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The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls by John R. King
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Jan 10, 10

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Read in January, 2010

It turns out that Watson got the details of Holmes and Moriarty's confrontation at Reichenbach Falls wrong not once, but twice. It was Holmes who was thrown over the Falls, not Moriarty. Luckily Holmes is rescued by the picnicking Thomas Carnacki and Anna Schmidt -- although the accident has robbed him of his memory.

The trio are immediately set upon by Moriarty and it's not long before Holmes is imprisoned in a sanitarium, Carnacki is gravely wounded, and Anna reveals herself to be the conflicted daughter of the evil Professor Moriarty.

It's a thrilling set-up which is derailed by the middle of the book which contains the memoir of Professor Moriarty. Here we learn of his background, how he came to learn the calculus of crime and his corruption from Cambridge professor to Napoleon of Crime -- which copies the classic Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold" down to its Jack the Ripper tie-in.

By pairing Holmes with Thomas Carnacki, a paranormal detective created by William Hope Hodgson, readers expect a supernatural mystery. But the book gets lost in pseudoscience. Whatever promise The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls showed in the beginning is lost as one ridiculous event follows another.
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