on March 13, 2012 :
I read the first two stories and a portion of the third as a free sample, and immediately was hooked and had to buy the book.
Although this is a set of short stories, they do have an internal order.
Amelia Watson (nee Pettigrew) is the second wife of Dr. John Watson, the friend and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes. She gets frustrated at her husband's willingness to drop everything when Holmes calls him to assist on a case, but becomes more accepting after meeting Holmes in the first story. Amelia comments in a letter to a friend "Once again, it was 'Holmes, Holmes, Holmes, Holmes, Holmes.' But at least I had the satisfaction this time of knowing that when the two are out on one of their 'games,' Mr. Holmes is likewise treated to "Amelia, Amelia, Amelia, Amelia...'"
(possibly my favorite line in the book).
Holmes appears in about half the stories. In the second half of the book Amelia is the main detective.
Amelia is a very amusing and engaging character, and I look forward to reading more about her.
My one quibble with the content is with the portrayal of Irene Adler in the story "The Adventure of the Retiring Detective". It didn't ring true to the original Irene created by Conan Doyle. Someone intelligent enough to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes should have been able to figure out the answer that Amelia deduced.
I also wished for a table of contents in order to refer back to specific stories.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)