The thing is that I hate reading Sherlock Holmes stories when Dr. Watson is so stupid that I want to take my iPad and throw it away. And, in this one he was Nigel Bruce stupid. Ever seen the old Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes? He is brilliant as Sherlock Holmes, Unfortunately Nigel Bruce is awful as Dr. Watson. Incompetent and stupid. And, this book really made Watson out to be a fool.
I found the story in the beginning to be interesting as the three people that are killed are linked to three Sherlock Holmes cases. But then both Lestrade and Watson seem to think that Sherlock Holmes is behind it. Come one? Lestrade I can believe, but Watson thinking that? Idiot. The whole book, and it was not a thick book was just not that interesting to read. The story never really got interesting. The German threat felt reused and everything was so simple. And, the ending when the real culprit was revealed was a letdown.
A book that just not was for me. I didn't find the story entertaining or engaging and it's not hard for Mycroft and Sherlock to seem clever when everyone else is stupid.
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