In the second Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate and written by Anthony Horowitz as well. The first one being House of Silk. We are struck from the beginning with the shocking revelation that after a planned meeting both Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty are presumed dead.
And that’s where the tale of our protagonists begin : Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard officer and the narrator Frederick Chase, a senior investigator from the Pinkerton Agency in New York.
Mr Chase has come all the way from New York to track down a criminal mastermind, not unlike Moriarty, Clarence Deveraux . Deveraux has traveled allegedly to London to team up with Moriarty and expand their criminal reign.
During the investigation, Frederick Chase realizes that the investigator from Scotland Yard is an avid student and user of the Sherlockian investigative method. Now together they must find Deveraux and protect England from his evil and boorish ways.
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes novels and movies, I find this book completely in synch with the method of investigating made famous by Detective Holmes. Athelney Jones fills the famous detective shoes so spot on that at times one finds oneself wondering could it be Sherlock himself. The mystery keeps right until the end and just when you think everything makes sense, things are not as they appear. You will find yourself captivated until the last page.
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