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3.0 out of 5 stars
A (slightly) illuminated echo, 17 Mar. 2013
Purchased this from the UK 'zon (no problems there) after getting wrapped up in the Sherlock series. The book is a good addendum to the shows, but I was hoping that it would delve deeper into the backstory and production than it did.
The format IS that of casebook notes presumably written by Watson before creating his blog and annotated amusingly by a series of "post-it" notes penned by Sherlock, Mycroft etc. along with replies by Watson. Sometimes whole dialogues ensue, and these were the most amusing!
However, the cases that were outlined hewed very close to what was seen onscreen, with only a little added detail. I was hoping for more of the "footwork" to be shown, and there the book disappointed. There was so much backstory to Moriarty that could have been shown but was not; the latter episodes seemed "cramped" in this regard, as if the author were running out of steam as he progressed.
Would also have liked more details of the production, including more information on the actors and settings. As an American, I found a few of the British-isms a bit opaque; however a short online search sorted out most of the odd terms and location names.
So, I'd recommend this book to a casual fan of the series or one who isn't hooked yet; even so that is a wide audience. That isn't to say that I will not invest in the next in this series that would logically pick up at Series 3.