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

Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall's churning depths, Frederick Chase
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Harper (first published October 23rd 2014)
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Dennis Henley House of Silk was better. To say why would spoil Moriarty. Be aware that neither Dr. Watson nor Sherlock Holmes are main characters in the book.

The de…more
House of Silk was better. To say why would spoil Moriarty. Be aware that neither Dr. Watson nor Sherlock Holmes are main characters in the book.

The denouement may annoy some readers.

I'm still glad I read it.(less)
Stephanie No complete or satisfactory answer is given by the end of the novel. Some suggestion was made that Holmes was keeping an eye on things from this room,…moreNo complete or satisfactory answer is given by the end of the novel. Some suggestion was made that Holmes was keeping an eye on things from this room, but it appears that he did not influence the plot of the book in any way (something I find hard to believe for SH).(less)

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Sean Barrs
Sherlock Holmes is dead! What an excellent selling point for a book; it made me want to read it. I think half of me was disgusted and the other half, deeply intrigued. First point to note, I have been a little cryptic in my review because if I said too much, I would spoil the marvellous ending which, of course, makes this book into something quite superb.


Sherlock Holmes and his archenemy, Moriarty, are both dead: they have fallen over a cliff after a struggle. Moriarty’s body is found with a c
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll start by saying that I thought the first book in this series, The House of Silk, was so wonderful that I was really excited about Moriarty. I'm a keen Holmes fan and in addition to reading all the originals, I've read a number of Holmes novels which have been written by other people.

Ok. This novel was absolutely awful; it was predictable, choppy, it didn't flow, there was a long explanation about what happened at the Reichenbach Falls that served very little purpose, the characters lacked
Hasham Rasool
I don't want to say too much. I don't expect what has happened at the end.

I think Jones and Chase are very good partnership as detectives. I am not sure which partnership I prefer Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson or Athelney Jones and Frederick Chase. I think I like both of them.

I love this book Alhamdulillah.

I really like 'The House of Silk' and 'Moriarty' a lot Alhamdulillah but I think the twist scene in 'Moriarty' is a lot better than 'The House of Silk'.

I would recommend anyone and these
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
I enjoyed The House of Silk very much so I was looking forward to this follow up, and I was not at all disappointed.

Moriarty is written as the POV of Frederick Chase, a senior investigator from Pinkerton's Detective Agency in the USA. As the book proceeds he partners up with Inspector Athelney Jones from Scotland Yard and their relationship becomes an imitation of Watson and Holmes.

The book is written in the style of the original Sherlock books and it moves at quite a pace with dead bodies falli
J.K. Grice
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another unbelievable Sherlock Holmes installment from Anthony Horowitz. This man is amazing!
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won my first Goodreads giveaway! So excited to get this book in the mail :)


Thank you to the publisher for this free ARC.

I think this is more of a 3.5, but I'm rounding it up to a 4 because the second half of the book really got things going.

An American criminal mastermind crosses the sea to entangle himself within England's web of crime, and all hell breaks loose. Two investigators, one American and one English, come together to find him and shut him down. Holmes and Watson weren't in
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

In this 2nd book in Anthony Horowitz's "Sherlock Holmes' series, the body of Holme's nemesis Moriarty is found. The book can be read as a standalone.


Several days after Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty go over the Reichenbach Falls, a dead body - identified as Moriarty - is fished out of the water. Two detectives descend on the scene: Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton Agent from New York and Athelny Jones from Scotland Yard.

At the urging of Chase, Moriarty's body is sea
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I love Doyle. I adore Holmes and Watson. The television shows, old and new... like them. The 7% Solution --book and movie-- loved!! This book. Nope.

I can understand why others might like it. If I were stuck on a plane for 3 hours I'd be happy enough reading it. But otherwise, I'd like me time back, please.

There were a number of disappointments, but in general if the words weren't supposed to be from Victorian times, they would have been okay. The crisp language of Doyle though, is not reproduced
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I had heard a lot about ‘The House of Silk’, the first book in this series. Unfortunately, I could not get my hands on it. When I received the review copy of Moriarty from the publishers, I was really excited to get into it.

The Story picks up from the Reichenbach Falls, where Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis meet their end. Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase and Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard join up to solve the case of the new mastermind who takes up the criminal vacuum left by Mo
Elizabeth George
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recomended-reads
This is one heck of a clever book and a diverting read. The many-talented Anthony Horowitz gives us a post Reichenbach Falls novel featuring a Scotland Yard detective and a Pinkerton's Detective Agency detective who meet up where Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty took their fatal fall together. A body has washed up and it's Moriarty's. This is a first person narrative written by the Pinkerton man, done in Victorian style in much the same way Conan Doyle wrote. It hearkens back to Agatha Christie's mo ...more
I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it very much.

I would never have thought that a story about Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty could be told without featuring either one of them, but here it is.

The narration on this is terrific and I thought the story great fun, even if I did miss Holmes and Watson.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Excellent Story, Well Told, with a Totally Surprising Ending. But...

Illustration: Professor Moriarty, by Sidney Paget. Strand Magazine, 1893. Public Domain.

3.5 stars

This book, is, of course, a new Sherlock Holmes story written by famous British writer Anthony Horowitz with the blessings of the Arthur Conan Doyle estate.

Horowitz is an extraordinary story teller. He knows how to build suspense, create an atmosphere of dread, etc.

He also knows how to craft a story that could have been written by Ar
Jamie Bernthal
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Between butchering Sherlock Holmes and turning the well-hacked corpse of James Bond to puree, Anthony Horowitz cast his beady eye on Professor Moriarty. A creation of Arthur Conan Doyle, Moriarty barely features in canon but has taken on a life of his own in adaptations, pastiches, parodies, and tributes of all stripes. The Napoleon of Crime, his name is almost as well-known as that of the great detective.

So Horowitz presents us with a story in the Conanical universe featuring Inspectors Atheln
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If you’re a Sherlock junky like me, then go get this book. Moriarty is one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiche I’ve ever read, which is surprising because neither the great detective or his scribbling protege make an actual appearance. And that’s all I can say because anything else would risk spoiling. I hope Horowitz continues to write these Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle Estate sanctioned stories. He brings a new twist to them, exploring and expanding upon the canon. And he has a real gif ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, crime-fiction
Moriarty is the follow up, but not a direct sequel, to the 2011 book The House of Silk. It takes place immediately after the infamous events at the Reichenbach Falls, in which both Holmes and Moriarty are thought to have plummeted to their deaths in a violent watery grave.

I believe this was a bold move by Anthony Horowitz as he presents us with a Sherlock Holmes novel minus Sherlock Holmes himself. The synopsis does sound very intriguing. Moriarty is thought to be dead but there is little rest f
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great continuation of the Sherlock Holmes story!

Moriarty picks up after Sherlock Holmes' presumed death at the Reichenbach Falls. This new novel by Horowitz follows Detective Athelney Jones and Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase as they investigate a new crime syndicate that is taking over London.

I'll be honest: I spent the first half of the book enjoying the story but thinking this was a three-star mystery. But the turn of events in the last quarter of the book made me appreciate it more a

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Swimming across the pond from São Paulo to the Cusp, then onto Wandaful. Thankee dear thing. I look forward to it.
Berengaria di Rossi
Horowitz was taking a huge risk with the structuring of this novel...or was he? A fan-fic of the Sherlock Holmes universe that has the approval of the Conan Doyle Estate is bound to have a metric ton of readers, so why not play a little? And play he does!

Is the dialogue wooden and/or overly campy? Yes, quite often.

Are the 11th hour saves rather unbelievable? Yes, nobody's that lucky.

Are the characters rather sad and/or bizarre in their evilness? Utterly, but then the Victorians loved that, se
Moriarty is much more difficult than The House of Silk to write about. Moriarty is an excellent book (I think?), but I'm not sure that is an excellent Sherlock Holmes book, and not merely because Holmes isn't in it. This is almost entirely down to expectations.

This is the follow-up to The House of Silk and has the official backing of the Doyle Estate. As such, there are expectations of tone that this book doesn't quite meet. It is difficult to knock that though, because if it was an exact match
Completely. Shooked.


This is how I looked reading the last 10% of this book.
Anthony Horowitz has managed it again! What starts out as a normal mystery after the death of Sherlock Holmes turns into a full blown conspiracy were you have no idea how it all comes together - until it does and you're left with a sense of "holy hell how did I not see this coming????" .Full of twists and turns with an ending that will BLOW YOUR MIND. Definitely one of THE BEST interpretations of Doyle yet. I would recom
Jonathan K
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5 stars
For all those who enjoy Sherlock Holmes this is written with the same pace, tone and plot twists. Toward the end the narrator makes you aware it is Moriarty telling the tale. It's well written and models the Holmes stories nicely, though Conan Doyle is the true master!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Faux Sherlock Holmes has been a thing practically since the creation of Sherlock Holmes. The originals were almost immediately ridiculously popular, so of course there were imitations. So many of them that ITV once ran a whole series adapting contemporaneous imitations of Sherlock Holmes. For the record, and if you’re interested in this particular shadowed literary corner, William Hope Hodgson’s 'Carnacki' stories are well worth checking out.

Having given us his Sherlock Holmes in the actually no
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, mystery
“But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood.”

Professor Moriarty is a criminal mastermind and nemesis of the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty brings to life occurrences following the disappearance of the duo after they vanished into the mist of Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland. Picking up the narrative of this story is Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase who has traveled to Europe intent on following the trail of an American cr
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars I loved the first one, "The House of Silk," but I feel disappointed with this one. This just fell flat for me, the absence of Sherlock is a major issue. The pacing was really slow, and it contained a lot of "saying" or "telling" instead of "showing." There was a surprise ending, however it did not redeem this for me. I wish Horowitz had written another Sherlock novel and stuck to the formula that worked so well in "The House of Silk" instead. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now, I'm going to start out by saying that while I read the previous book, 'The House of Silk', rather a while ago, I distinctly remember enjoying it. Not the case with this one, at all. To be quite honest, at times I rather felt like throwing this novel at a wall. One of my main problems with 'Moriarty' is it's lack of sophistication - it feels more like a young adult novel than "a relentlessly thrilling tale" of crime and crime-solving for adult fans of Sherlock Holmes.
I understand that with
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following the success of The House of Silk, Horowitz returns to the would of Holmes.

After the events of the Reichenbach Falls. The death of Moriarty has created a void for other criminals to fill. It’s down to Inspector Athelney Jones and American agent Frederick Chase to hunt down the new threat.

This Holmes-lite story is an enjoyable read, it takes a time to get use to the other characters. But the author has created an interesting mystery.

The book heavily relies on twists and that improves the
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes series by author Anthony Horowitz but have to admit I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one.

This is a Sherlock Holmes novel that doesn't actually feature either Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Watson with the two main characters. The story is told by Frederick Chase, who is an American detective and a Scotland Yard detective Inspector Athelney Jones. 

It is a good plot and lots of twists and turns but the book failed to capture my imagination. By my own
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Sherlockians" are, in general, a conservative bunch. If they want more Holmes than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle provided, they want little changed. The Baker Street Irregulars, that literary group, hold fast to the minutia provided in those novels and stories. The Conan Doyle Estate still makes its voice known. It parsimoniously grants "official" approval to addition works of literary fiction. Anthony Horowitz gained their approval for House of Silk and he retains it for Moriarty.

Horowitz is a prolif
Jessica Halleck
Benign. Even, ultimately, ineffectual. At its best: just okay.

There's a twist, but explaining why I felt "meh" (and slightly annoyed) about it even in vague terms would give too much away.

I haven't read any of the OG Sherlock stories (yet), so I can only assume that the distinctly old fashioned, gentlemanly, stuffy approach to crime writing is as much of an officially endorsed Sherlock pastiche as the review blurbs claim. Style aside, I felt the book never achieved the additional claims of bei
Mark Harrison
Enjoyable.crime tale as a pair of Holmes and Watson wannabes try and solve a series of murders after Holmes himself 'dies' at Reichenbach Falls. Decent tale all based on a huge and most unexpected twist. Lacked something though and nowhere near as good as 'House Of Silk. ...more
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more

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