This was an interesting read.
It started off as expected: murder, mystery, and the great Sherlock Holmes at his best in deducing what happened. The great partnership of Holmes and Watson begins here as they are introduced by a mutual friend since they both required a roommate. Holmes is asked for his help and Watson goes along for the ride.
Part II confused me for a bit until I realized it was a flashback to the life of the murderer back in the US. It felt like a completely different book, as the murderer's story is more about Brigham Young and his followers as they settled in Utah. Have you read The 19th Wife? It was a bit like that.
Anyway, this was a great intro the Doyle's Sherlock. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace, the mystery, the introduction of Watson and Holmes. Doyle's writing is quite engaging. I was pulled in quickly and completely invested in figuring out who was murdered, by who and why.
Next to read: The Sign of the Four