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' 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.
Author of the global best seller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights at every turn. The game is afoot....
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. This audio edition also includes The Three Monarchs, a short story narrated by Derek Jacobi.
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By Simon on 15-10-15
Twist and Shout!
Heavens! It takes a brave man to take up the pen and try to extend the Sherlock Holmes legend. However, Anthony Horrowitz is just such a man. He produces a fast-moving adventure with plenty of action and possibly slightly more gore than you'd expect, though never overly gratuitous in my view. The foundations of a Holmes novel are here of course with a mysterr to solve, dastardly villains the two leads in Detective Athelney Jones and Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase. They are obviously there to provide a similar chemistry to Holmes and Watson but they are treated not as mere imitations but as characters and back stories in their own right. The way that Athelney Jones a minor character from the original stories is worked into the plot is particularly well done.
All well and good but throughout the story there are continual hints that we are all missing something. I had all kinds of theories but the twist when it comes really does send a jolt through the senses and it's a genuine double take moment when it happens. I'll definitely say no more because to do so would be to risk ruining it. I'm sure it will divide opinion but there are some lengths taken to "reveal all" which helps.
The narration is very good and although not all accents were fully convincing to my ear the different characters were easy to distinguish and the drama maintained throughout.
In summary I felt this was a very fine effort and well worth a credit and the time spent. The big twist will most likely be the telling point for how most readers regard the book. I thought it was stunningly good and would highly recommend it!
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
By Joanna on 11-03-15
Completely taken in
I love Horowitz! This is such fun and as good as any Sherlock Holmes. Completely unexpected twist...
Also my pedant's ear, always on the lookout, only spotted a couple of tiny anachronisms in the language, nothing that spoiled the narrative.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Kennedi on 22-09-16
One of THE best endings I've ever read...
Listening to the audio version of this was the best decision, I believe, as it made the surprises so much more surprising! It started off okay, and because of certain inconsistencies, at first I was a bit overwhelmed. However, as you get through the book, sooo many things make sense. Honestly, it was worth the five stars just for that.
By Lawrence Dembo on 26-03-15
Hard to stop listening
Just a cracker of a story
No more clues from me you will have to take the clue rice reviewers words as truth
Listen and enjoy