Although the title of my review suggests this may not be a good read, I have only criticised it in comparison with the previous two books as they are truly excellent reads. This one, as I say, I found a bit harder going. It seems to me that the author was trying too hard to fit as much as possible into the story and quite frankly the presence of Arthur Conan Doyle, whilst interesting at first, became an encumbrance later on with too many coincidental meetings between Mclevy, Mukholland and Doyle being my main bugbear. Having said all that this is still head and shoulders above the competition and the series should be much more popular than it appears to be. There was probably enough material here for two books with a bit of filling out of character and place, both of which incidentally, is beautifully described in this book as well as the others which makes the series the joy it is. I've just discovered the radio plays on Audible and I can heartily recommend them as well.