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Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on? Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.


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Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on? Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.

30 review for Moriarty Meets His Match

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Ah, to create a great adversary, a crafty foe, a perfect archnemesis, that is an art indeed. One such literary creation named Moriarty conceived for the sole purpose of getting rid of the detective who started to be too much work to write about sprung legs and went on to have a life of his own. Pretty auspicious, wildly ambitious for a character who only really make an appearance in one story and is reminisced about in a few others. But oh…the man toppled (quite literally in a great watery tumbl Ah, to create a great adversary, a crafty foe, a perfect archnemesis, that is an art indeed. One such literary creation named Moriarty conceived for the sole purpose of getting rid of the detective who started to be too much work to write about sprung legs and went on to have a life of his own. Pretty auspicious, wildly ambitious for a character who only really make an appearance in one story and is reminisced about in a few others. But oh…the man toppled (quite literally in a great watery tumble) the great detective himself and thus became forever etched in the collective popular imagination. So who was Moriarty? Well, from what the story tells us, a math professor of some renown, a tall, gaunt, stooped man with high brow and evil disposition. Not much to go on. I mean, Watson, the famous chronicler himself, has never even met Moriarty. So there’s a lot to play with, a lot to reimagine and reinvent. And there is every chance there are some writers out there who have done a very good job of it, but Castle didn’t. She went for a low hanging fruit approach of making Moriarty into a humbly dashing romantic figure, while turning Sherlock into a genuinely unpleasant creep and not only that but also a fairly crap detective too. While the former invention is merely silly, the latter is flat out offensive. Mind you, I’ve read the author before, two of her Francis Bacon mysteries, I sort of knew what to expect, nothing great, but mild to decent historical fun, but those were a different beat altogether. For those she pillaged the real world, weaving her mysteries into a preexisting framework of the past. For this one she pillaged a beloved canon and for all intents and purposes bastardized it. All to create a middling thoroughly unexciting mystery and then overwhelm even that in a tragically laughable Regency style corsets and manners romance. I mean, seriously, Moriarty as a romantic protagonist…that’s just so silly. That’s like boiling all the life and flavor out of his evil greatness. The love interest, his Irene Adler, is an American actress/con woman and then have many, many…many scenes of just swooning, where she greatly enjoys his homely masculine smells and his dreamy boldness and long lashes. And of course Moriarty swoons right back over her numerous, and consistently enumerated, feminine charms. They both become embroiled in a murder intrigue in the upper echelons of society, a crime Sherlock wrongly (because he’s just that kind of detective here) tries to pin on Moriarty. So now Moriarty has to clear his good name and save a damsel in distress, all of which he will do admirably, because nothing is too much for his broad, rowing machine broad, shoulders. And on it goes. Too long, actually, at over 300 pages, for this silliness. Readable, but insipid in general and a huge discredit to the canon. The lack of respect for Sherlock alone…how rude. Now, I’m not a total stickler, not every representation has to be as awesome as the recent BBC version, Sherlock has some seriously spoofable qualities, things that might lend themselves to different style pastiches and take on his character, but if you’re gonna spoof the legend, have something to balance it out, something as good or greater to offer in return. Maybe that would work. Not sure. But this book doesn’t even come close.

  2. 4 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    Rating: 3.5/5.0 This story is intriguing in many ways. It is unexpectedly unflattering to Holmes, while making Moriarty into an upstanding citizen who has been wronged by one of the secondary characters. Read full review in the 2020 September issue of InD'tale Magazine. Rating: 3.5/5.0 This story is intriguing in many ways. It is unexpectedly unflattering to Holmes, while making Moriarty into an upstanding citizen who has been wronged by one of the secondary characters. Read full review in the 2020 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book was sitting on my Kindle over looked and ignored. I deeply regret that. This was a wonderful book with awesome characters and a thrilling complex plot. This is a story that introduces us to Professor Moriarty. The son of vicar, and Mathematics chair who got on the wrong side of a spiteful peer and was forced to step down and take a job as a Patent Clerk. When the opportunity arises for him to give some comeuppance to this nemesis he hies off to the Exhibition hall to watch the failure o This book was sitting on my Kindle over looked and ignored. I deeply regret that. This was a wonderful book with awesome characters and a thrilling complex plot. This is a story that introduces us to Professor Moriarty. The son of vicar, and Mathematics chair who got on the wrong side of a spiteful peer and was forced to step down and take a job as a Patent Clerk. When the opportunity arises for him to give some comeuppance to this nemesis he hies off to the Exhibition hall to watch the failure of the machine. There he meets a lovely widow Mrs. Gould who he is escorting when an accident occurs. When Sherlock Holmes arrives Moriarty finds himself involved in the investigation. This is a fascinating story that creates believable and sympathetic characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    As a Beta Reader I was lucky enough to be able to read this book before the final product was out. I must say it was fantastic. I truly enjoyed the twist that the author put on each character. Reading something from Moriarty’s point of view was both fun and exciting. This book will make you question all previous writings on Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty; who is the real villain after all?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    In which Holmes is a pest and Moriarty a decent fellow...it was quite fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    this was so cute!! who knew i'd find a nice little face-to-black romance in the middle of reading a novel about moriarty. also interesting to note that the author didn't try to make him sexy in the traditional sense before giving him a love interest. also interesting (and well explained) how sweet mathematics professor james moriarty managed to became sherlock holmes' nemisis. (you'll find he's more of an anti-hero than a villain in this one.) definitely worth the read if you enjoy light romance this was so cute!! who knew i'd find a nice little face-to-black romance in the middle of reading a novel about moriarty. also interesting to note that the author didn't try to make him sexy in the traditional sense before giving him a love interest. also interesting (and well explained) how sweet mathematics professor james moriarty managed to became sherlock holmes' nemisis. (you'll find he's more of an anti-hero than a villain in this one.) definitely worth the read if you enjoy light romance and interesting mysteries.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I was intrigued by the premise of Moriarty being the good guy and Holmes merely an annoying character. But I enjoyed reading the mystery and wondering how the two main characters would ever get together to become Prof. and Mrs. Moriarty. A fun read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    How do you deal with the issue of spoilers when the series title, “The Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Series: Book1,” combines with a book called Moriarty Meets His Match? In a mixture of cozy, historical fiction, and “easy-to-solve, but fun-to-chase” mystery, Anna Castle has given us the equivalent of a romantic comedy in Edwardian London. So, since one is immediately informed of Professor James Moriarty’s bachelorhood early in the book and the series includes a “Mrs. Moriarty,” one would assume t How do you deal with the issue of spoilers when the series title, “The Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Series: Book1,” combines with a book called Moriarty Meets His Match? In a mixture of cozy, historical fiction, and “easy-to-solve, but fun-to-chase” mystery, Anna Castle has given us the equivalent of a romantic comedy in Edwardian London. So, since one is immediately informed of Professor James Moriarty’s bachelorhood early in the book and the series includes a “Mrs. Moriarty,” one would assume that Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis was either working with his mother or going to be married by the end of the novel. Also, naturally, since he rescues an incredibly beautiful and, to be frank, wily young woman very shortly after the causative event for this story, one would assume the latter. But how would you have Professor Moriarty without having the famous consulting detective? You couldn’t! So, one must succumb to the suspicion that the professor may have met his match in another way. He and Holmes hardly get off to the best start, and one expects matters to degenerate from there. Truthfully, as I was reading the early parts of this novel, I was wondering if Ms. Castle was creating a more elaborate background story for the grudge that Moriarty has against Holmes in the novels and dramatizations of the classic stories. That must be left for the reader to decide. Meanwhile, the game is afoot. The problem begins with Moriarty attending the demonstration of a spherical steam engine at an international exposition. He hopes to see one of the primary investors embarrassed when this demonstration goes wrong, but it appears that Moriarty was not the only one expecting something to go wrong. And go wrong it does! Fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will be amused to see Professor Moriarty working side-by-side with Holmes, but because of the meta-history which we already know, we can be fairly certain that this will not end well. One instinctively likes the young woman Moriarty rescues early in the novel, but it seems there is more to the picture than what she is wearing underneath her bustle. Both her background and her motivation for her actions are well-presented. In fact, much of this book is well-presented. I will demonstrate something of the writing style with two quotations. After being forced to take a long walk, the young woman who goes by many names, is exasperated to see a hansom sitting idle outside her sister’s residence. But the boy holding the reins doesn’t succumb to her charms “…as as indifferent to her and his surroundings as if he had attended an Institute of Idleness and graduated with full marks.” (p. 38). At another point, Moriarty ponders something that doesn’t seem consistent. “He didn’t like coincidences, although any student of statistics knew they happened every day.” (p. 186). My amateur deduction would be that any cozy fan who has any romantic notions of the past will be enamored with Moriarty Meets His Match. And the history is interesting enough that I’m going to list it on my historical fiction shelf, as well as cozy mystery shelf.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    The fact that I had to give this book a 2 stars really upsets me. I really liked the concept, I did, and I thought that first half was alright, but this book was MESSY. We had however many investigations going on at once, all linked but not very well; they just didn't blend together neatly. It just felt one thing after another kept getting thrown at me, it was too much to follow, especially with the dual perspective. Not to mention how utterly underwhelming the ending was: 1. there was never any The fact that I had to give this book a 2 stars really upsets me. I really liked the concept, I did, and I thought that first half was alright, but this book was MESSY. We had however many investigations going on at once, all linked but not very well; they just didn't blend together neatly. It just felt one thing after another kept getting thrown at me, it was too much to follow, especially with the dual perspective. Not to mention how utterly underwhelming the ending was: 1. there was never any "justice", 2. The "baddie" all along wasn't even figured out, it was just shown to us and we went "oh, okay", 3. The romance was just disgraceful - I quite liked it at first because Moriarty was a big simp but everything about their whole relationship is a lie, it never feels like there's anything genuine between them. I don't know, just thinking about this book is making me frown. Another disappointment to add to the growing list I suppose. *sighs*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bell

    Delightful. Clever, exciting, even sexy at times. It even made math sound sexy, and that's quite an accomplishment in my opinion! Kept me on my toes. Feels like a fully realized world in a way that came across as effortless but that I know must have been a lot of work for the author. I loved seeing Sherlock Holmes from the outside and in an unflattering light. A shining example of what an indie book can be. Delightful. Clever, exciting, even sexy at times. It even made math sound sexy, and that's quite an accomplishment in my opinion! Kept me on my toes. Feels like a fully realized world in a way that came across as effortless but that I know must have been a lot of work for the author. I loved seeing Sherlock Holmes from the outside and in an unflattering light. A shining example of what an indie book can be.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    What a delightful book for a week of traveling! The right book at the right time. In this twist, we follow Moriarty as the misunderstood hero of our story who is wrongfully accused by Sherlock Holmes for a murder he did not commit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lomuscio

    Not a criminal An absolute wonderful book starring Professor James Moriarity of Sherlock Homes fame. It’s a new look at the relationship between Moriarity and Homes with Moriarity as protagonist. Ms. Castle has completely changed the opinion that Homes is an incredibly insightful Detective & is perhaps the beneficiary of really good press. It does make sense that Homes’ friend, Dr. John Watson would only publish successful conclusions. Read this book! It will transport you to Victorian England. W Not a criminal An absolute wonderful book starring Professor James Moriarity of Sherlock Homes fame. It’s a new look at the relationship between Moriarity and Homes with Moriarity as protagonist. Ms. Castle has completely changed the opinion that Homes is an incredibly insightful Detective & is perhaps the beneficiary of really good press. It does make sense that Homes’ friend, Dr. John Watson would only publish successful conclusions. Read this book! It will transport you to Victorian England. What a trip! U Nickthemoose

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aurora

    For those of us who are used to seeing Professor Moriarty as the evil arch-villain of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Anna Castle's unexpected recasting of the brilliant but reclusive professor as a romantic hero was a pleasant surprise. Add in the presence of a very traditional Sherlock Holmes with the ever helpful Watson and a spunky, liberated, not quite wholesome Mrs. Gould as a romantic heroine, set the piece in a science savvy 19th century and throw in a handful of completely immoral For those of us who are used to seeing Professor Moriarty as the evil arch-villain of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Anna Castle's unexpected recasting of the brilliant but reclusive professor as a romantic hero was a pleasant surprise. Add in the presence of a very traditional Sherlock Holmes with the ever helpful Watson and a spunky, liberated, not quite wholesome Mrs. Gould as a romantic heroine, set the piece in a science savvy 19th century and throw in a handful of completely immoral British upper crust villains to provide a foil for both Moriarty and the somewhat reluctant Holmes and Castle's story was one that pulled me in as few stories have. I LOVED this story and Jill Smith's mellifluous voice and enthusiastic style of narration just made it better. If you're a Holmes fan, or even if you aren't, this is a story you shouldn't miss.

  14. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Lynch

    I came to this book, the first in the Professor and Mrs Moriarty Mystery Series, because I so much enjoy the author’s Francis Bacon historical fiction series. The Moriarty books are different from the Francis Bacon books, as you would expect from such an accomplished writer, and it’s a mark of just how accomplished she is that – with just a couple of niggles, which I’ll come to – she manages so well the switch from Tudor times to the late Victorian age. This book turns on its head the relationshi I came to this book, the first in the Professor and Mrs Moriarty Mystery Series, because I so much enjoy the author’s Francis Bacon historical fiction series. The Moriarty books are different from the Francis Bacon books, as you would expect from such an accomplished writer, and it’s a mark of just how accomplished she is that – with just a couple of niggles, which I’ll come to – she manages so well the switch from Tudor times to the late Victorian age. This book turns on its head the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. In Anna Castle’s version, Moriarty is an upright citizen of impeccable moral standing and honesty, while Holmes is a conceited, self-regarding bungler. Holmes is out to get Moriarty and to pin on him a series of murders, the unravelling of which is at the heart of this book. As with her Francis Bacon books, Castle brings us an outstanding heroine who would inspire in any man the thought, “My dear woman, just say the word.” And she does say the word (to Moriarty) and he responds as any red-blooded man might be expected to. The niggles? They are not enormous, but they do matter. Anna Castle is American and writing a book set in Britain among British people is no easier for American writers than the reverse is for British writers. All the big, important stuff she gets right, but I found myself unwilling to believe that a London club of the quality Moriarty belongs to would serve its members American whiskey – and, sure enough, a few lines later she confirms that he is, in fact, drinking Scotch so it’s whisky and not whiskey. There are a few similar examples and, while they don’t detract from the quality of the book, they are there. There’s also a tendency, when her characters get into a real mess and you are wondering how on earth they are going to get out of it, to resort to the “With one bound she was free” solution. Finally, as a long-time fan of AE Housman, I was delighted in the early stages to discover that – like Housman and the object of his unrequited love, Moses Jackson – Moriarty is employed in the London Patent Office. Sure enough, Jackson turns up quite quickly and Housman immediately afterwards and I had great hopes that they would feature prominently in the novel, but that doesn’t happen. Perhaps in later books? We shall see. Those are the reasons why I give this book four stars and not five, but I repeat that they do not detract from the enjoyment. I recommend this book without reserve to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, the unravelling of a crime, characters who emerge alive from the page and have completely believable motivations, a good love story, and/or first-class writing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Prof Thomas D Wilson

    A little tedious in places Generally the story rattles along, but it ha its longeurs. The re-imagining of the Holmes-Moriarty relationship is nicely done and quite convincing. American authors attempting English settings, however, tend to get little things wrong - the British Library did not come into existence until 1973. What Moriarty visited would have been its predecessor, the British Museum Library. And I doubt whether a well educated man of the time would have used "gotten", which dropped o A little tedious in places Generally the story rattles along, but it ha its longeurs. The re-imagining of the Holmes-Moriarty relationship is nicely done and quite convincing. American authors attempting English settings, however, tend to get little things wrong - the British Library did not come into existence until 1973. What Moriarty visited would have been its predecessor, the British Museum Library. And I doubt whether a well educated man of the time would have used "gotten", which dropped out of general use in England in the 18th century.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne Lortz

    Having left his position at Durham University under a cloud, Professor James Moriarty now works at the Patent Office. When his old nemesis Lord Nettleton submits an engine to be patented, Moriarty notes that the machine is missing a vital gauge which will demonstrate its inferiority to the public. On the night before the exhibition, Moriarty surreptitiously installs the gauge on the machine. The next morning he attends the exhibition where, to his horror, he sees the machine explode when it is t Having left his position at Durham University under a cloud, Professor James Moriarty now works at the Patent Office. When his old nemesis Lord Nettleton submits an engine to be patented, Moriarty notes that the machine is missing a vital gauge which will demonstrate its inferiority to the public. On the night before the exhibition, Moriarty surreptitiously installs the gauge on the machine. The next morning he attends the exhibition where, to his horror, he sees the machine explode when it is turned on, killing a man in the process.  With the voluptuous and conniving American widow Mrs. Angelina Gould at his side, Moriarty tries to discover what caused the fatal accident. But the police and Sherlock Holmes are on the case as well, and Holmes has his sights set on Moriarty as the man responsible for murder. What follows is a tremendous game of intrigue, burglary, blackmail, and romance, as Moriarty tries to elude the insufferable Holmes and unravel the mysteries surrounding the explosion and the delightful Angelina.  This book was well plotted, with memorable characters in every corner of the cast. Moriarty was entirely sympathetic, a man noble and misunderstood while Holmes, with his beaky nose perpetually giving away his costume, was insufferable and pretentious. The Victorian mania for speculation and its frequent result of financial ruin provided a brilliant backdrop for the adventure. The title contains a double entendre--not only does Moriarty meet his intellectual match in the antagonistic Sherlock Holmes, but he also meets his perfect match in the charming and enigmatic Angelina Gould. The book contained a little more sexual content than I would have preferred, but on the whole it was a delightful read, and I look forward to more stories about the hero Anna Castle has created out of Conan Doyle's villain. 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Rosenblum

    I admit that I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fan - but probably more of a fan of the spin off books. 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 as 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 and explosion and a murder investigation by Sherlock I admit that I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fan - but probably more of a fan of the spin off books. 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 as 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 and 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 and intrigue. I also loved the minor character such as Sandy, Angelina's twin siblings and Mrs. Peacock. The author has definitely done her research enhancing the story with great details from the exhibit halls to royal society to fashion. The quirky humor and tongue in cheek scenes were very entertaining.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Patterson

    New spin with some familiar faces. I absolutely loved the premise of this book. When I read the introduction I was intrigued. As a big fan of Sherlock Holmes I've always loved Moriarty and his portrayal. That being said I ended up having a major roadblock getting into this book. I think I just had a really hard time not seeing him as the guilty party. I kept putting this story on and reading something else, but then always came back to it. I did get to a point where I really did enjoy the story a New spin with some familiar faces. I absolutely loved the premise of this book. When I read the introduction I was intrigued. As a big fan of Sherlock Holmes I've always loved Moriarty and his portrayal. That being said I ended up having a major roadblock getting into this book. I think I just had a really hard time not seeing him as the guilty party. I kept putting this story on and reading something else, but then always came back to it. I did get to a point where I really did enjoy the story as Anna Castle did a good job making things compelling. I loved the character of Mrs. Gould and found myself more drawn in once she became a more central character.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Weird premise, Cracking good cozy I've read quite a few books partnering Sherlock Holmes with other characters in the Holmes universe. However, this story focuses on a non-criminal (yet) Moriarty with feeling, especially for his new wife, Angelina. I especially liked that reptilian visage dreamed up by Sir ADD are absent here. One feels for Moriarty trying to overcome his gender's view that women are soft and not too smart. He has only to see his wife, Angelina & her sister, Viola. Weird premise, Cracking good cozy I've read quite a few books partnering Sherlock Holmes with other characters in the Holmes universe. However, this story focuses on a non-criminal (yet) Moriarty with feeling, especially for his new wife, Angelina. I especially liked that reptilian visage dreamed up by Sir ADD are absent here. One feels for Moriarty trying to overcome his gender's view that women are soft and not too smart. He has only to see his wife, Angelina & her sister, Viola.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Read and forgot to rate. Skim it an come back to rate.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lidia

    This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: It's 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars... I've always loved Sherlock Holmes stories, with all the quirkiness of his character and the ominous presence of his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty... And I've always liked books that take a well-known, well-liked tale and dance around it, twisting it, giving it a new perspective, altering the point of view - making it into something both familiar and yet completely different... So when I came across this This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: It's 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars... I've always loved Sherlock Holmes stories, with all the quirkiness of his character and the ominous presence of his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty... And I've always liked books that take a well-known, well-liked tale and dance around it, twisting it, giving it a new perspective, altering the point of view - making it into something both familiar and yet completely different... So when I came across this book I thought, why not? It may be interesting... And generally it is but... Well, the "but" is difficult to explain. On the one hand, I love the character of Angelina Gould; she's amiable and gentle yet strong and surprising, with brilliant intelligence. Her quest to save her brother is I think the best part of the book, On the other hand, I really don't care much about Professor Moriarty - and I can't really put my finger on why... Supposedly he is very intelligent himself but somehow it doesn't show in his investigation. I had a feeling he is tossed from situation to situation without having much clue about what is going on and what to do next. His character doesn't feel real for me - the only parts I did believe in him were some of the scenes between him and Angelina, but not enough to warm me up to him... As for the plot, it generally is an intriguing murder/embezzlement investigation, although the pace is a bit uneven. Some parts definitely slow the book down and I had a feeling (not too often, luckily) that there was too much talking and too little action, especially in the middle of the story... But the ending definitely speeds us, with some quite well described action-packed scenes - this is what made me finally round up the rating to 4 stars:) The narration by Ms Smith is quite good, although some of the voices she gives the male characters sound really strange, unnatural. But overall the pace of her reading is good and there is a bit of good acting in the dialogues, so I'd say it's a very decent interpretation of the book. DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This clever book puts Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis, James Moriarty, front and center as an amateur detective -- and a suspect in a crime to which he is also a witness. When a peer of the realm is killed by a faulty invention during the Great Exhibition, Moriarty's first thought is that his long-time enemy, Lord Nettleston, will finally be suspected of foul play. His second thought is to shield the beautiful American widow, Angelina Gould, from seeing any unpleasantness surrounding the death -- a This clever book puts Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis, James Moriarty, front and center as an amateur detective -- and a suspect in a crime to which he is also a witness. When a peer of the realm is killed by a faulty invention during the Great Exhibition, Moriarty's first thought is that his long-time enemy, Lord Nettleston, will finally be suspected of foul play. His second thought is to shield the beautiful American widow, Angelina Gould, from seeing any unpleasantness surrounding the death -- and from being trampled by the mob running to escape the building. So, in typical Victorian gentleman fashion, he gets her to someplace safe and they start talking. Moriarty is soon smitten, but has no idea of the kind of secrets Angelina is hiding. Naturally, we also see Holmes enter the picture. However, he is far from being the focus. Instead, we see Moriarty, alongside Angelina and her family -- both biological and chosen -- working to solve two mysteries at once: not only the whodunnit, but the why. There is also a subplot involving Angelina trying to prevent some scandalous information about her brother, Sebastian, from coming to light. The stories all dovetail into one at the end. Although I was unsurprised by some aspects of the reveal, other pieces of it drew on clues so casually sprinkled as to be unmemorable until the end. The "a-ha" that resulted was delightful. I look forward to reading more of this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    Moriarty, as in Professor Moriarty of Conan Doyle fame, is out for revenge: revenge against a man that cost him his position in life. He has gone from teaching at a reputable school to working in the Patent office and earning enough to survive on. When Moriarty attends the International Exhibition to watch a demonstration of a steam engine being promoted by the man who destroyed his life, he winds up seeing a steam engine explode, killing a man, while the man Moriarty wants revenge against surviv Moriarty, as in Professor Moriarty of Conan Doyle fame, is out for revenge: revenge against a man that cost him his position in life. He has gone from teaching at a reputable school to working in the Patent office and earning enough to survive on. When Moriarty attends the International Exhibition to watch a demonstration of a steam engine being promoted by the man who destroyed his life, he winds up seeing a steam engine explode, killing a man, while the man Moriarty wants revenge against survives. Moriarty’s knowledge of machine and mathematics makes him curious about the cause of the explosion. His curiosity is further piqued when he meets Mrs. Angelina Gould, a striking beauty with bronze coloured hair, amber eyes and an independent manner. She is a widow visiting from America. They both are attracted to each other and they both have secret goals and past secrets. And both are very strong-willed personalities who respect that about each other. As Moriarty and Gould work to achieve their separate goals, they find there is a commonality between the goals, along with a building of attraction between the two. Sherlock Holmes and Watson make a couple of short appearances, and it is apparent Holmes is distrustful about Moriarty. But the story is about Moriarty. This is the first of a short series and I’m curious to see what happens next.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trick Wiley

    In this historical mystery,drama,you have Moriarty out to find the man who hurt him and tried to destroy his life. Along the way he finds a woman who he can't live without and falls in love and then in the mist of looking for this man who hurt him,he runs into Sherlock Holmes who is after the same one who committed a crime,but is it that man or is it Moriarty? Not like Moriarty doesn't have enough problems,he now has to convince Homes that he didn't commit this crime,so now he has to prove his i In this historical mystery,drama,you have Moriarty out to find the man who hurt him and tried to destroy his life. Along the way he finds a woman who he can't live without and falls in love and then in the mist of looking for this man who hurt him,he runs into Sherlock Holmes who is after the same one who committed a crime,but is it that man or is it Moriarty? Not like Moriarty doesn't have enough problems,he now has to convince Homes that he didn't commit this crime,so now he has to prove his innocence or hang! The adventures that Moriarty has,you will really wonder did he or did he not do this! The woman he loves,he has to not only prove his innocence with her,but prove that he loves her! Will Moriarty get a break and have the woman he loves help him or convince Holmes top believe him and get his help?? Such a great deal drama mystery that you feel like you are right there trying and rooting for Moriarty, shaking your head,will this guy ever get a break?? Such a fun and interesting myself and this is the first of many stories of Moriarty in Merry Old England!! Ohh, NO, here comes Scotland Yard!! Enjoy this writer, did a excellent job of making this story come alive for me and I hope for you!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mmgeric

    A very interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes vs. Prof. Moriarty saga Ms. Castle has really flipped the roles of Sherlock Holmes & Prof. Moriarty in this cozy mystery, Moriarty Meets His Match. I've read 99% of Doyle's Holmes books and don't recall Holmes as the bad guy & Moriarty the good guy. That said, I think Ms. Castle has written a very intriguing, interesting and entertaining novel. With her introduction of Mrs. Angelina Gould to the script she has added a terrific new character to the sc A very interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes vs. Prof. Moriarty saga Ms. Castle has really flipped the roles of Sherlock Holmes & Prof. Moriarty in this cozy mystery, Moriarty Meets His Match. I've read 99% of Doyle's Holmes books and don't recall Holmes as the bad guy & Moriarty the good guy. That said, I think Ms. Castle has written a very intriguing, interesting and entertaining novel. With her introduction of Mrs. Angelina Gould to the script she has added a terrific new character to the script. In fact, in my humble opinion, she alone stands out as the lead player in this drama. You find yourself wondering what the next chapter holds in store for our heroine. Ms Castle throws in some missing letters which actually starts the quest that Mrs. Gould must endure throughout this novel, somewhat shady backgrounds for members of Mrs. Gould's traveling troop and a few murders just to get the juices flowing. All in all you will find this a very well written book with a lot of obvious time spent creating and laying out the characters & plot of this fine novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charles L.

    A delightful, historical mystery with wonderful characters This author is a delight to read. She tells the story in beautiful use of language that catches the reader's imagination so that one actually feels present and involved- like getting annoyed with Sherlock's pomposity and arrogance as he rattles on with countless observations, and cheering when Moriarty finally explodes and fights back. The plot in this historical fiction keeps the reader in suspense until nearly the end, caught in twists A delightful, historical mystery with wonderful characters This author is a delight to read. She tells the story in beautiful use of language that catches the reader's imagination so that one actually feels present and involved- like getting annoyed with Sherlock's pomposity and arrogance as he rattles on with countless observations, and cheering when Moriarty finally explodes and fights back. The plot in this historical fiction keeps the reader in suspense until nearly the end, caught in twists and turns. However, for this reader it is the characters that really make this book a winner. They are each very unique with personalities that make one laugh, cheer, boo, empathize, and applaud - delightful and unforgettable! I look forward to reading more from this superb writer.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    Moriarty, the scourge of Sherlock Holmes has his own nemesis, Lord Nettleton, who has presented the perfect opportunity to be shown up. Things go horribly wrong and Moriarty finds himself in the frame for murder. To make matters worse, there's a charming and oh-so mysterious lady distracting him and the dogged presence of Sherlock Holmes. There are two sides to every story. For well over 130 years, we've heard of the cunning exploits of Sherlock Holmes. But what if... is Professor James Moriarty Moriarty, the scourge of Sherlock Holmes has his own nemesis, Lord Nettleton, who has presented the perfect opportunity to be shown up. Things go horribly wrong and Moriarty finds himself in the frame for murder. To make matters worse, there's a charming and oh-so mysterious lady distracting him and the dogged presence of Sherlock Holmes. There are two sides to every story. For well over 130 years, we've heard of the cunning exploits of Sherlock Holmes. But what if... is Professor James Moriarty the dastardly scoundrel we've been led to believe or is he a warm-hearted man whose only crime is being socially awkward? I really enjoyed this shift in perspective. I do see where a Holmes purist would be irritated by the change in canon, but if you can move beyond what we've always been told, it's nice to round out a character and see him in a new light. Recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This first in a series imagines when Moriarty first meets Sherlock Holmes. Holmes suspects Moriarty of a crime, but the latter is innocent and he goes head to head with Holmes as a worthy opponent in trying to solve the case first. This is a rather different Professor Moriarty than the Conan-Doyle character, and I like him. The professor meets the love of his life, who is crafty herself. After he rescues and marries her, she proposes their joint mission in life: “'Persons who have been wronged,' This first in a series imagines when Moriarty first meets Sherlock Holmes. Holmes suspects Moriarty of a crime, but the latter is innocent and he goes head to head with Holmes as a worthy opponent in trying to solve the case first. This is a rather different Professor Moriarty than the Conan-Doyle character, and I like him. The professor meets the love of his life, who is crafty herself. After he rescues and marries her, she proposes their joint mission in life: “'Persons who have been wronged,' she’d explained. 'If the law can’t give them justice, where are they to turn? With our combined talents, we can help them. We can establish a sort of consulting agency for victims of injustice. If we earn a comfortable living from it, that seems only fair to me.'”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Moriarty Meets His Match (A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery, #1), my first highly enjoyable read from author Anna Castle, An author I'd wanted to read for some time yet never got around to. A different look at Sherlock Holmes & Professor Moriarty . All I can say is WOW! December seemed to be my month for new authors, January continued the trend, and now February. A well written, entertaining read, with intriguing, well-developed characters. Slow to start but when it took off I couldn't turn pa Moriarty Meets His Match (A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery, #1), my first highly enjoyable read from author Anna Castle, An author I'd wanted to read for some time yet never got around to. A different look at Sherlock Holmes & Professor Moriarty . All I can say is WOW! December seemed to be my month for new authors, January continued the trend, and now February. A well written, entertaining read, with intriguing, well-developed characters. Slow to start but when it took off I couldn't turn pages fast enough. Jill Smith"s outstanding narration added greatly to a good book's enjoyment. “I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." I look forward to reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula Dyches

    Absolutely Wonderful Reversal on Holmes Mysteries So much fun! I loved this version of a Sherlock Holmes mystery... This is a twist as seen through Moriarty's eyes. It is a must read for Sherlock fans and mystery fans alike. Can it be that Mr. Holmes has it wrong about Moriarty? Parents- It has mild language, murder scenes but not overly graphic, there is some sexual content (mention of whoring and gentlemen's needs, descriptions of intimate situations but no actual bedroom scenes)- probably PG13 Absolutely Wonderful Reversal on Holmes Mysteries So much fun! I loved this version of a Sherlock Holmes mystery... This is a twist as seen through Moriarty's eyes. It is a must read for Sherlock fans and mystery fans alike. Can it be that Mr. Holmes has it wrong about Moriarty? Parents- It has mild language, murder scenes but not overly graphic, there is some sexual content (mention of whoring and gentlemen's needs, descriptions of intimate situations but no actual bedroom scenes)- probably PG13 and for +16 readers. The narrator does a fantastic job with the differentiation between characters, accents, overall acting, and was just a lot of fun to listen to. —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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