A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

Book - 2001
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The very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet was also the first of Conan Doyle's books to be published. His two creations, Holmes, the master of the science of detection and Watson, the great detective's faithful companion, are immediately in fine form. The mystery itself, itssolution plucked unerringly by Holmes from the heart of Victorian London, proves to be the inevitable consequence of a tragedy of the American West. The story is harrowing in its alternating hope and despair, although Holmes himself was later to complain that the book `produces much the same effectas if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid'.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2001
ISBN: 9780199554775
9780141034331
9780140439083
0140439080
Characteristics: xxix, 143 p. --

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im_not_a_nerd
Jun 24, 2016

I meant to give it a 5/5, however I mis-clicked and accidentally rated it 4.5/5. Now I cannot change it. OPL plz fix.

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modestgoddess
Oct 10, 2015

This is where the Sherlock saga begins....It left me underwhelmed. I much preferred the treatment the BBC "Sherlock" TV series gave this story. As a previous reviewer mentions, the chunk set in Utah is really not that interesting. This being said, if you want a good read of some Sherlock stories, borrow The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes instead. Some well-known cases in there and much more engagingly written.

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Gobookworm
Sep 02, 2015

This is probably the BEST book I have ever read!!! The plot twists and turns and keeps you on the hook, and the characters are delightful and unique! A+++ book!!!!

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Eosos
May 12, 2015

Somehow, when I read all the Sherlock books in my teens I missed this one. Not sure how but I decided that now was a good time to rectify this.

It’s pretty hard not to have an idea of how this story goes with all the TV adaptations out there. I’m not sure if already knowing what happened and why affected my enjoyment but while the story was good it wasn’t great. I didn’t really like the past part of the tale based in Utah but the Sherlock and Watson half was excellent.

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librarianatlarge
Sep 11, 2013

I had never read a Sherlock Holmes story before. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting stuffy Victorian writing, but this is very modern and easy to read. I enjoyed it very much and will be reading the rest of the books.

voisjoe1 May 19, 2013

I’ve been reading a book entitled “Mastermind,” which is a non-fiction book that tries to help one observe the world better through improved deductive thinking patterns used by Sherlock Holmes. Since “Mastermind’ uses multiple examples from Sherlock Holmes own words on deductive thinking, I thought I would broaden my understanding of “Mastermind” by reading a few Holmes novellas. The first work ever written with Holmes and Watson is a novella (121 pages) entitled “A Study in Scarlet.” Much of the novella is supposedly from a diary compiled by Holmes’ associate, the famous Doctor Watson. Part II is partially written by Arthur Conan Doyle, with a few chapters from the diary of Watson. Good examples of the deductive method of thinking are given in this first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle, by the way, tried to stop writing about Holmes by charging too much for his efforts and then by possibly getting Holmes killed in one of the stories, but people kept demanding more so Doyle relented and now fiction fans have a huge archive of Holmes to enjoy.

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