Quickly put, whether you embrace or deride the more-modern takes on the Holmes canon that present themselves in a small way in this collection, even the more traditional tales here strike a average note. Sometimes a good average, but more often lacklustre efforts abound. "A Study in Sherlock" presents a series of new Sherlock tales which range from the serviceable, but on this occassion, sadly unremarkable Alan Bradley's effort, to a passable Lee Child short, an authentic but dull effort by Thomas Perry and the sheerly brown-nosing affair by Tony Broadbent. The most ingenious story here, so far, is the 'Men with the Twisted Lips', which is a re-telling from the other protagonists point of view, of the classic Conan Doyle story. I've still half the book to read and only can hope it generally improves overall, but at the end of page 168, an atrociously drawn cartoon by Colin Cotterill, I'm not sanguine at all.