By Anthony Horowitz
4.25 / 5
Darkness Falls but also Rises
Having read all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Collection and Anthony Horowitz’s House of Silk, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read a book devilishly titled Moriarty. Set in the immediate aftermath of The Final Problem, the scene of the dramatic showdown between Holmes and Moriarty at Reichemback Falls. Scotland Yard detective Athelney Jones and American Pinkerton investigator Frederick Chase form a determined partnership as they attempt to bring down an American criminal mastermind who has effectively taken over the criminal network created by Moriarty.
House of Silk
5 / 5
Perfect homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
“The game once more, is afoot.” Anthony Horowitz has encapsulated all that we love about Sherlock Holmes, his fantastical deductions, astonishing methods of enquiry and brilliance in obtaining the truest state of the facts as can possibly be attained. What starts off as a peculiar circumstance involving some destroyed Constable Paintings and a notorious Boston Irish gang, turns out to lead to a case which threatens both Holmes and Watson’s lives.
A plethora of villains tries to deny Holmes from finding the inconspicuous and ambiguous place, called the House of Silk. The severity of the investigation, which his brother Mycroft had warned them against taking on, comes to fruition and Holmes’ resourcefulness and unique talent for disguise and misdirection are exemplified. Holmes finds himself calling upon his talents as the claws of the criminal beast enclose around him, and threaten his life like nothing before, save his memorable show down with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in “The Final Problem”.