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The Infernal Device and Others: A Professor Moriarty Omnibus (Professor Moriarty #1,2,5)

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Since their original appearanc more than two decades ago, Michael Kurland's two novels feature Professor James Moriarty--The Infernal Device and Death by Gaslight--have been among the most acclaimed of the works based on the characters first introduced by Authur Conan Doyle. In Doyle's original stories, Professor Moriarty is the bete noire of Sherlock Holmes, who deems the ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Minotaur Books
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Really enjoyed these. I can't think of anything to carp about. There was no annoying sex, but a bit of romance - which did not run smoothly. It isn't gut-wrenchingly funny, but there are nice little amusing bits. I appreciate the research and detail that went into them.

Kurland tells stories from the pro-Moriarty point of view. The professor has his interests, most of which have to do with astronomy but need money to continue. He therefore sells advice to anyone willing to pay. The Sherlock Holme
Although this is one of many novels to parody the original Sherlock Holmes canon and pillage the characters, there is at least a fresh approach this time. Significantly this parody concerns Holmes' arch nemesis Moriarty. Also instead of trying to copy Arthur Conan Doyle and using Watson as the narrator, the story is told from the point of view of an entirely new character. Tonally there is nothing new, and the central mystery is not too difficult to follow, but we do get a well written escapist ...more
Fantastic additions to the 'Holmes' canon, which also lightly pokes fun at Holmes himself.
The conceit of Moriarty as not simply a protagonist but as nearly a hero is intriguing, but while interesting elements are there, as a whole it's not working for me. I think "Infernal Device" is ripe for a film adaptation -- there are scads of colorful characters (a midget pickpocket! a boxer butler!), espionage, murder, balloons and fireworks. But for me there's something missing -- the characterization of Holmes as blindly bound by the strictures of law seems quite off, for one thing, and ther ...more
Excellent Holmesian pastiche. Great fun. Great collection.
Clever, well written and fun.
Cyn Mcdonald
Two novels, The Infernal Device (1978) and Death by Gaslight (1982), and a much newer short story The Paradol Paradox (2001). So glad I stumbled across this! Very well written, very believable, and Professor Moriarty becomes so much more than a one-dimensional villain.
Ben Chenoweth
This book, incorporating two novels, was a good read. It presents Moriarty's perspective on Sherlock Holmes and it works quite well indeed. The plot in both novels was interesting, with "Death by Gaslight" being perhaps the better of the two.
Made Moriarty boring. I mean, a serious mazel tov from all of us here at 'astounded central'
Shala Howell
Makes Sherlock Holmes out to be a bit of a buffoon, but pleasant enough read anyway.
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Michael Kurland has written many non-fiction books on a vast array of topics, including How to Solve a Murder, as well as many novels. Twice a finalist for the Edgar Award (once for The Infernal Device) given by the Mystery Writers of America, Kurland is perhaps best known for his novels about Professor Moriarty. He lives in Petaluma, California.
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Other Books in the Series

Professor Moriarty (6 books)
  • The Infernal Device
  • Death by Gaslight
  • The Great Game
  • The Empress of India
  • Who Thinks Evil: A Professor Moriarty Novel
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