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Publisher's Summary

The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the best-selling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty's death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place - including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction originally introduced by Conan Doyle in The Sign of Four, must forge a path through the darkest corners of England's capital - from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the London 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.

A riveting, deeply atmospheric tale of murder and menace from the only writer to earn the seal of approval from Conan Doyle's estate, Moriarty breathes life into Holmes's dark and fascinating world.

©2014 Anthony Horowitz (P)2014 Harper Collins Publishers

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Excellent story and presentation!

I could not be more pleased with this story. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I was not disappointed at all! The narrator was absolutely incredible and I will definitely look for other stories voiced by him!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Predictable story line. Terrible American accents.

What disappointed you about Moriarty?

The story was fairly predictable and the American Pinkerton agent was a joke in every respect. His accent varied between that of a New York street thug and a Boston tough guy. Neither of which made any sense given his middle to upper class background. In addition, the street-wise accent was in complete contrast to the stiff, formal dialog written for this character (I don't think he used a single contraction in the entire book). The author continually came up with bizarre/flowery vocabulary or phrases that would never be associated with a New York detective (high class or low brow). Last but not least, Inspector Jones continually tells Chase how much he values his help in the investigation. However, other than loyalty, I can't think of much that Chase actually contributed to the process. He simply seemed to be along for the ride. All of the incongruities in this key character made the book extremely difficult to listen to and impossible to enjoy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The American accents and pronunciations were not up to par.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Moriarty

A surprisingly good book with an excellent voice actor with a surprise twist at the end. Highly recommended to anyone.

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Too distracting to finish

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Julian Rhind-Tutt's American accent. His work as Silas in The Graveyard Book full cast reading was splendid. This one was distracting.

If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Horowitz before, how does this one compare?

I thoroughly enjoyed The House of Silk. Since I am not going to finish listening but rather read Moriarty instead. I'm not sure. I appreciate Horowitz' work in Foyle's War especially.

What didn’t you like about Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi ’s performance?

I didn't listen long enough to hear Jacobi's performance. His work is always outstanding & his Holmes readings are wonderful.

I was so distracted by Rhind-Tutt's pronunciation of words using his Americanized accent. I stopped listening to the narrative and began waiting for another English pronunciation in a an American accent (ex. "glacier", "herbal" pronounced as British do but with American vowels, etc.).

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not sure, I'll know after I read the book.

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WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!

First of all, let me say that I am a great fan of both Sherlock Holmes and Pinkerton's and was delighted to find a book that promised so much creativity.

Unfortunately, the storyline has too many anomalies, as well as character inconsistencies...don't give up...just get a good editor!

Derek Jacobi was an excellent narrator as Smith and Moriarty as usual, and I'm grateful he had the last few chapters by himself.

The "Anerican" voice actor greatly mispronounced so many supposedly American English words I can only hope he volunteered for this project. Before he expects an American audience to receive him as one who takes his job seriously, he'll have to learn to say words like "glacier", "clerk", "lever", etc. like we do. And don't try to pass your character off as an educated man from a rich family of the 19th century in New York while at the same time using a low class, New Jersey, 20th century accent. Listening to you is like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not sure. It's a little heavy. Sometime it gets lost in it's own story. Maybe on the next listen I catch what ever I lost in the story. It might be that I'm looking for Holmes and he's not there. Moriarity was always like an after thought.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I think the story dragged in a few spots. The narration was ok. Maybe if it was a shorter book.

Did Moriarty inspire you to do anything?

No.

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Awesome

Amazing twist
A "page turner"
Def a keeper; can't wait for the next one
Now I will read the first in the series

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My Two Cents - Very Fun Book

I just wanted to write a review because it seems that the written reviews are either "This is a great book!" or "Dreadful! Horrible!"

I thought the book was a very fun listen. I am not an avid Sherlock Holmes reader, so that may be the difference. I loved House of Silk and am very glad I used a credit for this. The narrator's American accent was good enough and it did not bother me, although I did prefer his posh accent.

What made the book fun for me was trying to anticipate the twist. I had a couple of theories and even though the end was indeed one I had contemplated, I was still very surprised. In fact, some of my surmises were WAY off, so I was very invested in finding out the ending.

I am new to Anthony Horowitz's books and I LOVE THEM. I recommend Magpie Murders and hope he is working on another spin off type of novel (one based on a golden age writer.)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book!

I extremely enjoyed it! Very much like reading Sherlock Holmes. And I couldn't believe the twist at the end.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 07-20-16

A Marvelous Twist at the end....

With an hour left to go in this one I had already decided I "liked it".... then WHAMMO! The reader gets broadsided. A very good book went to REALLY GOOD.

I have to be careful not to spoil your pleasure with too much info here. I was sorta familiar with Doyle's Holmes, Watson, Moriarty et al but certainly not a Holmes-ophile. A general familiarity going in will help... but still have you vulnerable for the delicious GOTCHA with an hour to go.

Long time readers of a certain genre / certain authors take comfort in their "formulas" and knowing certain elements will take place in each book / movie. "Bond Movies" are a perfect example. "Moriarty" was moving along "in formula" and THEN ..... :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful