Review by Ann McDonald
The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling 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.
This novel takes us back to the alleged demise of Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. The narrator of this story is a Mr. Frederick Chase, a senior Detective Investigator at Pinkerton’s Agency in New York. He travels to the falls in the hopes of finding some clues as to the whereabouts of an American named Clarence Devereaux, a man set to take the place of Moriarty in the English criminal hierarchy. At Reichenbach Falls, he meets with Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard and they decide to become allies.
Chase persuades Jones to listen to his plans, he believes Clarence Devereaux is somewhere in London and that he was responsible for the execution of his agent Jonathan Pilgrim and that he intends to take over London’s underworld. He is cruel and ruthless and will stop at absolutely nothing to become the Lord of evil. Unfortunately, the story rambles back and forth and while you grasp that Jones considers himself a follower in Holmes’ footsteps and Chase as Watson, the whole narrative unravels in a very unsatisfactory manner.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes might take this and have some fun with it but I found it very boring and with the big reveal at the end, I couldn’t see how author Anthony Horowitz could have ended the way he did. Am I reading boys own? If you are a fan, enjoy but I found it a terrible waste of time.
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