Book Review: A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet
Sherlock Holmes
#1
by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 4 / 5
Genre: Classic mystery

I almost feel like I should write two separate reviews for this book, considering how vastly different parts 1 and 2 are from each other. I can’t say that Doyle’s decision to leave England and go back in time several years to show the victim and murderer’s backstory in America up close is one that makes a lot of sense to me, but I didn’t hate it like some seem to. If this had been the first Holmes story I’d read, though, I could see where it might make my hesitate to pick up another. In the end, I think that, though the Utah diversion was interesting in its own right, it felt completely unnecessary to the mystery story.

Now, outside of the trip to Utah, it was great to see the original meeting between two characters who have been duplicated and imitated so many times since. Watson learning what Holmes does and seeing the first glimpses at his methods and madness is fun to read. I liked the introduction of Watson himself too. Overall, I’ve been enjoying my first time reading these stories.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Study in Scarlet

  1. I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and this is a classic novel… however. I do prefer Sherlock Holmes’ short stories to the novels, including the Hound of the Baskervilles. If you enjoyed this one, try the story collection “the adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.

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    • I actually started with “Adventures.” I’ll be interested to see how my own feelings end up regarding Doyle’s short stories vs. longer ones. Though really, the actual Holmes-related mystery in A Study in Scarlet was probably about as long as the short stories.

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