My Friday Post: Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

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Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

This week I’m featuring Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, one of my TBRs that I’ll be reading next.


The Reichenbach Falls

Does anyone really believe what happened at the Reichenbach Falls? A great many accounts have been written but it seems to me that all of them have left something to be desired – which is to say, the truth.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

‘It is a deliberate attempt to communicate something to Moriarty that will remain secret should it fall into the wrong hands.’
‘So there is a code!’
‘And you were able to crack it!’
‘Through trial and error, yes.’ Jones nodded. ‘I take no credit for it, mind. Where Holmes has gone, I have merely followed.’

Blurb (Goodreads)

Sherlock Holmes is dead.

Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.


Anthony Horowitz is one of my favourite authors. This is his second Sherlock Holmes novel and I’m hoping, no I’m expecting it to be as good as his first, The House of Silk.

Years ago I read Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Final Problem, in which he meant to end Sherlock Holmes’ life as he wanted to write more literary works, but needless to say really, I have forgotten most of the details. 

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

15 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

  1. I probably wouldn’t because the last Horowitz that I read, ‘The Word is Murder’, really irritated me. Having said that, I have always loved his books for children. His Hammett pastiche, ‘The Falcon’s Malteser’ had my class and I in fits of laughter. So, maybe I should give this one a go.


    1. I’m not often keen on pastiches, prequels or sequels written by a different author from the original but I did enjoy his first Sherlock book, ‘The House of Silk’. I’ve read ‘The Word is Murder’ and it’s a very different type of book, with himself as one of the characters. I haven’t read any of his books for children.


  2. I do like HOrowitz’ wit, Margaret. And some of his characters are quite well done, I think. For instance, I thought Magpie Murders was very well-written. I’m not quite as sure of this one, although I’ve heard a lot about it. I’ll be interested to see what you think when you’ve finished it.


  3. I hope you love this! Moriarty is on my wish list and I look forward to one day reading it myself. Have a great week.


  4. I haven’t tried the Sherlock-ish books by Horowitz. However, I suspect I will at some point. I also have THE WORD IS MURDER here to try. I loved MAGPIE MURDERS and I’ve also read and enjoyed some of his Alex Rider books for the younger set. And then I can never forget Foyle’s War. I think Horowitz is very creative.


  5. I like the idea of this one. Should I read the other one first?

    Thanks for playing along on Book Beginnings!

    Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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