Well this book is free, so if you want to read about how Dr. Watson first came to meet and live with Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street, here you go.
I actually thought that the character of Dr. Watson and Sherlock read as very young to me. Sherlock is so excited about things and Dr. Watson is a bit nonplussed at times with Sherlock. I liked that Sherlock doesn't talk down to Watson and that Watson gets a very clear idea early on that Sherlock is quite brilliant.
The first case this two work together "A Study in Scarlet" finds them going to a crime scene where a man is found dead with the word "Rache" on the wall. With Scotland Yard trying to solve the case, Sherlock steps in and shows how to properly deduce the guilty parties.
I enjoyed Watson and Sherlock in this one. Even though I saw some hints of Sherlock not being overly impressed with the deductions made by Scotland Yard, it wasn't written as nasty.
The story falls a part a bit in my opinion when Doyle takes the action to Salt Lake City (the Mormon community). I seriously was confused for a couple of minutes and actually wondered if I had gotten the wrong book and just kept reading. That whole segue ruined the flow of the book. It just felt like we got a random information dump in the middle of the book that does not quite work.
The solution felt a little too elaborate for me. Reading this after "Murder on the Orient Express" was probably a bad idea. Christie does a better job of setting up her mysteries I think than Doyle does.
I read this for Kill Your Darlings and Horror Aficionados Public Domain Challenge.