Review: A Study in Scarlet

February 18, 2015 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Review: A Study in ScarletA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Series: Sherlock Holmes #1
Published by Penguin Classics on October 1, 2001
Genres: Classic
Source: Bought

In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.

Embarrassingly, I mainly know Sherlock Holmes through Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch.  I finally decided that enough was enough and decided to read the books myself.  I now have a whole new appreciation for the adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, particularly Sherlock.  Perhaps it is because I grew up watching the Basil Rathbone films, but he is just as I would picture Sherlock to be.  A Study in Scarlet is a short, elementary of deduction and was really a pleasure to read.  My favorite part was the confession and the intricacies that involved the motive and mention of the Moran religion and their polygamy believes which in 1887 wasn’t well-known across the pond.  I consider myself a dunce for not reading of Watson, who is not as bumbling as Nigel Bruce portrayed him and instead stands on his own two feet with only the occasional reminder of elementary.  Overall A Study in Scarlet was a wonderful classic detective novel and could see myself reading more of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.


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