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Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall that claimed the lives of Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, must track down a sinister figure who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty's successor.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, Harper Perennial [2014]
ISBN: 9780062377180
Call Number: HOROWITZ, A


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What happens after the fall? Horowitz conjures up a tale about the nemesis, rather than the hero.

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Apr 27, 2020

This was my first Horowitz novel and it's also my last. It has too much profound violence, a weak story line, and a disgusting end. Don't bother with this one.

Jul 17, 2019

I admittedly love to read anything with a Sherlock Holmes tie-in. That being said I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It’s a mystery with a second mystery going on inside the story. I found it compelling and read it slowly to make sure I didn’t miss any clues. Other reviewers were not found of the violence but if you like a dark mystery with a twist then I believe you will enjoy this book.

Apr 29, 2019

I was very impressed with it, although I saw one or two flaws, maybe accidental, maybe deliberate, but not explained. In one scene, Inspector MacDonald says, he never met Holmes himself, which is particularly strange, considering the story MacDonald appears in is The Valley of Fear, which is set before the events of the story, and concern Moriarty. When the crimes of Moriarty are gone through in the last chapter, the events of The Valley of Fear are still not referred to. Maybe this is deliberate on Horowitz's part, and the events of the Valley of Fear do not exist in the universe of the story. Otherwise, a gripping story and an interesting twist on the legend.

Mar 04, 2019

Hated this book. Uses a literary device that I despise.

Feb 21, 2019

I hated this book until very very end... And then I still hated it but less. Moriarty gets 2 stars for the plot twist which I actually didn't see coming (I always see plot twists coming). You either think it's genius or disgusting. I see it somewhere between.

Jul 29, 2017

I wasn't impressed with this story. It was very "just-in-case-you-missed-it" with its storytelling and overall mystery. I didn't appreciate how everything was slowly spoonfed to you. It was a lot of 4's instead of 2+2's. It was obvious how Moriarty was involved even though it was weird how he was "absent" for most of the story. I wasn't invested in the story, or the mystery. It felt like a wannabe Sherlock Holmes story. It could have been better. It makes me sad because I love a good Sherlock Holmes story and this was like...okay.

Sep 03, 2016

Before I got to the end of the story, I was telling my son about it. "It's called 'Moriarty' but there's not much of him in it," I said. Should have seen it coming right then.

Jul 12, 2016

An interesting novel, that is well plotted, however it is excessively violent as others have mentioned. All other things considered it was an okay read, up to the last three chapters then the story turned about and I immediately lost interest in it (primarily due to a total about-face in one of the characters). For those people who love Sherlock Holmes this book will definitely disappoint you. Not Recommended!

Apr 21, 2016

I did not like this book in any way. The vicious excessive violence overshadows any legitimate attempt of the author to make an interesting story out of a different take on a Sherlock novel. The characterizations were boring and the plot pointless, disappointing for me.

Jun 11, 2015

Moriarty is a crime and adventure novel written by the well-known author Anthony Horowitz. This novel is the second in the House of Silk series. Which are a new take on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a 285 page, twenty-two chapter novel. Moriarty is a skillfully written book that will take you on a journey throughout 1890’s London and will have you guessing until the end.
This novel is set five days after Sherlock Holmes and his rival Moriarty fall to their deaths at Reichenbach falls. At a Swiss police station two detectives meet due to the same clue, but for different cases. One of these detectives is a Pinkerton agent (American Investigation Service) Frederick Chase, the narrator of the novel. The other is Scotland Yard detective, Athelney Jones, a former colleague to Sherlock Holmes on a couple of cases. The body of Moriarty is apparently found and both detectives examine the body. This starts a chain reaction of twists and turns which take the two detectives around London and stretches their newfound friendship to the extreme. And as a result Jones’ family duties and his work are tossed into the works. These new friends must capture this new criminal mastermind and reprimand him before all of England comes under his reign. As the blurb states, “The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.”
My favourite moment from the book is when Jones states to one of his informants, “A great evil has come to this country, just as I was warned, and here is the chance to be rid of it once and for all. Come Chase. Let us return to the surface. We have been in the dark for far too long and little time remains.” This is because it is the turning point for detective Jones as he starts to pick up pace and move with the case instead of waiting for the evidence to come to him.
This novel is written by Anthony Horowitz who is a very successful young adult fiction author. He has written series’ such as Alex Rider and The Power of Five. The readers who would enjoy this novel are young adults who are interested in crime fiction and or have read some or all of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The blurb is spot on when it states that Moriarty is, “A relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page.”

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