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A Study in Scarlet -- first of the four Sherlock Holmes novels (original 1887; edition 2008)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Series: Sherlock Holmes (1)

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A tired and battle scarred surgeon returns to London after being wounded in the third Afghan war. After his money starts to run low, a chance encounter leads him to take a flat with an eccentric man at 221B Baker Street. Thus begins the famous crime-solving partnership of the Holmes and Watson duo.
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Title:A Study in Scarlet -- first of the four Sherlock Holmes novels
Authors:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)

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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. ( )
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Well, I have to admit, I only started reading the Sherlock novels after having watched the BBC interpretation of Sherlock. While I still think of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman while reading about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, the TV series and Doyle's novels cannot be compared in the slightest aspects. Doyle's talents can be found in the mysteries he manages to come up with rather than his characterizations, creating a lot of free space for Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to come up with more sophisticated and interesting characters. This doesn't mean, however, that the Sherlock Holmes novels aren't interesting to read.

"A Study in Scarlet", the first installment in A. Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" series, introduces its main protagonists Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, weaving an interesting mystery around a complex case while also including both suspense and humor. The second part surrounding the story about the Mormons, which was supposed to give a lot of background information on the murder mystery, felt long-winded due to its lacking ability to make me as the reader sympathize with its main characters, especially as Sherlock and John were missing for nearly the entire second part. It certainly wasn't bad, but may feel a little weaker than the scenes surrounding Sherlock and John in their investigations. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
(Audiobook) Wasn't overly impressed with this, but perhaps that's due to it being among the first of its genre. It had two key features I enjoyed, whoever: 1) Watson's first meeting with Holmes and 2) the surprisingly long whodunnit explanation in Part 2. I often struggle with mystery books given their penchant to focus on a large cast of names, objects, places, and other nouns which I find hard to keep track of and continually visualize in my head. I encounter this issue with some more detail-obsessed fantasy stories, too. So, I became lost throughout a lot of the first half even though it was still mildly enjoyable (in great part due to Stephen Fry's narration). The most consistently amusing part of that half is Watson's developing relationship with Holmes, in which we get to discover the detective's eccentricities along with his new sidekick. I often enjoy buddy (cop) comedies, so that stuff provided a more easy connection than the actual investigation. The book then switches out of Watson's POV for most of the second half, providing an extended backstory for the killer and his motivation. While long and not always riveting, it was a novel approach to the often tedious form of exposition dumps you find in mysteries. By the end of it I had even sympathized with the killer enough to hope to see them victorious. It became the emotional throughline of the book how the Holmes-Watson dynamic used to be, but I wouldn't say either of those elements were particularly deep or resolved. A short, mildly entertaining read. ( )
  bobbybslax | Aug 17, 2022 |
Read most of it and plan to finish later ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
A good introduction to a famous character. It is interesting to think about a time when criminal forensics needed a fictional character like Sherlock. Finger prints, DNA, and even the ability to test if a spot is blood or not is absent here. Having read Doyle and other Sherlock novels before, there is an abrupt change in style halfway through the book. Doyle has his murder confess and then we find out what Sherlock knew. It's hard to critique an author and character that has stood the test of time, but this was jarring to read and somewhat lazy. The unfolding of the motive changes the narration style and lends to less suspense than if it was narrated at the end of the case. Overall, a fun read to a great character. Final Grade - B ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary 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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A tired and battle scarred surgeon returns to London after being wounded in the third Afghan war. After his money starts to run low, a chance encounter leads him to take a flat with an eccentric man at 221B Baker Street. Thus begins the famous crime-solving partnership of the Holmes and Watson duo.

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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