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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
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A Study in Scarlet (1887)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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A single word was scrawled across the wall in blood red letters. Holmes and Watson are deducing again.
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Serves as a great introduction to Holmes and goes the route of creating a human and sympathetic villain. You also can't help but be impressed by the lengths Doyle must have gone to in terms of research. ( )
  Conor.Murphy | May 27, 2020 |
I LOVE this book. Me personally, I really like detective stories. So of coarse I had to go and read Sherlock Holmes. Its the book every one knows even if they haven't read it. They even made two movies and a show about Sherlock Holmes. The only thing I didn't really like about this book is that the murders back story was so long. I didn't wanna hear that much about a guy who just murdered some people. Though it does help you understand why he did it, I think that it was still too long.

It first started with Watson who ended up meeting Sherlock through a connection because the both needed a cheep place to stay. They end up splitting the rent of an apartment big enough for the both of them. Eventually Sherlock gets a request to help find a murderer. When they go to the seen of the crime they find a word written in blood even though it seems that the one who was murdered wasn't stabbed or anything. Shortly after this person was murdered another one bites the dust. The same word was written on a wall in blood, and this time the murderer left the murder weapon. some pills in a box. When they do capture the murderer he tells his hole back story which takes a surprising long time. ( )
  SJousma.ELA4 | May 22, 2020 |
It was great to see the start of the Holmes/Watson partnership, and I also really enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences between the original "Study In Scarlet" and the re-envisioned version used in the TV series "Sherlock". However, the interlude in Salt Lake City part-way through the story was a bit jarring and odd. It took me a bit to figure out that I was still in the same story. Still told in the same style and tone, but it was unclear at first that we were getting backstory instead of a new, unrelated short story. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 19, 2020 |
I've long felt bad about never having read any of the nine books that make up the Sherlock Holmes canon, so finally I've rectified that... and what an odd little work it is.

The first half of the book is what's important, historically, but it's the least interesting. Conan Doyle doesn't write natural dialogue, and a result the discussions between Watson and Holmes come across more like a treatise on how detective work - in the real world and in novels - is evolving and progressing. While this is all very very interesting, particularly to someone like myself who has read a lot of Christie and Poe etc, it feels like an essay that has been structured in story form, rather than the other way around.

On top of this, I concede that I have a bias against this "one really smart quirky man always outdoes everyone" formula. Holmes started it, but it's returned in the last ten years or so to television, and personally I think it just weakens the narrative when every other character functions only as a sounding board for our god of a leading man. Sherlock is cunningly described by Watson as a seemingly paradoxical man who in fact has rational reasons for all of his education and activities, although even the great detective can't seem to fix his (bipolar?) moods. As their friendship is still embryonic at this stage, Watson can give us no insight into Holmes' life, and Holmes offers none, so he remains a cipher. But I'm treating this as a pilot episode, so that's okay. More immediately fascinating are the elements of contemporary life: street beggars working for Holmes, the necessary advantages and disadvantages that came from being a police officer in the era - thrilling stuff.

The second half is a mixed bag also. Conan Doyle is an admirable prose writer, and his description of the events twenty years prior to the murders is captivating and gripping. On the other hand, it is filled with amazingly anti-Mormon sentiment. I'm no religious sympathiser myself, but I couldn't take it seriously when the narrator assured us that all Mormons kill or destroy anyone who attempts to leave their faith.

An odd little novel, and I've already started the second one, since I'm very eager to see if Conan Doyle can somehow retain his marvelous leading character, whilst furthering his skills in the other required areas.

(Two and a half stars) ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 27, 2020 |
It started off really well, and I'm glad I finally got to read how Holmes and Watson met, but the story deteriorated in part 2. This just wasn't one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes stories, but it was still interesting. ( )
  book_lady15 | Apr 3, 2020 |
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Doyle, Arthur Conanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, Owen DudleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glinert, EdEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mesney, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140439080, 0141034335, 0241952891

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