Writing a new Sherlock Holmes novel must be a daunting task for any writer, even one with Anthony Horowitz’s crime-writing credentials. However, anyone who has read ‘The House of Silk’ (Horowitz’s first Holmes novel) surely can’t deny that he not only managed it, but incredibly successfully.
‘Moriarty’ is Horowitz’s second ‘Holmes’ novel, although to call it that is not entirely accurate as Holmes is notably absent (or is he? *cough, cough*), the action taking place in the time period immediately following Holmes’ apparent death at the Reichenbach Falls. Instead it follows Inspector Athelney Jones and Pinkerton’s agent Frederick Chase as they attempt to track down American super-villain Clarence Devereux who is attempting to fill the void left by Moriarty’s death. They follow a twisted trail, involving a series of gruesome murders, where nothing is quite as it seems to be. I wouldn’t want to mention any further details of the plot as it is really best discovered for yourself.
The end result is a brilliant addition to the Holmes stories, full of everything you would expect in the genre. I will most definitely be recommending this book to everyone; it is well worth a read.