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The Empty House by Arthur Conan Doyle

It has been three years since Sherlock Holmes plunged to his apparent death in a confrontation with his nemesis, Moriarty, at the Reichenbach Falls. His companion, Dr Watson, is continuing to solve mysteries in his absence and he is about to face the toughest one yet: the locked room murder of Mr Adair. Little does Watson know that help is about to come from a most unexpected source…

This is a fantastic adaptation for children by Stephanie Baudet of the classic Sherlock Holmes story. Despite it being aimed at the younger market, however, I found it a super read and enjoyed it just as much as another of this series, A Study in Scarlet, that I read a while ago. The story has been simplified for younger readers but it has lost none of it’s excitement and sense of mystery. The illustrations also capture the text perfectly, bringing the story alive.

This series by Sweet Cherry Publishing is a perfect way of introducing children to the work of the great Arthur Conan Doyle. It can be purchased from at a great price!

With thanks to Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley for my ARC.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

512HpY4OGZLSet after Conan Doyle’s ‘The Final Problem’, this is the second Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz. This time, however, neither Holmes nor Dr. Watson appear!

Frederick Chase from the Pinkerton Detective Agency has arrived in Switzerland where he hopes he can find information that will lead him to Clarence Devereaux, the man who is aiming to take over where Moriarty left off. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones from Scotland Yard, the trail soon leads them back to London and the game is afoot…

Devereaux, just like Moriarty was before him, is a man of mystery, with very few people ever setting eyes on him. The trail leads them throughout the streets of London and soon, a trail of bodies is left in their wake.

Throughout this book, I felt that there was going to be a twist and tried to anticipate what it may be. However, I wasn’t prepared for it when the truth was finally revealed! The relationship between Jones and Chase is very much a mirror of the Holmes and Watson partnership and it seemed that the author was leading you to believe that this was the beginning of a new pairing of consulting detectives. The ending was very clever and was a genuine ‘gasp out loud’ moment!

A part of the book that I particularly liked was its homage to one of Conan Doyle’s short stories, ‘The Read-Headed League’ – one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories.

If you’re a fan of the original Holmes stories, you won’t be disappointed by ‘Moriarty’.

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