and the real world, Bayard demonstrates a whole new way of reading mysteries: a kind of "detective criticism" that allows readers to outsmart not only the criminals in the stories we love but also the heroes - and sometimes even the writers.


What the Critics Say

"With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not too good.

I hate writing a bad review on a persons work, but I also hate spending money on something I don't like. So here it is, my wife got this book for an early morning driving trip. After 15 minutes my wife was asleep, and that is okay because she wasn't driving. I on the other hand was driving and suffered through 2 hours before turning it off because I was falling asleep. It just doesn't grab you...
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- Kelty

This guy is a little crazy

First, the good: the narration is excellent and the book is relatively short. Now that that part is done, let's get to the bad stuff.

The author starts well, but then spends the middle of the book discussing a strange metaphysical theory where characters from fiction can enter our world and we can enter theirs. It is heavily distracting, and it doesn't help relate his theory that Beryl Stapleton is behind the murders in the book and is perhaps channeling the spirit of the murdered barmaid who was imprisoned by Hugo Baskerville at the beginning of the story.

It's an interesting story, raising good questions about the case as related by Doyle's pen. It is well written so as to keep you guessing as to who Bayard will eventually accuse once he gets done with his odd inability to distinguish between reality and fiction. All told, I probably wouldn't pick up anything else by this author but definitely would look for stuff from this narrator.
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- Matthew S. Maynard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio