HOLMES IS DEAD… And darkness falls!
What really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor James Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls?
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Format: 285 pages; Paperback
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty–dubbed “the Napoleon of crime”–in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.
Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall’s churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place–including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.
Chase is assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes’s methods of deduction, whom Conan Doyle introduced in The Sign of Four. The two men join forces and fight their way through the sinuous streets of Victorian London–from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the Docks–in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.
Riveting and deeply atmospheric, Moriarty is the first Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by the author’s estate since Horowitz’s House of Silk. This tale of murder and menace breathes life into Holmes’s fascinating world, again proving that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however im- probable, must be the truth.
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as “The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century.” (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Collision, among his other television works he has written episodes for Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. Anthony became patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices in 2009.
On 19 January 2011, the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle announced that Horowitz was to be the writer of a new Sherlock Holmes novel, the first such effort to receive an official endorsement from them and to be entitled the House of Silk.
NOTE: You can enjoy this book even if you haven’t read the first one, The House of Silk, which was good for me because I haven’t read the first one!
This book follows Agent Frederick Chase and Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction as they go through and try to locate the individual who is staking his claim as Moriarty’s successor. This novel is very much like the Sherlock Holmes books and has a lot of mystery and intrigue sprinkled throughout the entire book. It was a lot of fun to keep on guessing how things were going to turn out while reading. The fact that the plot was very fast moving really helped to add to the intrigue of the book. Some people have said that the book was predictable from the beginning, I didn’t think so. I enjoyed reading it and trying to put the clues together. Some of the clues were really hidden and so I didn’t think the answer was obvious from the beginning.
I enjoyed both Chase and Jones, as well as the other characters who were introduced throughout the book. Every new character who was introduced was a suspect, which really added to the book. Although I enjoyed Chase and Jones, they didn’t blow me away (and they definitely could not replace Sherlock and Watson- something I probably needed to get over since they are different characters, but this caused me to not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would… I expected more).
Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was really well written. If you like Sherlock, then I recommend that you check this book out.
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