My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is the second book of the Sherlock Holmes series .
After the deadly meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, a brutal murder which the victim – Jonathan Pilgrim, had been shoot in the head and his hands had been tied prior of the killing, Inspector Lestrade starts to believe that this execution may be related to a recent unrest in the streets of London.
By following the clues of a mysterious letter, two detectives – Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase who arrives in Europe from New York days after the Reichbach affair and the Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones – start to decipher this brutal murder and its possible connections with the dangerous criminal Clarence Devereux, a man who claims to be a Moriarty’s successor.
The story is fast-paced and the reader is not able to stop reading it. As the narrative develops, more mysterious and unsolved clues must be solved by the couple of detectives who played as “Holmes” and “Watson” which became close friends.
The author wrote a magnificent and well-written tale full of mystery and suspense which makes us want to see more books of this series.
I do recommend this book for all fans of Sherlock Holmes.
For more information about the deaths of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, the reader should read The Adventure of the Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle, book #11 of the The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes series.
The BBC Radio 4 Extra recently (October 25, 2014) broadcasted this dramatization.
The current TV incarnations of Holmes &Watson are played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.