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    Great story, weak format

    I will start off by saying that this is a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Once again the mystery that surrounds the crime grabs the reader and holds them throughout the story. Much like "a Study in Scarlet" the story is narrated first by Watson followed by the second part which is primarily in the "omnipresent" third person which provides the backstory to the crime at hand. I thought that is wasn't as strong a novel as "Hound of the Baskervilles" and could have easily been a typical short story if you eliminated a lot of the backstory. Granted the suspense towards the end is great, but it lacks the presence of Holmes. It probably could have worked on its own without any link to SH in the first place. While chronologically this story is set sometime before "the Final Problem" I recommend reading this book last as it might not hold a casual Holmes reader as long as other novels. I have a large complaint with the eBook itself. Chapters are not properly sectioned as it reads as two big chapters (100 pages each). The TOC works but somehow the page counter doesn't recognize the change in chapters. Also, the book claims to be illustrated but none of the illustrations are related to the story nor are they quite good. They seem to be a mishmash of clip art pictures that you would find on Google when searching for Sherlock Holmes. While the book was worth the price, I just feel that the formatting could be improved without the cheesy "illustrations".

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