First Impression Friday: “Moriarty” by Anthony Horowitz

I’m fresh off of reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, both of which I forgot to write a First Impression Friday post for, so I don’t think I’m going to review them, either. I decided I didn’t quite want to leave the Victorian-esque world of Ketterdam just yet, so I substituted it with Horowitz’s Moriarty.

From GoodReads:

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, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase is assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes’s methods of deduction, whom Conan Doyle introduced in The Sign of Four. The two men join forces and fight their way through the sinuous streets of Victorian London—from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the Docks—in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.

Riveting and deeply atmospheric, Moriarty is the first Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by the author’s estate since Horowitz’s House of Silk. This tale of murder and menace breathes life into Holmes’s fascinating world, again proving that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however im- probable, must be the truth.

So, um, turns out this is actually the second book in Horowitz’s Sherlock Holmes series, but the first one to not feature Holmes/Watson as the main characters? We’ll see what happens. I bought this book in March of 2016 (and the only reason I know that is I know I bought it when I still worked at the bookstore, and the stock sticker is still on the back of the novel, and all stock stickers have the date the book arrived at the store on them), and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since.

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read many of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve got a collection of them in a nice cover (the Barnes & Noble edition), and I can remember reading a few stories in it (notably, A Study in Scarlet) so I could compare them to the BBC Sherlock series, but I never got very far past A Study in Scarlet. Maybe I was too young, or too distracted, or too something. I’m hoping to eventually find my collection again and read through it, but for now I’ll settle for Moriarty.

This book is told from the perspective of one Frederick Chase, who is a detective from Pinkerton in New York, set to figure out what really happened to Sherlock. Not much happens in the first few chapters, so I don’t really have any idea what’s about to happen, but I do know I’m ready to see where Anthony Horowitz takes me. I used to be incredibly into the Alex Rider series, and I’m glad he’s writing for adults, too.

Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? Are you a Sherlock fan? What story should I start with? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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