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A Study In Scarlet by [Doyle, Arthur Conan]
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Here it is at last, the definitive edition, in nine volumes, of all the Sherlock Holmes stories. The notes are comprehensive and lengthy. The introductions and notes are full of fresh information, technical (such as the manuscripts that show Doyle consistently under-punctuated) and factual. (Julian Symons, The Sunday Times)

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Emmy award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi reads the first story to feature Holmes and Watson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (11 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HU65DY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
It is 1878 and Doctor John Watson, his health damaged by his experiences with the British Army in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, is looking for lodgings in the great city of London. It seems fortuitous, when a mutual friend introduces him to another who needs someone to share costs on a suite on Baker Street, but this other man is quite an eccentric. Sherlock Holmes has bent his life and education towards turning himself into the premier detective.
Watson can hardly credit Holmes's claims of what a first-class detective can do. But, when a note arrives from a Scotland Yard detective, inviting Holmes to consult on a particularly mysterious murder, Watson soon finds himself carried along by Holmes, watching his new friend's powers unravel a seemingly inscrutable knot. The game is afoot, and Holmes needs to solve a murder, and bring a murderer to justice.
This fascinating book was first published in 1887, and was the very first Sherlock Holmes story. In it we get to see the first meeting of Holmes and Watson, and hear Holmes explain his methods in detail. If you are a fan of murder mysteries, then this is definitely a book that you should not miss.
The center part of this story revolves around the actions of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Author Arthur Conan Doyle had a tendency to "wing" the details of his story, and his treatment of the Mormons shows a certain carelessness in how he presented them. Therefore, if you are a Mormon, you will most likely find this book offensive.
But, that said, this is a wonderfully entertaining story that is sure to please most every mystery fan. And, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then you must read this book! It's great.
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Although it's not the best written of the Holmes stories, "A Study in Scarlet" is most definitely my favorite. I love the description of Holmes' character in this book and the way Arthur Conan Doyle begins the relationship between Holmes and Watson is beyond brilliant. It's positively indescribable. The only thing I don't like about this book is the way in which it is written. The book is divided into two parts. In the first half, Holmes and Watson meet and then investigate a crime. The second half tells the history of the people involved in the crime. Part II is good although Holmes and Watson are not in it, but the format is somewhat confusing on the first read because it appears that Doyle is beginning an entirely new story without finishing the first one. But overall this book is a fine addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon and I would highly recommend it.
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Here we have the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, in this the first of only four novels as the rest of the tales were short stories. Nowadays everyone has heard of Holmes, but this was published with very little interest from the public. One reason for this may be that apart from ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ the other novels have never proved as popular as the short tales. Another reason also is rather ironic as mention is made in this book of Lecoq a fictional French detective who was arguably the most famous detective in the world until Holmes eventually usurped him from his place, and the creator and author of him and other crime tales, Emile Gaboriau, in which the structure of this novel does bear some resemblance to its format.

Watson returns from Afghanistan suffering injuries after the Second Afghanistan War. Looking for somewhere to rent in London a former friend and colleague of his points him in the direction of a certain Sherlock Holmes who is looking for someone to share rooms with, thus creating that famous partnership that we are all aware of. It does take some time for Watson to realise what his flatmate does for a living, but he does soon pick up on his rather vain conceit.

With a mysterious murder committed Watson finds himself with Holmes investigating, whilst both Gregson and Lestrade from the Yard of course mess things up with false conclusions. Not as well written as stories that were to come later this still does make for an enjoyable read as we see Holmes in his element, solving crimes that seem to others to be impossible of solution. Also, for those who are coming to the Sherlock stories for the very first time this does show you how they came to be living and working together. In all then this is still very much an enjoyable read that should give you much pleasure.
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This is the first in the Sherlock Holmes series and you can understand, after reading this, why Conan Doyle's character became such a archetype for future detectives and why he has become such a well known figure in crime fiction.

He is a mysterious, quirky and very eccentric individual who has very human flaws that make him an engaging protagonist. The workings of his mind are so lateral and even now his deductions are astoundingly clever. It is easy to see why he has spanned the centuries and is still so popular today - I can imagine that he was as refreshingly different then as he is now.

Discovering how Watson and Holmes come to know each other is an interesting element to "A Study in Scarlet" as most people know of the duo but few are aware of how they come together. And Watson plays his role perfectly alongside the reader who marvels at Holmes' detective prowess.

The plot itself is split into two sections, the first dealing with the murders and the second concentrates on the motive beyond the gruesome killings. Both parts are equally engaging but completely different, in tone and focus. It shows the power and eloquence of Conan Doyle's writing that he manages to switch effortlessly between the different settings of both sections along with the type of prose required for each.

"A Study in Scarlet" still stands out as an excellent piece of crime fiction and I am sure it will continue to do so for many years to come. Along with other writers such as Agatha Christie, perhaps the Conan Doyle of her generation in her creation of an enduring detective in Poirot and Marple, it is so interesting to read the popular fiction of that era and it's links to similar literature today.
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