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A Study in Scarlet [Paperback]

A. Conan Doyle , Tom Thomas

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Book Description

Jan. 17 2011
Arthur Conan Doyle has left an imprint on English and American readers that has made his character, Sherlock Holmes, a synonym with masterful deduction as the smartest detective in the world!

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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Jan. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456512609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456512606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was an English novelist known chiefly for his series of tales featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote the historic novel, The White Company, and the imaginative fantasy The Lost World. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Sherlock Holmes... and a Kindle Review Nov. 30 2011
By Albert J. Valentino - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting June 5 2012
By Lois - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sept. 29 2013
By tomgreig - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of a legend Sept. 16 2013
By Michael Forrest - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-downable..Legendary introduction to Sherlock Holmes.. Sept. 15 2013
By Njkinny - Published on Amazon.com
A Study in Scarlet is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in which he introduces the English detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It was first published in 1887 and strange as it may seem now didn't receive much notice from the public.

The novel is one of only four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the great English detective and marks the beginning of the famous "Sherlock Holmes era".

This novel is divided into two parts with the first part dealing prominently with the legendary meeting of Sherlock and Dr. Watson, and the introduction of the other characters as well as the murder mystery.
The story begins in 1881, where Dr. Watson runs into an old friend, Stamford. Due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Anglo-Afghan War, he was forced to retire and is now looking for a place to live in London. Stamford mentions that an acquaintance of his, one Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent in "some nice rooms", but cautions about Holmes' eccentricities. Watson agrees to meet Holmes and so the platform is set for the legendary meeting between Watson and Sherlock Holmes, thus marking the beginning of one of the most illustrious partnerships of all time.

I was intrigued by Sherlock Holmes as was Watson in the book and I feel here Conan Doyle succeeded in generating interest of the reader in solving the mystery of Sherlock Holmes who is portrayed as an enigma by Watson in his narrations. Just like Watson, I felt the need to prepare a list of all things I knew about Holmes and thus coming close to knowing him.

Just as I was busy in deciding what it was that Sherlock Holmes did, I was suddenly given an insight into his occupation when he tells Watson that he is a consulting detective and asks him to join in a new mystery that has come his way. The mystery is that of a dead body found in an abandoned rural manor. The police have no leads and the murder is utterly baffling with only a word "Rache" found written on the wall in blood and a ring found near the body. Blood has been found in the room but there is no mark on the body. They also learn from documents found on his person that he was in London with a friend, Joseph Stangerson. I felt the murder mystery very intriguing which left me speculating till the end.

The second part takes us back in time to the year 1847 in Utah where we get to know the murderer as a brave and passionate man who is passionately in love with the beautiful Lucy. They are engaged to be married but events lead to Lucy's death and he is left an angry and vengeful man who vows revenge on all responsible.

The novel duly fulfills its part as a platform to introduce the main characters like Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Lestrade for the future Sherlock Holmes stories/novels.

Doyle's writing is crisp and is easy to read given that it is now more than a century old book.
There is wit and humor as well as compassion in his writing. The dialogues are memorable and remain in our memory long after we have finished reading the book. The second part of the book specially appeals to the sympathetic side of the reader where I ended up feeling sad and betrayed by the unhappy ending to the story of the murderer. Doyle is successful in bringing out the analytic abilities of Sherlock Holmes and also in confirming the fact that though he is a genius in his line of detective work, he is totally ignorant in other aspects of life. In the words of Dr. Watson,

"His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know nothing."

The plot is very challenging and left me speculating till the end but still at certain parts I felt a little confused regarding the flow of things like I had missed something and had to reread certain parts again but then it might be the aim of Doyle to keep the reader a bit confused as I was reading the reminiscences of Dr. Watson and he was supposed to be left in the dark until Holmes explained all to him. However, at the end all is made clear and his reasoning in solving the mystery, explained by Holmes to Dr. Watson.

I rate A Study in Scarlet 4 out of 5 simply because I feel that the story could have been portrayed more interestingly but nonetheless the book is thoroughly enjoyable, a must read and also worth any number of re reads.

This review is also available at njkinny.blogspot.in

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