A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the first novel in the Sherlock Holmes series.
This particular outing tells the story of a murder which at first doesn’t make sense but unravels as the book progresses. The body of a man is found in a deserted house. There is no wound marks but blood is scattered on the walls. We also get to see the first meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson which is of course a huge moment in book history. It was interesting reading that and a bit surreal because I am so used to them knowing each other.
I liked the story. It lives up to the hype. It is very interesting and keeps you engrossed throughout. Not an easy murder to crack. The descriptions paint the scenes very well and there isn’t any loopholes. I found the backstory well explained. I think that part might not be to everyone’s taste but I liked that it was well explained. It showed to me that Conan Doyle thought the plot out very well. I like the different tones displayed in the various sections. They shouldn’t go together but they kind of do. We get the fast-paced edge-of-you-seat stuff in round one and then the story-telling character portrait section in round two.
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