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Michael Kurland Books In Order

Publication Order of Mission Books

Third Force (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tank War (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Plague of Spies (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Professor Moriarty Books

The Infernal Device (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death by Gaslight (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Game (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Empress of India (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Thinks Evil (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lord Darcy Books

Ten Little Wizards (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Study in Sorcery (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chronicles of Elsewhen Books

Perchance (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alexander Brass Books

Too Soon Dead (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girls in the High-Heeled Shoes (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Welker & Saboy Books

The Bells of Hell (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ten Years to Doomsday (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transmission Error (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Benjamin Square (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whenabouts of Burr (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pluribus (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomorrow Knight (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princes of Earth (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Psi Hunt (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last President (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Cycle (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Griffin (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Button Bright (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Infernal Device and Others (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Victorian Villainy (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trials of Quintilian (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small World (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Spymaster's Handbook (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Encyclopedia of Horrifica (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gallery of Rogues (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Solve a Murder (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Try a Murder (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Extraterrestrial Intelligence (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your Memory (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Idiot's Guide to Unsolved Mysteries (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Encyclopedia of World Espionage (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Irrefutable Evidence (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's a Mystery to Me (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Michael Kurland is an author of more than 30 novels in a variety of genres. His works range from non-fiction topics such as amateur radio, espionage, criminal law, forensic science, history of crime in America. His novels have made the “Writers’ Digest Book Club,” the “Junior Literary Guild,” the“ Readers’ Digest Book Club,” and the “Military Book Club.” He has written a ton of fantasy and science fiction novels the most notable of which are “A Study in Sorcery” set in the Angevin Empire by Randall Garrett, the Hugo nominated “The Unicorn Girl,” and the “Ten little Wizards.” In recent years, he has focused on the writing of mysteries with his main work the Professor Moriarty series. The first of the series “The Infernal Device” was nominated for the American Book Award and an Edgar Award. “The Girls in the High Heeled Shoes” and “Too Soon Dead” are set in the 1930s and have New York World columnist Alexander Brass as the lead character. A few of his novels such as “Button-Bright” and “The Last President” have been described into the nondescript mainstream category. His idiosyncratic historical novel “Irrefutable Evidence” which analyzes the development of Forensic Science has been very popular in Europe. His novels have been translated into Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian, German, French, Danish, Czech, and Chinese.

Michael is a middle-aged man with mild greying hair, plump body, and hazel eyes framed by wire-rim glasses. He has been described as a man with the look of a rabbit invited to dine at the Wolf’s Club. He has been a guest lecturer to many events, been a magical explainer, seeker of absent persons, editor of an idiosyncratic magazine and teacher of disinterested children. But he has always kept close to his profession of scrivener, given that he finds the disapproval of bank managers and disinterest of landlord a good counterbalance against the fawning idolatry of fans. He currently lives in a Secular Humanist Hermitage located in a secluded bay between Los Angeles and San Francisco, where he grows his own food.

The award-winning novel “The Infernal Device” by Michael Kurland introduced his most popular character. Moriarty just got a letter that has warned him to stay away from the Trepoff case, emphasized by a bomb explosion. He is being pursued by a gang of Arabs and asks his friends Sefton and Barnett to come to his rescue. They had been in Constantinople reporting on the testing of a new submarine which blows up leaving Sefton dead and Barnett in prison on charges of espionage. Once Moriarty arrives in Odessa, the Okhrana contract his services to help track down Trepoff the anarchist who is believed to be fomenting war between Russia and Britain. Once he arrives back in Constantinople, he successfully manages to set up a daring escape for his friend Barnett and learns that Trepoff had been responsible for their plight in that city. In getting him out of prison Moriarty gets Barnett to agree to work for him for two years. But even as Moriarty gets Barnett to meet up with his associates while he plans a meeting with Holmes, Trepoff is still trying to kill him. Holmes believes that Moriarty is guilty of the disappearance of the Duke of Ipswich’s daughter. But they have bigger problems as the Queen is targeted in the Solent ,which forces Holmes and Moriarty to team up to thwart the attack.

“Death by Gaslight” is an exceptional story in the Professor Moriarty series by Kurland. Someone had cut the throat of Lord Walbine and Moriarty thinks the death may be connected to two recent killings. Lord Arundale has made a request to the government asking that Sherlock Holmes be engaged as the lead in the investigation. Meanwhile, Barnett assigns Cecily Perrine who works for the American News Agency as correspondent to investigate the killings. Holmes believes Moriarty is responsible for the homicides and leads a raid on his Dartmoor observatory where he is making an astronomical balloon named aerostat. He also raids his house in the city. In the meantime, the murders just will not let up even as Moriarty is involved in the making of plans to steal some valuable Eastern artifacts from Lord East’s residence. Holmes thinks Moriarty is responsible for the murders but first he needs to find a link between the half a dozen victims. A delegation arrives from the Amateur Mendicant Society requesting the assistance of Moriarty in tracking down a murderer. Cecily Perrine who was appointed by Barnett continues to investigate for the Morning Chronicle though her investigations get her capture. Meanwhile, Moriarty does the impossible and steals the treasure even as his friend frantically searches for Cecily. As usual Homes thinks Moriarty is responsible for the theft and moves heaven and Earth top prove it. But they finally agree to work together and find the murders but not before a murderous attack on the Hellfire Club and on Holmes.

“The Great Game” is one of Michael Kurland’s most intriguing novels. Sherlock Holmes just declared James Moriarty a “Napoleon of Crime.” The professor is known for dabbling in unsavory activities, his keen analytical mind, and his scientific contributions. In the novel Cecily Perrine and her husband Benjamin Barnett who are former associates of the professor are traveling in Europe when they realize that they are being trailed by unknown persons. It is not long before they find themselves at the center of an assassination attempt of a German prince. Meanwhile, a son of a British lord has been doing some amateur spying when he finds himself framed for the assassination of an Austrian Duke and his paramour. In London, Moriarty gets an unknown caller who wants him to help on a matter of urgency. Before Moriarty can come to the door the man is shot by a crossbow bolt from an unknown location. Moriarty is intrigued by the case and immediately gets to investigations. What he unearths is a conspiracy that has been working to destabilize the monarchical governments of Europe. But he thinks there is an even bigger conspiracy in play and thinks the person behind it may be just as clever as him. Using the help of his friends, contacts and Sherlock Holmes his nemesis, Moriarty must bring all his wit to outwit his most cunning opponent yet and save his friends.

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