Moriarty Takes His Medicine

Moriarty Takes His Medicine

2: Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mysteries

Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own…

James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashionable new home — or trying to. But James has too little to occupy his mind and Angelina has too many secrets pressing on her heart. They fear they’ll never learn to live together.

Then Sherlock Holmes comes to call with a challenging case. He suspects a prominent Harley Street specialist of committing murders for hire, sending patients home from his private hospital with deadly doses or fatal conditions. Holmes intends to investigate, but the doctor’s clientele is exclusively female. He needs Angelina’s help.

While Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson explore the alarming number of ways a doctor can murder his patients with impunity, Angelina enters into treatment with their primary suspect, posing as a nervous woman who fears her husband wants to be rid of her. Then a hasty conclusion and an ill-considered word drive James and Angelina apart, sending her deep into danger. Now they must find the courage to trust each other as they race the clock to win justice for the murdered women before they become victims themselves.

Moriarty Takes His Medicine is short-listed for the 2019 Chanticleer’s 2019 Murder & Mayhem awards!

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Praise for Moriarty Takes His Medicine

“A captured wife, a clever and devious doctor, and women in disguise … all the trappings of a Holmes case are embellished and enhanced throughout, contributing to a mystery whose tension is well-drawn and whose plot is satisfyingly unpredictable and complex.

Mystery and humor are not often bedfellows in the intrigue genre, but in Moriarty Takes His Medicine, they are not only strange companions, but they successfully work hand-in-hand to create an inviting, fun read that alternately has readers laughing and scratching their heads.

Picture a focus not just on Sherlock Holmes’ investigations, but the character of Professor Moriarty: one which keeps the action vivid, but considers it from a different angle, and which doesn’t ban Mrs. Moriarty from the headlines, either.

In this latest adventure, the Professor and his Mrs. face their new marriage, life together, and a host of secrets keeping them at arm’s length – including a case too challenging for even the great Sherlock Holmes. Given the nature of all these circumstances, how can the newly-formed dynamic duo solve their case and address their maintain newfound marital blend of bliss and discord at the same time?

As events unfold, Holmes finds himself requiring the assistance of Angelina Moriarty to solve a case where a woman can go where men cannot, and as she places herself in danger to get at the heart of a murdering physician’s routines, Moriarty, Holmes and Watson must work together on their greatest case yet.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will welcome the different perspectives provided throughout Moriarty Takes His Medicine, which illustrate not just the investigation but the motives and approaches of all involved: “Every word, even the complaints, tells me how much you love your husband. Otherwise, you’d talk about something else. Let’s try to remember why you married him in the first place.” More sensible advice. Would he bother if he meant to murder her in a few weeks? But she played along. She remembered perfectly why she’d married James Moriarty. He’d saved her life and as they went on from there, she’d fallen in love with him.”

Especially recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes, this addition to a growing series continues to add nuances and details that grow characters and present plots that are engaging, fun, and complex.”

– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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9 February 2018

A Discovering Diamonds review of: Moriarty Takes His Medicine by Anna Castle
(A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Book 2)

Mystery / Victorian era / Sherlock Holmes spin-off / England

It’s a daunting thing to take up a beloved story series and add one’s own spin to it, but just as the recent Sherlock video series has reinvigorated the visual narrative and atmosphere when viewers like me would have thought Jeremy Brett the definitive Sherlock, so has Anna Castle shown us what might be done in our era with the stories that got generations of readers hooked on detective fiction in the 19th century. I was able to jump right in with the second volume of the Moriarty series—testimony to Castle’s writing skill.

As the tale opens, Moriarty is thoroughly domestic and thoroughly harassed. His fussy wife is redoing their newlywed home to her taste, harrying him from room to room and then to his club, and we wonder just how someone as important and complex as Holmes’s nemesis could be in such insubstantial circumstances, attached to such a fluttery creature. But then we learn that perhaps “nemesis” is an exaggeration, and perhaps there’s another way to look at the characters we’ve known, or thought we knew, all along.

For with pretty deft handling, we get glimpses of the story from Book 1, and tantalizing peeks at Mrs. Moriarty’s sister, a woman of questionable character. All that’s just in the background, though soon to be brought into the foreground as the game comes afoot. For it seems some wealthy women are dying at an alarming rate, and soon after their special treatment for the nervous disorders of the Victorian era. And it seems only some wily women might be able to infiltrate the facility—Holmes’s famous disguises just won’t do.

The rollicking story is satisfyingly predictable, and this easy read entices us to pick up Book 1 and to also look forward to the next in the series.

© Cindy Rinaman Marsch

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