Book Review of “The Last Moriarty”


“The Last Moriarty” eBook was published in 2015 (May) and was written by Charles Veley. Mr. Veley has written five novels, but this is the first in nearly 3 decades.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence. This Mystery Thriller novel is set in London, England of 1895. The principal characters are the familiar Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The story is told from the viewpoint of Watson.

The story takes place in the period after Holmes battled Moriarty at Reichenback Falls. The public is not aware that Holmes has survived, but the British government and key clients are. Holmes and Watson are drawn into a situation involving the British government and American financial/industrial leaders – Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Carnegie.

A murder leads to a plot to prevent the meeting between the government and Americans from taking place. The rebuilt criminal gang left behind by Moriarty is involved and being led by someone new. Holmes also finds that a woman he had known before he became the well known detective is somehow involved.

There is mystery and suspense with this story that is told in the same style as the originals created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The 6 hours I spent with this novel felt like I was reading the original Holmes stories. I do hope that the teaser at the end of the novel that there will more stories to come proves true. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to 4) out of 5.

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