Moriarty also shows a fiercely independent streak, pursuing Holmes to Switzerland alone, while by contrast Holmes takes Watson with him everywhere he goes. The "smaller university" involved has been claimed to be one of the colleges that later comprised the University of Leeds ;  but in Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography , the "smaller university" is said to be Durham University.
Doyle's original motive in creating Moriarty was evidently his intention to kill Holmes off. Eventually, however, public pressure and financial troubles impelled Doyle to bring Holmes back. Doyle is known to have used his former school, Stonyhurst College , as inspiration for details of the Holmes series; among his contemporaries at the school were two boys surnamed Moriarty.
The stories give contradictory indications about Moriarty's family. In his first appearance in " The Final Problem ", Moriarty is referred to as "Professor Moriarty" — no forename is mentioned. Watson does, however, refer to the name of another family member when he writes of "the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother".
This is the only time Moriarty is given a first name, and oddly, it is the same as that of his purported brother; to wit The Valley of Fear written after the preceding two stories, but set earlier , Holmes says of Professor Moriarty: "He is unmarried. His younger brother is a station master in the west of England.
Newcomb was revered as a multitalented genius, with a special mastery of mathematics, and he had become internationally famous in the years before Doyle began writing his stories. More to the point, Newcomb had earned a reputation for spite and malice, apparently seeking to destroy the careers and reputations of rival scientists. Moriarty may have been inspired in part by two real-world mathematicians.
If the characterisations of Moriarty's academic papers are reversed, they describe real mathematical events. Carl Friedrich Gauss wrote a famous paper on the dynamics of an asteroid  in his early 20s, and was appointed to a chair partly on the strength of this result. Srinivasa Ramanujan wrote about generalisations of the binomial theorem,  and earned a reputation as a genius by writing articles that confounded the best extant mathematicians. In his third and last year he was Professor of Humanities. As an ex-professor, the Fenian leader successfully made a bid for a Westminster seat in County Mayo.
He mentions this when seeking to compare Moriarty to a real-world character that Inspector Alec MacDonald might know, but it is in vain as MacDonald is not so well read as Holmes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fictional character from Sherlock Holmes. Main article: Professor Moriarty in other media. Main article: List of actors who have played Professor Moriarty. The New York Times. McClure's Magazine. Astor Place, New York: J. J, Little and Co. Retrieved 11 October Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography. Gimson Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary 14 ed.
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Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 11 January Random House. ACT II". For a summary of this point, see this New Scientist article , also from Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium. Hamburg, Germany: Friedrich Perthes and I. Retrieved 30 January The man who knew infinity: A life of the genius Ramanujan. The Legacy of George Boole. Cork, Ireland. The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 November Dublin: The History Press, Ireland. Arthur Conan Doyle 's Sherlock Holmes. Canon Adaptations Popular culture.
There is an unfortunate parody story never liked goofing on topics that are self evidently ridiculous , but the final Estleman novella "Sons of Moriarty" makes up for that flaw. The stories run a wide range of different topics, all of them better quality than most post-Doyle Holmes tales, even if they vary somewhat in greatness. The level of excellence in this book is generally lower Another solid collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, with a pretty diverse cast of writers, including Anne Perry.
The level of excellence in this book is generally lower than the previous two collections, but the final story mentioned above is a fine addition to the canon and is worth the purchase price alone. Nov 04, Harry Addington rated it it was amazing. Nov 26, Robert Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: z-other-authors , complete. If you are a Holmes fan you will find some very different viewpoints in these stories. I especially liked a long letter written by Lenore Carroll as A.
Aug 16, Bill Peschel rated it it was ok. The machine in the title is a Gatling gun, which was brought over from America to sell to a nobleman with connections to the British Army. It is a traditional mystery, decently told, even if the solution seems a little far-fetched. The other two stories evoke the Holmesian charm but with flaws. When the government denies her request, her appeal to Holmes triggers a clash with the Mafia involving opera singer Enrico Caruso, a voyage to America, several assassination attempts, and a showdown on board a ship.
Fish, is marred by the obviousness of the joke. Nothing spoils a joke like an obvious punch line. Those who count Sherlock among the living will take offense, but the story is charming and inventive. So of the eight stories, there are only three in which the detective plays a starring role. Including the novella, they take up the majority of the book.
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The rest are parodies, sci-fi and young adult reworkings, and a alternative-universe prequel; a mixed bag in tone and intent that could disappoint readers expecting a volume in which it is always Sep 10, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , thriller , sherlock-holmes. This book contains the novelette Sons of Moriarty and seven short stories by various authors.
Some of them have been published in many anthologies, but some I had never read before. The infernal machine in question is a Gatling Gun. The Edgewick brothers are seeking to sell the weapon to Sir Clive Oldsbolt to manufacture the guns for the British Army. Then Sir Clive is murdered, shot seven times, and the Gatling gun was heard by the witnesse This book contains the novelette Sons of Moriarty and seven short stories by various authors.
Then Sir Clive is murdered, shot seven times, and the Gatling gun was heard by the witnesses, but not seen. Her sister is engaged to a man named Robby Smythe, who is involved with one of the first combustion engine automobiles. He hopes this will be a great investment in the future. Told with light-hearted fun, it is a Schlok Holmes mystery. A little girl goes missing, and is later found in an alley. A note arrives from the kidnapper who says he can take the child at any time he chooses, and advises the father to sell his stock in a particular company.
The girl vanishes again, and is agin returned. Two people have died in their rooms. They had weak hearts, but were otherwise healthy. It is too good a twist to say more. An Italian beauty, Magdalena Venucci brings the case to our duo. Il Casa Negro, the Black Hand is involved and the danger cannot be more deadly—until a descendant of an old foe tries to even the score for their parent… I give the book four stars… Quoth the Raven… Feb 01, Rena Sherwood rated it really liked it Shelves: four-star-fiction , sherlock-holmes , anthologies , mysteries.
Excellent collection of short stories and one novella published in and edited by veteran mystery writer Loren D. I think Estleman is a much better short story and novella writer than novelist and after reading this you might think the same. Sherlock Holmes fans may recognize a few of these stories from other Sherlock Holmes anthologies. Fortunately, these stories are good enough to read again and again.
And no wading through other writer's crap stories to get to Estleman's. Jun 13, Dominique rated it did not like it. This book of stories was authorized and licensed by the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so I was expecting a quality set of traditional type Sherlock stories. They were so boring and unimpressive. I'm a Sherlock purist and I tried my best to appreciate these stories as they take Sherlock out of the box, so to speak, but I could not overcome how forced and predictable each sto This book of stories was authorized and licensed by the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so I was expecting a quality set of traditional type Sherlock stories.
I'm a Sherlock purist and I tried my best to appreciate these stories as they take Sherlock out of the box, so to speak, but I could not overcome how forced and predictable each story was. The Deptford Horror story was the gem of the book. It was pure Sherlock and exciting to the very end.
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Dec 02, Jacqueline rated it liked it. My favorite story was the one written by Doyle's own son. I felt he really captured his father's characters well and the story was exciting and fast paced just like I like my Holmes and Watson. There were a few misses in here, the novella "Sons of Moriarty" didn't grab me enough to finish the book and the pun laden Holmes story wasn't really all that funny either.
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While a new Holmes fan might enjoy this book it is really written for a hard core Baker Street Irregular. Nov 27, Rachel rated it it was ok. A misleading title for a bland collection of Sherlock inspired tales, this second volume of "approved" works provided about an hours worth of enjoyment. The titular selection was a passable tale, despite the fact that the villain was neither plural nor a son of Moriarty.
The other enjoyable tales in the collection were available previously in other collections, and those which I had not read before were lackluster. One story did not even feature our heroes, which seemed against the point of the A misleading title for a bland collection of Sherlock inspired tales, this second volume of "approved" works provided about an hours worth of enjoyment.
One story did not even feature our heroes, which seemed against the point of the collection. After the excellent first volume, I was disappointed. Jul 01, Katherine Rowland rated it liked it Shelves: fic-mystery. This was about what I expected. With varied authors--and varied levels of actually relating to Sherlock Holmes--I was more fond of some stories than I was of others, and so it was an uneven reading experience.
However, it is fascinating to read all these homages to the great detective, and to read how dead-on some of the portrayals are. If you're a fan of Holmes, Sons of Moriarty is worth a read. Jan 24, Marybeth rated it it was ok. After the solid writing in Loren Estleman's The Perils of Sherlock Holmes, this collection of stories by other authors fell rather flat.
There weren't enough truly enjoyable stories to make it a satisfying read. Watson's letter to his editor explaining how he created Holmes has the tongue-in-cheek feeling of the movie Without a Clue. This single story redeemed the whole collection enough for two stars.
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Jan 11, David Orphal rated it liked it. Like any collection of short stories especially collections featuring stories for various authors my enjoyment of the stories varies. Sadly, in Sons of Moriarty, it was the more courageous authors, roaming far from the traditional Holmes cannon, that I found the least enjoyable. By itself, the ending novella, which lends it's name to the compilation, is worth the time to read the whole book. Nov 08, Kayla rated it liked it Shelves: sherlock. I liked some stories more than others, but that always seems the way of things when I read Anthologies.
However, Loren D Estleman's story at the very end was my favorite. By the time I finished I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading the next book of Sherlock stories that Mr. Estleman has coming out. Nov 18, Teresa rated it liked it. A collection of eight stories based on Sherlock and his sidekick, Watson. Three of them I enjoyed quite a bit-the rest, not so much. The book opens with a short story by novelist John Lutz and also contains an entry by Anne Perry. The bulk of the collection belongs to the story, "Sons of Moriarty". These three make reading the book worthwhile.
Dec 24, Erin added it. I didn't care for the first several stories; they were too different from the original Sherlock Holmes tales for my liking and not what I expected. I would have given up on the book in its entirety, but the last story caught my attention and I really enjoyed it. The ending left something to be desired, but for a short story, it wasn't bad and it had the flavor I was looking for. Mar 17, Chelsea Couillard-Smith rated it it was ok Shelves: adult-fiction.
A fun read for fans and fans only of the Sherlockian canon. I enjoyed those that stuck more closely to the traditional style and skipped those that didn't. Not for the casual fan, but still enjoyable. Aug 08, Bill rated it it was amazing. This is a delicious collection of Sherlock Holmes tales from writers past and present, and includes a satire and a futuristic tale, as well as the more traditional Baker Street stories we grew up on and still relish.
This is a terrific read. Jun 29, Katie rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed getting to read all of the different stories about Sherlock Holmes. I loved all of the different versions of him.
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I always have time for a great Holmes and Watson story. What say you? I enjoyed many of the stories, but found a few lacking. My favorite was Before the Adventures. I found it imaginative and very fun. Sep 07, Pointsandwheels rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , mysteries , short-stories , historical-fictions. The title novella was wretched, but I enjoyed most of the short stories.