A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

Published April 19, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

“A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.

What did I think?:

I’ve read a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories previously, most notably “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” which seems to stick in my memory, probably because I first listened to the audio version at school which was accompanied by a comic strip which you could follow. I’ve also read the new Sherlock Holmes novel “The House of Silk,” by Anthony Horowitz which I loved and highly recommend. “A Study in Scarlet” was the very first Holmes novel, where he meets Dr Watson and solves an enigmatic mystery involving a man who has been murdered with no visible signs of violence except for bloodstains which are not the victims own and a sinister word “RACHE” written in blood on one of the walls of the property.

I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this story, especially as it is a story in two parts, with the second part reading almost like a completely different novel. Actually, I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much – it felt so original and fresh, and I loved how the two parts of the story are knitted together in the end. I ended up with a completely different view of the proceedings than I did at the outset. I just feel that this story has everything you could possibly want in a narrative: suspense, drama, murder, confusion, puzzles, a bit of a love story, shocks, and some random Mormon activity! What’s not to like?

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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10 comments on “A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Love Holmes ……….. got introduced and interested in mystery genre because of holmes ….actually Doyle. And according to me Jeremy Brett is the best Holmes ever…….also love christie and in my opinion while christie is a master story teller , Doyle is the master of mysteries , his charcterisation of holmes as the streotypical genius , eccentric detective , is yet to be surpassed and is being emulated even today.

  • Holmes always brings back childhood memories. I love every single one of them. Just talking about them makes me want to read them again. I’m actually trying to convert my 13 years old vampire fan daughter to Conan Doyle with a teeny tiny success… She actually glanced at The Hound of the Baskerville forwhole 5 seconds.I know something for sure though, once you read a Conan Doyle, you have no rest until youread them all !

    • I just can’t believe I haven’t read these earlier! I remember really enjoying Hound of the Baskervilles when I was younger but I’m looking forward to reading them all as an adult. Good luck with the conversion, let me know how you get on!

  • Oh, you’re so lucky! I’ve read all the Holmes stories, short and long, so many times I can practically recite them off by heart. I’d love to have the chance again to read them all for the very first time. Enjoy!

      • You’ve already read The Hound of the Baskervilles which is my favourite of the long stories, though I love The Sign of Four too. Most of the first two volumes of the short stories are great – The Adventures and The Memoirs. After that, Conan Doyle was fed up writing them and though there’re still lots of goodies, they’re not quite as consistent. My favourite short story is The Dancing Men – I loved trying to solve the code before Holmes (failed!). And Silver Blaze – the one with the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. 🙂

        Oh…and The Adventure of the Speckled Band…

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