The Empress of India: A Professor Moriarty Novel

The Empress of India: A Professor Moriarty Novel

by Michael Kurland

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The Empress of India: A Professor Moriarty Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
alice443 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this series Professor Moriarty takes on a new and somewhat less sinister role -- he's still a master mind and a criminal, but not the primary villain. In this story a wide array of characters find themselves together on a ship with a great deal of gold being shipped from India to England.I found this to be a very enjoyable new take on the ultimate evil doer.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Kurland has written a series of Sherlockiana from the point of view of "The Napoleon of Crime" Professor Moriarty. In these books Sherlock Holmes and his friends accuse Moriarty of every crime perpetrated in England. Moriarty admits that he is a criminal, but that he uses his ill-gotten-gains to fund his scientific research. In this story Moriarty and his friend Colonel Moran are on a steamship traveling from Calcutta to London. On board is a large amount of gold and a variety of stereotypical Victorian characters; the old fashioned British military officer, the plucky young woman and her dashing love interest, the gang of thugs led by an inscrutable Chinaman and the bungling Scotland Yard detectives. A very enjoyable read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Holmes deduced that Watson was feeling better from his recent illness.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1890, the Empress of India leaves Calcutta carrying a quarter-ton of gold to deliver to the Bank of England in London. The vessel also carries an assortment of passengers including the notorious Professor James Moriarty and the malevolent Colonel Sebastian Moran. Brigadier General Sir Edward St. Yves leads thirty Highland Lancers watching over the fortune his eighteen years old Lolita like daughter, Margaret accompanies him. --- Moriarty and Moran compete for possession of the valuable heavily bejeweled statuette 'Queen of Lamapoor' also on board. However, someone steals the gold shipment. The English government immediately assumes Moriarty did the deed. They ask Holmes to retrieve the stolen loot from the Professor, but instead he vanishes. Meanwhile Moriarty not enjoying the limelight that interferes with his ¿business¿ activities decides to solve the case of what appears to have been an impossible theft. --- The latest Moriarty investigative tale is a fabulous historical mystery that uses the ¿locked room¿ concept enhanced by a vivid look at relationships during the late Victorian era ¿The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire¿ mindset. The terrific story line contains a strong who-done-it and how he or she purloined the gold, but is held together mostly by the ¿hero¿ who finds being the prime suspect interfering with his efforts to win the prize of GREAT GAME instead of Moran succeeding at the endeavor. Michael Kurland provides a wonderful thriller as the unknown opponent seems to match Moriarty with for wit. --- Harriet Klausner