Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club

Robert J. Harris

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  • Popular author Robert J. Harris brings the young Conan Doyle to life
  • An ingenious detective story full of twists, turns and shocking reveals
  • This exciting new series will appeal to all amateur sleuths

Before the world meets Sherlock Homes, twelve-year-old Artie Conan Doyle has his own mysteries to solve. Will Artie survive encounters with graveyards, hounds and ghosts in foggy Edinburgh? Or will his first case be his last?

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
192 pages
Publication date:
16 Feb 2017
Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries


One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve.

While sneaking out to explore Greyfriars Kirkyard by night, Artie and his best friend Ham spot a ghostly lady in grey and discover the footprints of a gigantic hound. Could the two mysteries be connected?

These strange clues lead them to a series of robberies carried out by the sinister Gravediggers' Club and soon they find themselves pitted against the villainous Colonel Braxton Dash.

Will Artie survive his encounters with graveyards and ghosts in the foggy streets of nineteenth century Edinburgh -- or will his first case be his last?

Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and William Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in this ingenious detective story full of twists, turns and clever reveals.


'The ingenious plot is rich enough to keep you guessing until the very end. A great series to snatch the attention of reluctant readers away from screens and get them reading.’
-- Carousel

'With several nods to the original stories this is a hugely enjoyable crime mystery which this huge Holmes fan absolutely loved.'
-- Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell's

'I LOVED IT! As a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes books I thought the characterisation of these books were spot on! ... A perfect combination of a classic mystery and a new adventure.'
-- Sharleen Creasey, Seven Stories

'It was just very refreshing to be able to find something for my son that he can read which is both fun and has an educational tone to it by teaching kids to be more observant.'
-- Artistic Bent blog

'As soon as you turn the page, you find yourself instantly transported back to 19th century Edinburgh [...] This is a very enjoyable detective story consisting of some brilliant dialogue. It has a fantastic ending which makes a good impression for the rest of the series. '
-- Mr Ripley

'This is a clever and creative imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle as a middle school kid detective with his sidekick, Hamilton. It is a fun read and [...] I am reminded a bit of old school Enid Blyton and Franklin Dixon series novels.'
-- GoodReads

'I would recommend this read to children who have not been introduced to Sherlock Holmes. It is a really creative spin to focus on the author as a child.'
-- NetGalley

'This is a fun, exciting adventure with the main character being the young Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. [...] This is a perfect book for 6th grade and up, especially those who like Sherlock or Elementary.'
-- NetGalley

'This new series is a welcome addition to those dealing with the formative years of other real and literary heroes [...]It is ideal for readers of 9+ looking for an adventure story, and one to hopefully lead them on to the source material later.'
-- Armadillo

'An entertaining story'.
-- The Sherlock Holmes Journal

'The plot is filled with twists and turns, keeping even the most reluctant reader engaged. VERDICT An enticing mystery for fans of detective fiction who may not be ready to tackle the real Conan Doyle's works.'
-- School Library Journal

'This quick read with likeable characters has just enough camaraderie, spookiness, and suspense to capture tepid readers. As an added attraction, young readers can glean some facts about the celebrated author.'
-- School Library Connection

'Robert Harris has written a 19th century crime story, which weaves historical detail and interest into its plot to create a fast-moving and well-written novel. [...] This is a highly readable book for 9—13 both as a gripping mystery novel but also as a staging post for further historical research and perhaps as a precursor to reading the real Conan Doyle books in maturity.'
-- School Library Association


Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons and his dog. He is the author of many children's books, including Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, Leonardo and the Death Machine and zany Norse-god trilogy The World's Gone Loki!.

You can also visit the author's own website at


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