Day 1245: Moriarty

Cover for MoriartyDespite not being a fan of Sherlock Holmes-based contemporary mysteries, I read Moriarty because I recently enjoyed Magpie Murders. In this case, Sherlock Holmes does not appear, and the only link to the older mysteries, aside from a few characters, is Moriarty himself.

The novel begins right after the Reichenbach Falls incident, when both Holmes and his nemesis, Moriarty, are assumed dead. The body of one man, identified as Moriarty, is found.

Shortly after the incident, two detectives arrive on the scene. One is Frederick Chase, an investigator from Pinkerton’s in the United States. The other is Inspector Athelney Jones from Scotland Yard. Chase reports that he has been following Moriarty with information that he was meeting with Clarence Devereaux, a criminal mastermind from New York who purportedly wants to join forces with Moriarty. No one has ever seen Devereaux, but the Pinkertons understand he suffers from extreme agoraphobia. Chase and Jones team up to find him.

This, however, is not an easy quest. Every time the two men get a lead, someone is murdered. Soon, the two investigators must fear for their own lives.

I found this novel clever, but there was something missing from it. I don’t know how else to describe my reaction. I was just a little underwhelmed, even though there were twists and turns.

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7 thoughts on “Day 1245: Moriarty

  1. The Paperback Princess July 26, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    I also really enjoyed The Magpie Murders. I just picked up The Word is Murder and wondered about Moriarty. Maybe a library selection?

  2. FictionFan July 26, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    I enjoyed this one more than you, I think, mainly because I didn’t see the twist coming! I also enjoyed the earlier one The House of Silk which is more like a traditional Holmes story with both Holmes and Watson it. But in general I prefer people to leave the oldies alone and create their own fictional worlds…

  3. themisanthropologist July 31, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I want to read this. I just finished The House of Silk and it was pretty good. I also enjoyed Magpie Murders.

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