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While a young medical student at Edinburgh Arthur Conan Doyle famously studied under the remarkable Dr Joseph Bell Taking this as a starting point David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller which partners Bell and Doyle as pioneers in criminal investigation exploring the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running below the surface of the Victorian era The Patient's Eyes moves from Edinburgh and the. The Patient s Eyes is the first novel in a series about Arthur Conan Doyle I inadvertently read the third novel The Dark Water first and although I liked it well enough 40 I wanted to begin the series in proper order The author previously wrote the screenplays for two BBC made for TV movies Murder Rooms and Murder Rooms The Patient s Eyes later shown on PBS in the US The majority of his career has been as a critic and writer of mystery and horror screenplays and films In this book he begins a series that while fictional attempts to show how medical student Doyle s family life and knowledge of here association with Professor Dr Joseph Bell became involved in adventures that are the basis of his most famous creationIn this book the author sets up the framing story that causes Doyle the first person narrator to set pen to paper The bulk of this volume concerns a case mystery that occurred during Doyle s early days as a doctor but it has additional framing material that describes his home life and some of his time as a student Although it might have been confusing the story is laid out uite well and the transitions are easy to follow By setting the story in these three different time periods Mr Pirie is able to have the essential points of the story cleanly presented Doyle himself establishes the similarities between his real life adventures and those he created later on in the framing tale In the recollections of his medical school days Doyle tells us of his attitudes towards being a Doctor his father s mental and physical illness and his feelings about Dr Bell and his methods Lastly there is the primary narrative that concerns the patient and crimes in a small English seaside townTaken on it s own merits this book is interesting and well written If the names Doyle and Bell were substituted for Smith and Jones and the literary career was stripped out of the framing tale this would still be an engaging book I thought that the twist of having Doyle bear the brunt of a fellow graduate s plot was an excellent addition to what might have been an okay mystery By developing the richer story line and I do not know how much of little of it may be historically accurate Mr Pirie keeps the reader interested and the pacing fast As a further side story he introduces ciphers codes both as part of this plot and as an item that is of interest to Dr Bell Personally I enjoyed this foray into cryptography very muchIn this book we get our first meeting between student Doyle and Professor Bell Doyle is a brash and skeptic young man While smart and occasionally observant he stumbles through the logic and practice of Bell s method in much the same way and with similar success as Watson does with Holmes The parallels are impossible to ignore as throughout their scenes together Doyle is the misguided and emotional eual of Watson in almost every way Given that this book and series is cast as The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes this isn t too surprising nor is it unwelcome but there were a few places where I thought that Doyle should have been sharper ie observant or logical I am one that likes to see Watson portrayed as less of a bumbler despite my fondness for Nigel Bruce and since Doyle was smart enough to create Holmes one would think that he might have a few flashes of brillianceOn the whole I thought that this was a well constructed researched and written novel I liked how the author established the story and designed the book to be the first in a series This book did not leave me feeling unsatisfied for at its end nor did it feel strained to set up the series I don t think you need to be a fan of the real life Doyle or Sherlock Holmes to appreciate and enjoy this book it can stand on it s own uite well Give it a try Out of Bounds (Boundaries, under the remarkable Dr Joseph Bell Taking this as a starting point David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller which partners Bell and Doyle as pioneers in criminal investigation exploring the strange Grass, Sky, Song underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running below the surface of the Victorian era The Patient's Eyes moves from Edinburgh and the. The Patient s Eyes is the first novel in a series about Arthur Conan Doyle I inadvertently read the third novel The Dark Water first and although I liked it well enough 40 I wanted to begin the series in proper order The author previously wrote the screenplays for two BBC made for TV movies Murder Rooms and Murder Rooms The Patient s Eyes later shown on PBS in the US The majority of his career has been as a critic and writer of mystery and horror screenplays and films In this book he begins a series that while fictional attempts to show how medical student Doyle s family life and knowledge of here association with Professor Dr Joseph Bell became involved in adventures that are the basis of his most famous creationIn this book the author sets Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos up the framing story that causes Doyle the first person narrator to set pen to paper The bulk of this volume concerns a case mystery that occurred during Doyle s early days as a doctor but it has additional framing material that describes his home life and some of his time as a student Although it might have been confusing the story is laid out The Illusionists uite well and the transitions are easy to follow By setting the story in these three different time periods Mr Pirie is able to have the essential points of the story cleanly presented Doyle himself establishes the similarities between his real life adventures and those he created later on in the framing tale In the recollections of his medical school days Doyle tells O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, us of his attitudes towards being a Doctor his father s mental and physical illness and his feelings about Dr Bell and his methods Lastly there is the primary narrative that concerns the patient and crimes in a small English seaside townTaken on it s own merits this book is interesting and well written If the names Doyle and Bell were substituted for Smith and Jones and the literary career was stripped out of the framing tale this would still be an engaging book I thought that the twist of having Doyle bear the brunt of a fellow graduate s plot was an excellent addition to what might have been an okay mystery By developing the richer story line and I do not know how much of little of it may be historically accurate Mr Pirie keeps the reader interested and the pacing fast As a further side story he introduces ciphers codes both as part of this plot and as an item that is of interest to Dr Bell Personally I enjoyed this foray into cryptography very muchIn this book we get our first meeting between student Doyle and Professor Bell Doyle is a brash and skeptic young man While smart and occasionally observant he stumbles through the logic and practice of Bell s method in much the same way and with similar success as Watson does with Holmes The parallels are impossible to ignore as throughout their scenes together Doyle is the misguided and emotional eual of Watson in almost every way Given that this book and series is cast as The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes this isn t too surprising nor is it One for My Baby unwelcome but there were a few places where I thought that Doyle should have been sharper ie observant or logical I am one that likes to see Watson portrayed as less of a bumbler despite my fondness for Nigel Bruce and since Doyle was smart enough to create Holmes one would think that he might have a few flashes of brillianceOn the whole I thought that this was a well constructed researched and written novel I liked how the author established the story and designed the book to be the first in a series This book did not leave me feeling Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, unsatisfied for at its end nor did it feel strained to set We up the series I don t think you need to be a fan of the real life Doyle or Sherlock Holmes to appreciate and enjoy this book it can stand on it s own The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, uite well Give it a try

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Is soon forgotten as Doyle finds himself embroiled in threatening events including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman events that call for the intervention of the eminent Dr Bell But despite coming to Doyle's aid perversely Dr Bell considers the murder of Senor Garcia a rather unimportant diversion from the far sinister matter which has brought him south the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclis. It s not about Holmes Wait oh it sort of is OK then It s not as Holmsey as you think it s uh Doylinian and BelianI made that up on the fly but it s got Holmes sprinkled in with it Props to the author for taking a different route then the lousy burned crispy pastiche but then again some parts of it were like Sherlock Holmes looped on replay given the new name of Bell cut straight out of the original canon There s a scene with a cyclist pretty much the same as the solitary cyclist in the Holmes books In fact there were many scenes pretty much copy pasted It took away from me being completely shocked and left me with strange sense of deja vu The White Nights of Ramadan unimportant diversion from the far sinister matter which has brought him south the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclis. It s not about Holmes Wait oh it sort of is OK then It s not as Holmsey as you think it s The Black Ice Score (Parker, up on the fly but it s got Holmes sprinkled in with it Props to the author for taking a different route then the lousy burned crispy pastiche but then again some parts of it were like Sherlock Holmes looped on replay given the new name of Bell cut straight out of the original canon There s a scene with a cyclist pretty much the same as the solitary cyclist in the Holmes books In fact there were many scenes pretty much copy pasted It took away from me being completely shocked and left me with strange sense of deja vu

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Strange circumstances surrounding Doyle's meeting with the remarkable Joseph Bell to Southsea where he begins his first medical practice There he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before Heather has a strange eye complaint but is also upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed This enigma however. It might have been a better idea for me to read Sherlock Holmes stories before reading this fictional take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his supposed inspiration Dr Joseph Bell I ve read a handful here and there over the years so I recognized Holmes famed methodology in Bell but I do wonder if I missed any references due to not being well read I should have read my two complete volumes of Sherlock Holmes stories first but those are packed away in storage and this book was sitting on the shelf in the library beckoning to meRegardless of all that it was an intriguing mystery A little disjointed as far as the flow of the story but pretty solid overall There are two books that follow this one up and I plan on starting on them right away Encounters with Rauschenberg upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed This enigma however. It might have been a better idea for me to read Sherlock Holmes stories before reading this fictional take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his supposed inspiration Dr Joseph Bell I ve read a handful here and there over the years so I recognized Holmes famed methodology in Bell but I do wonder if I missed any references due to not being well read I should have read my two complete volumes of Sherlock Holmes stories first but those are packed away in storage and this book was sitting on the shelf in the library beckoning to meRegardless of all that it was an intriguing mystery A little disjointed as far as the flow of the story but pretty solid overall There are two books that follow this one Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up and I plan on starting on them right away

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Patient’s Eyes
  • David Pirie
  • English
  • 23 March 2018
  • 9780099478782

About the Author: David Pirie

David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar nominated film Breaking the Waves David Pirie lives in Somerset



10 thoughts on “The Patient’s Eyes

  1. says:

    This epitome of apocryphal Sherlockiana Doyle iana? has been reviewed at length by people accomplished and by professionals who know

  2. says:

    I have been looking for a series for uite some time now without any luck While 'The Patient's Eyes' is the first in a trilogy rather than a series I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I'm eagerly looking forward to readin

  3. says:

    The Patient's Eyes is the first novel in a series about Arthur Conan Doyle I inadvertently read the third novel The Dark Water first

  4. says:

    I was a little ways into this book when I realized it was in part the basis for an excellent film I viewed last year Dr Bell and Mr DoyleDavid Pirie's debut novel introduces Scots medical student Arthur Conan Doyle to his mentor Dr Joseph Bell and several years later involves them both in a difficult case when Doyle receives a copy of one of his Sherlock Holmes stories with an address annotated in the middle of an illustration

  5. says:

    Sherlock Holmes is rud to be based on Doctor Bell and this story takes us to Arthur Conan Doyle's apprenticeship Watson to

  6. says:

    It might have been a better idea for me to read Sherlock Holmes stories before reading this fictional take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his supposed inspiration Dr Joseph Bell I've read a handful here and there over the years so I recognized Holmes' famed methodology in Bell but I do wonder if I missed any references due to not being well read

  7. says:

    It's not about Holmes Wait oh it sort of is??? OK then It's not as Holmsey as you think it's uh Doylinian and BelianI made that up on the fly but it's got Holmes sprinkled in with it Props to the author for taking

  8. says:

    I really loved the book The cover already made me curious and the interior is even better Both thumbs up for this masterpiece about Do

  9. says:

    I really liked this book Sherlock Holmes is my guy so my standards are pretty high Interesting take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his relationship with Doctor Bell the supposed mentor for Sherlock Twist at the end caught me off guard too

  10. says:

    In David Pirie's debut novel we are given his account of how Arthur Conan Doyle meets Dr Joseph Bell who is considered to be Doyle'

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