My first dive in to the world of Sherlock Holmes was certainly as strange one. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Many people claim it is very boring and through the first 30%, I’d say I understand why. But as the story progresses, something very strange happens. It leaves Sherlock behind entirely and a suspenseful short story emerges telling the motives behind the murders in extreme detail. At first I blanched, irritated by the sudden extreme change in narrative, but as I continued, the adventure in Utah with evil Mormons and their harem of wives proved to be the most exciting portion of the book! After time caught up and we found ourselves back in the now, the story had an entirely new feel. Instead of siding with the detectives, I was happy for the suspect in his successful undertaking. I think I will look back on this book more fondly than as time goes by. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, and thoroughly understand how this book spawned an entire multi-media franchise.
Well worth the read.