A Study in Scarlet

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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

PB | pp. 140 | 2024 | CinnamonTeal Classics

A Study in Scarlet is a solid introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes, showcasing the detective’s remarkable abilities while laying the groundwork for the many adventures to come.

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A Study in Scarlet, the first novel featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes, is a captivating mystery that showcases the brilliant deductive reasoning of its protagonist while introducing the reader to the unique partnership between Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.

The story begins with Watson, a recently returned war veteran, meeting the eccentric Holmes and becoming his roommate at 221B Baker Street. Watson is quickly drawn into Holmes’ world as the detective investigates a mysterious murder, with the word “RACHE” written in blood at the crime scene. The first half of the novel follows the pair as they work to unravel the clues and bring the killer to justice, providing readers with a fascinating glimpse into Holmes’ extraordinary powers of observation and deduction.

Doyle’s writing is engaging and easy to read, with natural dialogue and well-developed characters. Holmes himself is a delightfully complex figure, blending his genius-level intellect with a quirky personality and a flair for the dramatic. Watson serves as an excellent foil, both in terms of his role as the chronicler of Holmes’ adventures and as a character who grounds the story with his more conventional perspective.

However, the novel takes an unexpected turn in the second half, as the narrative shifts to a lengthy flashback set in the American West. While this section provides important backstory and context for the murder, it feels somewhat disjointed from the main mystery and can be a bit of a slog for readers eager to return to the action in London.

Despite this structural flaw, A Study in Scarlet remains a highly enjoyable read, particularly for fans of classic mysteries and those who appreciate Doyle’s unique take on the genre. The author’s portrayal of Mormons as a sinister, secretive cult is problematic and reflective of the prejudices of his time, but it’s important to read the novel in its historical context.

A Study in Scarlet is a solid introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes, showcasing the detective’s remarkable abilities while laying the groundwork for the many adventures to come. While not without its flaws, the novel is a testament to Doyle’s storytelling prowess and the enduring appeal of his most famous creation.

Sources:
1] https://robinleeann.com/2018/07/06/book-review-sherlock-holmes-a-study-in-scarlet-spoiler-free/
2] https://booksatruestory.com/2014/02/03/book-review-study-scarlet-sir-arthur-conan-doyle/
3] https://kristidrillien.com/2022/05/13/book-review-a-study-in-scarlet/
4] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/102868.A_Study_in_Scarlet
5] https://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/reviews/books/1-5039-5525-7.html

Author:

John Steinbeck

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

80

Year of Publication:

2024

Publisher:

CinnamonTeal Classics

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson.

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