Moriarty Paradigm: Vallis Timoris by Mike Chinn and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Book review

Moriarty Paradigm: Vallis Timoris by Mike Chinn and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Fringeworks, £11.99

Reviewed by Christopher Teague

I’m no Sherlock Holmes expert nor steampunk for that matter, but I’ve read and watched a few pieces of both which makes me a fan and at the start I’d just like to remark that I found this tale hugely entertaining.

Inspired by Doyle’s “The Valley of Fear” (which I have not read so cannot comment on the authenticity) but given a steampunk twist by Chinn, how can you not resist the tale of murder and political skullduggery set on the Moon?

As you’d expect, the British Empire reigns supreme in this tale with Victorian space rockets and the lunar satellite under Victoria’s reign.

What I found surprising about this tale is just how much Holmes and Watson become secondary characters, which much of the story set primarily on the lunar surface and across the Pond.

Of course, there will be the purists who believe that Holmes’ character should not be messed with, and if you are one of those then this will probably make your blood boil but if you’re looking for a pulpy adventure story with a Jules Verne-twist then it is well worth a read.