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Why you must read Charles Veley’s The Last Moriarty


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In November, 1895, powerful men of two nations call on Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder and prevent an international disaster. But a lovely woman from Holmes’s past desperately needs his help. Holmes decides to take her case. Now he must stop a revived Moriarty gang, whose leader is bent on avenging his brother’s death at Reichenbach, and the deadly assassin Colonel Moran, on the loose with the latest devices of destruction. Holmes must also look deeply into the past, and into emotions he never shows to the public, as he comes to terms with events that could change his life and darken the lives of millions.

Sherlock Holmes? That Sherlock Holmes?!
Traditional Sherlock Holmes fans will love it. So will fans of the two TV series and the movies, since the story lets us see Sherlock in high-stakes situations. Many general readers will also enjoy it, since the story revolves around universally powerful themes.

Fantastic. We presume he’s up to his usual sleuthing. And is Watson in it?
It’s a mystery-thriller, set in 1895, narrated by Dr. Watson in his usual style, though events happen at a pace that’s faster than the original stories.

That’s what today’s readers want. How else is your Sherlock different?
In “The Last Moriarty,” he’s more along the lines that Jeremy Brett made famous – quirky, but with a hero’s attitude and stature. Watson narrates the story and also plays an important part in the action. In TLM, Watson resembles the character portrayed by Edward Hardwicke. He may miss some things about the case, but his heart is always absolutely straight and true.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
The book of mine you should read next is the one I’m working on. Or you could listen to the audiobook version of TLM, brilliantly narrated by Actor’s Equity professional Jacob Thompson.

We’ll check it out.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
By day I work as a real estate executive for United Technologies Corporation in the Hartford, CT area. Part of my job is to bring sustainable design into the company’s development projects, in keeping with UTC’s position as a sustainability leader. I’m a member of the Counselors of Real Estate.

Besides “The Last Moriarty,” I also wrote the book and lyrics for “The Pirates of Finance,” a musical comedy that has been performed in Wilton and Stamford, CT, Los Angeles and Burbank, CA, Gettysburg, PA and New York City, and received an honorable mention for excellence in lyrics at last year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival.

That’s impressive.
How can we follow you online?

What’s next?
One of the characters from “The Last Moriarty” is about to have some adventures of her own, assisted by Holmes and narrated by Watson, of course.

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Mexico, Future – can you give us a brief storyline?
I’m a slow storyteller, so not really.

But what the heck – in 1994, a woman vacationing with her husband at a luxury Cozumel resort swims into an underground cave. While she’s exploring, there’s an explosion. When she comes to the surface again, she discover’s she’s now thirty years into the future, and the son she was pregnant with is now the leader of a Mexican cartel. She must find her husband (if he’s still alive) and either make her son see how he needs to change… or kill him.

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