This is my second venture in to the literary world of Sherlock Holmes and it was much better than the first. Maybe, as Julie Andrews once said, “start at the very beginning; it’s a very good place to start”.
The first half of this book was incredible, I finally felt I was getting Sherlock Holmes. The introductions between Holmes and Watson, the actual murder that takes place, it was all grand and I loved it. The main problem I had was that the perpetrator is caught within the first half of novel. We then spend the majority of the second half of the book, 20 years prior, which details the history and motivations of the killer and his victims. It all felt a little disjointed to me, the first half and the second half didn’t marry up very well and, honestly, it all went downhill for me in the second half.
Overall this was okay. The first half I would have been much happier with on it’s own or expanded somewhat, the second half I could have really done without. It dragged the entire book down for me, quite considerably, because up to that point it was a 5* read for me, it ended on a 3* though. I still enjoy reading a Sherlock novel and I don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon, I just haven’t quite got that buzz that others seem to get from them yet!