Sherlock Holmes, the world's most brilliant private investigator, stops the delivery of a package bomb from his secret fling, Irene Adler, to a German doctor. Holmes intercepts a letter the doctor was to give to Adler to deliver to an unknown party; in exchange, Adler's employer, Moriarty, poisons her, believing her to be untrustworthy due to her feelings for Holmes. Meanwhile, Watson, Holmes' trusty sidekick, informs him of his intentions to marry Mary, his long-time girlfriend. Holmes disapproves, primarily in order to keep Watson by his side for cases. Holmes finds that the letter he took was meant for a Gypsy named Simza, and upon encountering Simza, he immediately spots an assassination attempt on her life and foils it. He believes this is the work of the brilliant Professor Moriarty, who upon meeting Holmes confesses that he killed Adler and will kill Watson and everyone else Holmes may hold dear if he continues to poke around his operation. When Moriarty's honeymoon is interrupted by Moriarty's henchmen, and Holmes saves them, they must race after Simza. Upon finding her, they tell her that the letter for her, sent from her brother, means that her brother works for Moriarty and he must have passed information about Moriarty's evil plot to Simza. When it is deduced that the final target of Moriarty's bombings will be a peace summit in Switzerland, it is up to Holmes, Watson, and Simza to save the day and stop Moriarty once and for all.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It's a worthy sequel, exciting and funny throughout. Its leads have terrific chemistry, and in Moriarty, Holmes has found his greatest possible adversary.
Best scene in story:
The train ride to Watson's honeymoon, involving some truly gigantic guns and Holmes in disguise in a wig, dress, and makeup, is terrific fun.
Opinion about the main character:
Holmes is an eccentric, and it's easy to see how he would irritate those around him, but inside of Holmes is an evident beating heart, which makes him such an indelible hero.