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Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist, this is written as if Conan Doyle were at Horowitz's shoulder, and is - in my view - the finest crime novel of the year. (DAILY MAIL)

Is there nothing Anthony Horowitz touches that doesn't turn to gold? ...He captures Conan Doyle's narrative technique to perfection. Gory murders, honest thieves, brilliant disguises, breathless chases and red herrings abound (DAILY EXPRESS)

A relentlessly fast-paced and entertaining read (SUNDAY TIMES)

An unpredictable and twist-filled mystery from start to finish. But what do you expect from the man penning the next James Bond novel? (SHORTLIST)

I hope it won't be the last of Horowitz' Holmes novels: should he publish another, I will be at the front of the queue. (SPECTATOR)

Though Horowitz dishes up the gore and violence with relish, he also offers all the tropes one might expect from a Holmes yarn, including baffling coded messages, impossible murders and clever red herrings... plotting is just as brilliantly gnarly [as THE HOUSE OF SILK] but its tone more self-aware and laced with in-jokes. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

"His new novel, Moriarty, begins with a bravura dissection of Doyle's story "The Final Problem" in which he points out all the discrepancies, loose ends and improbabilities of behaviour. The remainder of the book is partly an ingenious exercise in explaining them away. ...An often excruciatingly exciting pursuit, and there is much casual slaughter, with hints of torture; nothing gratuitous but, as in The House of Silk, Horowitz's Victorian London is a much darker place than Doyle's." (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

"In this skilfully executed follow on, Horowitz takes up the Conan Doyle baton and creates a suitably stylish and twisty detective story." (SUNDAY MIRROR)

THE HOUSE OF SILK, was very popular and a solid piece of work - well constructed, skilfully executed and persuasively tinged with that alluring sooty flavour of 1890s London. His second, MORIARTY, is much the same, but bolder in its ambitions (GUARDIAN)

"The plot is gripping and the writing most readable. In fact I must make a confession: I would rather read Horowitz than his model, Arthur Conan Doyle." (LITERARY REVIEW)

A no-nonsense writer Horowitz proceeds briskly and ladles out spills and thrills with aplomb. Yet, the novel is terribly serious too - the author evokes a sombre atmosphere early on and thereafter cannot seem to shake it. This is a worthy addition to the store of Holmes fan-fic - but not be quite the romp you expected. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

"Ultimately, Moriarty has its cake by playfully re-creating the Sherlock Holmes persona and eats it by poking gentle fun at his methodology - and, by extension, his enduring appeal...Anthony Horowitz may not be the most reverential of the many writers who have attempted to breathe new life into the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, but Moriarty proves that he is certainly one of the most entertaining". (IRISH TIMES)

An exhilarating page-turner (SUNDAY POST)

"Horowitz weaves this mystery together perfectly and his plot twists are unpredictable until the last." (NEWCASTLE JOURNAL)

"A page-turner that is exhilarating and infuriating in equal measure." (EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS)

"Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's London will surely adore this fine addition to the literature, being fast-paced but at this same time fully stocked with proper 'fair-play' clues." (MORNING STAR)

"Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page." (WESTERN MAIL)

"[It's] like Holmes under the influence of Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders... Holmes fans will love the theorising and super-smart twists in this deft and showy work of fandom." (GLASGOW HERALD)

"It's a seamless blend of old friends and new characters. Classic Holmes with a contemporary gloss." (SAGA)

"A cunningly contrived story that takes readers through many twists and turns." (BBC HISTORY)

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A delightfully fiendish crime thriller from the bestselling author of THE HOUSE OF SILK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1977 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (23 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 297 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2015
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"Does anyone really believe what happened at the Reichenbach Falls? A great many accounts have been written but it seems to me that all of them have left something to be desired - which is to say, the truth."

Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard travels to Meiringen, Switzerland to view the body of one Professor James Moriarty, which has been pulled from the waters at the foot of the infamous Reichenbach Falls. He is joined - unexpectedly - by a Mr Frederick Chase of the Pinkerton's Detective Agency who has pursued Clarence Devereaux - a notorious New York criminal boss - across the Atlantic to a planned meeting with Moriarty. Together they return to London tracking their quarries' last movements and known associates to a fateful nexus at the heart of the London underworld.

Horowitz first returned Holmes and Watson to us in "House of Silk", a thrilling and complex adventure and a masterful addition to the canon. His next offering - "Moriarty" - remains within that canon but takes an intriguing sidestep, insofar as neither Holmes nor Watson appear at all within the story. Of course, Holmes could not, could he? having died in the icy waters of the same waterfall that claimed his nemesis Moriarty. As it becomes clear that neither of our heroes will be taking part in this story, there is a mounting sense of disappointment. This does dispel to some degree as Jones and Chase take on the mantle of the famous detective and his faithful companion, however they are a pale imitation. Indeed perhaps too much of an imitation and it feels like Horowitz is trying a little too hard to fill Holmes & Watson's boots.
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I absolutely loved House of Silk, and was therefore expecting something equally brilliant second time around. Unfortunately this was not it. For me the first major disappointment is that Holmes and Watson are not part of the story until a rather odd appendix at the end. To call this a Sherlock Holmes novel is therefore very misleading. Secondly, as others have remarked, the final plot twist is to my mind extremely contrived and the last chapter explaining everything that has gone on before that point not what I wanted to read. It almost feels as if the author had misjudged the length of the exam and realising he had to complete his essay simply dashed off everything else in a mad race to the finish. Otherwise, the story is well told with plenty of authentic atmosphere and some genuinely evil villains. Unlike others I didn't find the violence too gruesome nor the length of the story excessive - I did, however, spend much of it waiting and waiting for Sherlock Holmes to appear and brilliantly dissect everything that had gone before. Sadly that never happens and I trust someone will have a word in Horowitz's ear and put him right before he pens another.
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"Moriarty", by Anthony Horowitz opens with a Pinkerton man, Frederick Chase, asking, ‘Does anyone really believe what happened at the Reichenbach Falls?’ He has arrived at Meiringen just in time to join Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard in identifying the body of James Moriarty, and he makes a refreshingly different narrator, appropriate to the dark and bloody events that ensue when his elusive quarry, a vicious American criminal, makes his presence felt in London. Chase and Jones, whose opinion of Holmes and his methods has changed since the Pondicherry Lodge case, make a formidable team. (Jones’s epiphany is recounted by Dr Watson in the story of the Three Monarchs, which forms a neat appendix to the novel.) I confess that I prefer "Moriarty" to "The House of Silk".
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By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2014
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Well, mystery buffs, fiction fans and television lovers will all recognize this name - Professor Moriarty - the arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes.

Anthony Horowitz's new book, Moriarty, takes place mere days after the final confrontation of Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls that resulted in both men's deaths.

Pinkerton Detective Frederick Chase arrives from the US. He is tracking an American criminal kingpin who was to join forces with Moriarty. Could there be a clue left on the body pulled from the bottom of the falls? Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones (who appeared in Doyle's story The Sign of Four) is also at the falls to view the body pulled from the bottom. Jones is a devoted fan of Holmes' methods and escapades. The two join forces to hunt down the kingpin. Chase is the narrator of Moriarty

I had read Horowitz's book The House of Silk (a Sherlock Holmes mystery - my review) and knew I would love this novel as well. The tone, the language and the settings all capture the feel of Doyle's writing style. But Horowitz does not try to mimic or copy the originals. He does put his own stamp on the book. Doyle's estate has approved Horowitz to write these novels.

I felt a delicious frisson of anticipation as the phrase "The game is afoot" was uttered. The clues are there, the deductions are made and twining together of the threads begins as the mystery is slowly pieced together, then the action starts to ramp up as the pair get closer and closer to their quarry and....

....and the final few chapters were fantastic. I had a small little voice saying...'maybe'...as I read, but Horowitz still caught me unawares. And then I had to go back and read the beginning again! Absolutely loved it! Moriarty is definitely recommended. (And I'm really hoping there's another book in the works.)
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