I have read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works and many other pastiches by different authors. This novel was exceptionally easy to read because to me it seems “less British” than other Holmes material I have read. While the author seems to have everything “right” in terms of time and place for this story, he seems to “go easier” with the “Britishness” of this Holmes story. To purists this will probably rankle; to me I was not offended and found the novel a much quicker read. Readers will have to decide for themselves if this is acceptable or not. Despite being an Anglophile, I have read Dickens and felt exhausted by the end of a work. While Conan Doyle was a bit more contemporary, I still felt the British influence yet never felt “beaten over the head” by it. I love Dickens and Conan Doyle. Don’t get me wrong. This novel just seemed to flow easily and entertain me. If you wish, call it Sherlock Holmes light. Either way, I found Holmes engrossing, Watson endearing and the other characters, particularly Lucy James, engaging. I highly recommend. – Amazon Reviewer
Murder. Intrigue. And a long-buried secret that will change everything. . .
London, 1895. A beautiful American actress visits 221B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life.
Holmes feels compelled to help the young woman, but he’s been asked to solve an urgent case with international implications. A close associate of John. D. Rockefeller has been murdered, and Holmes suspects the violent act is an attempt to derail the upcoming British-American summit. Clues to the murder point directly to Professor Moriarty, proving that while Holmes’s old archenemy may be dead, his criminal enterprise is alive and well. To prevent an international disaster, Holmes must figure out who is pulling the strings now, and why. As he races to find the true culprit, another woman walks into his life–someone from his past, who presents him with a mystery that will force him to look deep within for answers.
Can Holmes protect the young actress, solve the riddle from his own past, and prevent chaos on both sides of the Atlantic?
A fast-paced and witty Sherlock Holmes novel with a labyrinth of thrilling twists and turns. Narrated by Watson, The Last Moriarty is a feel-good mystery with a twist ending that stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while offering fresh new adventures for old and new fans alike. Whispersync enabled – read and listen with Audible!Book description
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Charles Veley, The adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James in Victorian London!
You may be looking for more Sherlock Holmes stories, but haven’t yet found a series that charms you and speaks to your heart. Maybe you can still remember how you felt when you first encountered the greatest detective of them all. You’d like to recapture that feeling, and rekindle that sense of excitement and sheer fun . . .
Well, you’ve come to the right place! If you love a strong heroine and a classic Sherlock Holmes, you’re going to love this series. It’s a fresh, faithful reimagining of the great detective and his brave, brilliant daughter, Lucy James.
“Entertaining . . . a clever variation on a familiar theme . . . Comparable Title: Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.” says Publisher’s Weekly.
“A new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries.” says The Santa Barbara Independent.
Since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the fictional detective has gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time, spawning thousands of stage and radio plays, television shows, films, and books. 130 years later, in 2017, father-daughter author duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott teamed up to release their first collaboration – Remember, Remember – in the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. With the pair’s debut, they provided readers young and old with a fresh yet faithful reimagining of the Great Detective, and earned praise from Publishers Weekly: (“a winning” addition to the Holmesian canon”), The Historical Novel Society (“charming and amusing”), and more.
In the Sherlock & Lucy series, Holmes – as brilliant and engaging as ever – is the father of Lucy James: an independent, modern-minded American actress living in Victorian London who inherited her father’s intelligence, detective skills, and bravery.
Each book centers on Sherlock and Lucy as they collaborate on solving a crime, and contains clean language, exciting conflicts, and imaginative mysteries in the Conan Doyle tradition. The books are as enjoyable as ‘standalone’ stories as they are read in consecutive order.
“While the Victorian era looked in many ways very different from our own – corsets! Lack of indoor plumbing! No iPhones! – there are human themes like love and family, and darker themes like crime and hate, that are still universal,” Anna Elliott says of the Sherlock & Lucy books. “Our stories are built on absolute love and respect for the original Sherlock Holmes canon, and yet give the reader a few more glimpses of that humanity hinted at in the Conan Doyle stories,” she continues.
Hundreds of ordinary readers and many professional reviewers have praised the series for the genuine relationship between Holmes and Watson, for the exciting, engaging character of his daughter, and for the gripping, compelling pace of each of the stories. Many are also pleased to see a hint of warmth coming from Holmes, and for the clean, family-friendly values – reminiscent of those in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon – that underlie the tales. The Sherlock and Lucy series has been recommended by the Library of Clean Reads.
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