Glen Allardyce


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Smashwords book reviews by Glen Allardyce

  • Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius on Sep. 02, 2011

    I thought the idea of exploring Moriarty was a brilliant one, as Doyle, it seems to me, did not paint a complete picture of Holmes' nemesis. In fact it makes me wonder why it is that Moritarty has held such an important place in popular culture. What Michael Charton has accomplished with this narrative is to shine a light on that shadowy figure and explain exactly why Holmes considers him the Napoleon of Crime. Charton's Moriarty is a mutli-faceted character capable of not only matching Holmes intellect but perhaps surpassing it. I would recommend this book to anyone who, like me enjoys the Holmes stories. It is interesting that just last week I read "The Final Problem" the Holmes story where Moriarty is introduced. As such I think that it was the perfect time to read this refreshing and original biography. One of the most enjoyable things about it was the fact that interspersed throughout the story come famous men of day from Freud to Oscar Wilde as well as others. If you enjoy the Holmes stories I urge you to read this book it will allow you the unique opportunity to delve further into a wonderful character who really does deserve more attention. Well done Michael