I admit that I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fan. Not a serious die hard fan but more of a fan of the spin off books like the Mary Russell series by Laurie King. So, when I saw this book, I was intrigued but cautious and packed it into my kindle for a vacation read. This book is written from the point of view of Moriarty – James to be exact. And the lovely Angelina Gould, a recent widow (or is she – as she has problems recalling if the “not real” husband has been dead 12 or 18 months).
James is quietly working away at the Patent Office but a minor disagreement and a chance to show his superior knowledge leads to an explosion and a murder investigation by Sherlock Holmes. James is suddenly the prime suspect. The scenes between James and Angelina are beautifully done with romance, humor and intrigue.
I also loved the minor characters such as Sandy, Angelina’s twin siblings and Mrs. Peacock. All of them add color and humor to the story. The author has definitely done her research enhancing the story with great details from the exhibit halls to royal society to fashion. I found the quirky humor and tongue in cheek scenes very entertaining. I can’t wait to jump into the second book – Moriarty Takes His Medicine.
Oh and the cherry on top of the this lovely sundae – the Author is a local Texan!