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A Study in Scarlet (Ad Classic) [Paperback]

Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle , Geo Hutchinson , James Greig

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Book Description

March 15 2011
A Study in Scarlet is the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes, and the first work of fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as a detective tool. The story opens with Holmes and Watson meeting each other for the first time, and their decision to become flat-mates at 221B Baker Street. Soon they are involved in a murder-mystery involving kidnapping, enslavement and revenge that will test the limits of Holmes' skills and establish a life-long relationship with Watson. Sherlock Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and is renowned for his skilful use of deductive reasoning, astute observation, and forensic skills to solve difficult cases. Deductive reasoning allows Holmes to impressively reveal a stranger's occupation. Similarly, by studying inanimate objects, he is able to make astonishingly detailed deductions about their owners. This mindset was a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, inspiring authors like Robert J. Sawyer, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ad Classic (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926606507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926606507
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of the Sherlock Holmes books May 23 2011
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Plot

A Study in Scarlet is the first of the Sherlock Holmes series. It begins with the origins of Dr. Watson and how he comes to be the roommate of Sherlock Holmes. As it turns out Dr. Watson had a much more full history than one would have assumed.

Dr. Watson is intrigued by Sherlock Holmes and his eccentric studies. He is a mysterious man, not given to talking about himself. Dr. Watson finds himself drawn into the mystery that is Sherlock Holmes and decides to figure out just what it is he does for a living. He doesn't have to wait long before Sherlock surprises him by telling Dr. Watson himself.

The knowledge comes with a new mystery as London's detectives are stumped by an enigmatic murder and are calling upon Sherlock's assistance. Dr. Watson finds himself pulled into the case and like the police, is baffled by the oddity of the murder. Sherlock Holmes however, is unfazed and Dr. Watson soon finds that his roommate is a man with a unique gift for observation and analysis as he watches him unravel the mystery.

The Analysis

The reputation that precedes this book was not unfounded. There is a reason why Sherlock Holmes has remained a beloved character over the years and the reason is as follows. There is nothing that compares to a truly well written mystery. The books are compelling and intriguing. The reader is carried along with the mystery and simply can't put it down until reaching its conclusion. The character of Sherlock Holmes is a favorite due to his ability to triumph over his adversaries with nothing but his intelligence and careful planning. It's an undeniably delightful read.

The Verdict

It's important to read the classics, but it's even more important to read the good ones. There are many that don't stand up well against the test of time. They're boring, they're painfully long and seem to refuse to get to the point, or they simply don't compare to some of today's better writers. A Study in Scarlet holds up surprisingly well. The mystery and it's conclusion are still surprising and enjoyable. Sherlock Holmes is not a character that should be lost to history, he needs to be enjoyed for generations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of the Sherlock Holmes books April 18 2011
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Plot

A Study in Scarlet is the first of the Sherlock Holmes series. It begins with the origins of Dr. Watson and how he comes to be the roommate of Sherlock Holmes. As it turns out Dr. Watson had a much more full history than one would have assumed.

Dr. Watson is intrigued by Sherlock Holmes and his eccentric studies. He is a mysterious man, not given to talking about himself. Dr. Watson finds himself drawn into the mystery that is Sherlock Holmes and decides to figure out just what it is he does for a living. He doesn't have to wait long before Sherlock surprises him by telling Dr. Watson himself.

The knowledge comes with a new mystery as London's detectives are stumped by an enigmatic murder and are calling upon Sherlock's assistance. Dr. Watson finds himself pulled into the case and like the police, is baffled by the oddity of the murder. Sherlock Holmes however, is unfazed and Dr. Watson soon finds that his roommate is a man with a unique gift for observation and analysis as he watches him unravel the mystery.

The Analysis

The reputation that precedes this book was not unfounded. There is a reason why Sherlock Holmes has remained a beloved character over the years and the reason is as follows. There is nothing that compares to a truly well written mystery. The books are compelling and intriguing. The reader is carried along with the mystery and simply can't put it down until reaching its conclusion. The character of Sherlock Holmes is a favorite due to his ability to triumph over his adversaries with nothing but his intelligence and careful planning. It's an undeniably delightful read.

The Verdict

It's important to read the classics, but it's even more important to read the good ones. There are many that don't stand up well against the test of time. They're boring, they're painfully long and seem to refuse to get to the point, or they simply don't compare to some of today's better writers. A Study in Scarlet holds up surprisingly well. The mystery and it's conclusion are still surprising and enjoyable. Sherlock Holmes is not a character that should be lost to history, he needs to be enjoyed for generations.
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, ground-braking if historically a little inaccurate March 13 2014
By Maurice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the first in a thoroughly brilliant and ground-breaking literary series, this Sherlock Holmes is a great read. As a murder mystery the format is unusual, with an unusually timed resolution by Sherlock, followed by a long flash-back making up about a third of the novel. Also the depiction of Mormonism is questionable.

But I loved reading it, and A.C. Doyle is just an amazingly entertaining read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hang on a second! Jan. 28 2014
By Penumbra Gloaming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was quite fun to see the parallels to the TV show, but the author got lots of things wrong like Sherlock actually smoking, too many horses, and leaving out the cellphones.

Just kidding, I do know the difference! This was not a bad read even if it went off on a wild rabbit trail halfway through so as to explain the murder. The second half of the book doesn't have Sherlock and John in it at all, but rather a Wild West tale of Mormons and revenge. It does come back around in the end but it took a long time to get there.

The murderer was meaner on TV, that's for sure. But if you love BBC's Sherlock it is worth looking at this to see where it came from and just how much has been added!
4.0 out of 5 stars "Why shouldn't we use a little art jargon" Nov. 13 2012
By Larry Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This edition of the first Sherlock Holmes story contains two full page illustrations: a George Hutchinson drawing of the capture of the criminal by Lestrade and Holmes, and a James Grieg plate of John and Lucy Ferrier praying in the desert. It so happens that these are also the only two illustrations for "A Study in Scarlet" available in high resolution at Wikimedia Commons. Coincidence? I wonder.

Four stars for the classic, epoch-making book, but readers may wish to ponder the ease of book production in an era of widely available public domain materials on the Internet.
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