If there's one thing that I've become strangely obsessed with in the last few years, it's Sherlock Holmes. It, of course, started with Benedict Cumberbatch - but since then I've had all sorts of love affairs with all sorts of Sherlocks; and beyond them, the real love affair I have is definitely with Moriarty after Moriarty - Natalie Dormer, Andrew Scott, evil mastermind after evil mastermind. So, when I saw that one of my favourite authors had a book all about the man that I lost my heart to I couldn't resist picking up Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. It's been in my collection a long while now, but I'm so pleased that I've finally gotten around to reading it this month.
I believe that Horowitz actually wrote another book about Sherlock before this, House Of Silk, but I have to say that I never read that one. This definitely works as a standalone book - but you do need to know at least a basic Sherlock level of Sherlock Holmes knowledge to really get to grips with some of the more interlinking plots that are mentioned in brief and also in more detail. It's worth noting that this takes some getting used to if you've never read Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock as this is definitely written more in his style than the more modern style that we've gotten used to - but it's by no means hard to understand, you just really need to immerse yourself in the world that Horowitz is putting in front of you.
Is it hard to read? No, it's a book that'll grip you every bit as Conan Doyle's original works - it's written from the view of a man who has seen the fall of Sherlock and Moriarty and is setting foot to find the new crime leader in a dark, dark London. As we adventure with them, their mysteries become our mysteries and although I suspected the twist - the intricate story that comes with it had me immersed in the story until the very end.
This isn't as captivating as the modern dramas that come with Sherlock and Elementary - but it's by no means a poor alternative. Horowitz has managed to perfectly capture the voice of Sherlock Holmes and if you're a big fan then this definitely isn't going to be out of place in your collection.
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