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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Jan. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456512609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456512606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g

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Introducing Sherlock Holmes... and a Kindle Review Nov. 30 2011
By Albert J. Valentino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A Study in Scarlet is the first story introducing Sherlock Holmes to the world and how Watson and the great detective first meet and become roommates. It is also the first book I read on my first/new Kindle.

Kindle Edition: This version cost me 99 cents and was money very well spent. It is nicely formatted with the 'Go To' letting you go to the Table of Contents - not all older Kindle books do that. The TOC does have workable links to go to each chapter but you cannot use the left - right ends of the 5 way controller to flip to each chapter - not a big deal. Other than the cover photo of Holmes by Sidney Paget this version does not include any illustrations.

The Story: A Study in Scarlet is the first story in the Holmes Canon, and includes how Watson and Holmes meet.... 'This is a novel, not a short story'. The second story in the canon is also a novel, A The Sign of the Four. This was then followed by the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which is a book of short stories beginning with, A Scandal in Bohemia. Later on Doyle penned two other novels including the well known, Hound of the Baskervilles - actually written after he killed off Holmes in the story, The Final Problem (last story in 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' but the pubic demanded his return so many more stories were written - Holmes comes back in The Adventure of the Empty House, the first story in book "The Return of Sherlock Holmes". I do suggest that one begin their reading with A Study in Scarlet followed by The Sign of Four as this novel gets into how Holmes mind needs stimulation and when not on a case he lapses into injecting his 7% solution (there is a movie of this title). His 7% solution is the ratio of cocaine in his syringe where he shoots up to pass the time.

This original/first story/novel has two parts with Part 1, narrated by Watson, on how Holmes uses his powers of observation and deduction to solve a double murder. Part II may start off a bit confusing to the reader since it is not narrated by Watson. It takes the reader back to another place, in an earlier time leaving the reader to first scratch his head wondering if this is a different book. What part 2 is is a detailed backstory for the motivation of the murders in part 1. Well written but it does take up over a third of the book before returning to present time.

A Study in Scarlet was never made into a movie or TV show because of the way it portrays the early Mormons - which is the way they were believed to be at the time of the writings. Study in Pink, in the new, 2011 BBC Masterpiece TV series, Sherlock, is a modern story loosely based on this book but leaves out this part. There is a movie from the 30's with this title but it is not the same story.

Bottom line, this is the first book introducing the eccentric Holmes and it's a real page turner. This Kindle edition is well formatted for Kindle but does not include illustrations. There is a reason why 120 years later this is a still widely read. It is a must read for any fan of the most famous detective that never lived. After reading this pick up Sign of Four, then short stories in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Actually understandable! Sept. 14 2013
By Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was not sure if I would be able to read the Sherlock Holmes books because books like this one, which are considered "classics" sometimes have such flowery and dated language that you almost need an interpertor with you to decipher it. I was very glad that I did not find this to be the case with Sherlock Holmes. The story line was engaging and the plot understandable and the characters like able enough. Plus I feel more cultured having read it. Altogether, it was a great experience, which I plan to repeat with all of Sherlock's other stories.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Riveting June 5 2012
By Lois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the beginning back story of Dr. Watson. How him and Sherlock Holmes first got together as roommates and began the fast track to friendship. I really thought the process of Holmes figuring out mysteries was fascinating. I found myself trying to pick upon the clues and figure them out before he did. I thought the second part of the book about the murder's story was quite sad. But I am looking forward to starting the other Holmes's books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic Sept. 29 2013
By tomgreig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great writer. His use of the English language is outstanding. Doyle makes you feel like you are part of the story.
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The beginnings of a legend Sept. 16 2013
By J.Q.L. 4150 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
is how I regard this, the first, true, Sherlock Holmes story. Conan Doyle has other stories attributed to him which experts believe were early, rather 'proto-sketches' of Holmes, or some aspects of the character who would become Sherlock Holmes, but this is the 1st original, and a better blueprint for how to introduce such a character is all right here. I've always regarded it as having a very different tone than all of the other stories (long & short) in the Holmesian canon, perhaps due to its originality in said canon. But it is like a newborn colt, rising to its feet and taking its first tremulous steps (initial meeting b/w Sleuth & doctor), before quickly finding its legs and charging with great energy round the paddock and o'er fields-- Who doesn't like Holmes and Watson!