This review is from: A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (Collins Classics) (Paperback)
...Sherlock Holmes book and after watching the TV series I thought I would give the books a go. I enjoyed the book until Part 2 where just at the point of climax it massively changes in tone and narration. I feel that when I pick up a book to read it takes a while to get in to the rhythm of it so when halfway through it completely changes rhythm right at the point of climax I felt a bit betrayed. It felt like they had glued the middle of a different book in by mistake.
Suddenly we are no longer in Watson's recollections but the middle of a desert with some Mormons for a good five chapters... I get the point, he is avenging a woman, but I'm sure it could have been told in a paragraph or two. This did completely lose my interest and any suspense that had built up. I found myself skimming through these chapters.
However, it is only a short book, so I did eventually make it out of the desert and into the concluding chapters. But I think if the book had been longer that I probably would have stopped at that point as it required effort and concentration to maintain interest.
It was interesting to read about Sherlock Holmes as he was originally created has been portrayed in so many other forms and I am glad I have read the book. However, I probably won't read any more Sherlock books based on this whole desert thing, which is a shame because the rest of the book was enjoyable. I just wouldn't trust another book not to completely deviate half way through after I have put effort into reading the first half.