A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: A Study in Scarletastudyinscarlet

Author: Author Conan Doyle

Genre: Crime, detective story, mystery, historical fiction

Thoughts: I thought I might try to read some crime and detective stories on the holidays, and so got out the originals, the fathers of detective: Sherlock Homes. Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story, The Study in Scarlet, is the first story of the famous detective, and where he first meets his accomplice, Dr John Watson. After watching the modern TV series remake, I was pleased to see that a number of the facts were kept the same, but it was still fun to figure out the crime, as there were differences.

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleA Study in Scarlet

 It was a hard read, you have to concentrate to get all the details, so it took a little while to fully understand what was going on. It was easier as I had some idea of what was going to happen, but it is definitely something you have to concentrate on. The amount of detail in the plot line and the amount of research behind it was astounding. It seems almost normal while you’re reading about the crime solving, that Sherlock Holmes can hold all this information in his head. It’s easy to forget that someone had to research all this information about footprint tracking, and the different types of tobacco, and then apply it to his plot line in a book. 

“To a great mind, nothing is little,’ remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleA Study in Scarlet

Obviously the story is well planned and set out. I also like the characters, and the way Sherlock interacts with John at the beginning and at the end, and then how both of them interact with the two police officers. Both Sherlock and John have very sarcastic attitudes about certain things, and these little comments were what brought the book up that little bit extra. 

“It’s quite exciting,” said Sherlock Holmes, with a yawn.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleA Study in Scarlet

I quite enjoyed the journey of the crime solving during this story, and my favourite part would have to be when Sherlock explains how he reached his conclusion. He makes it sound easy, but in reality, to notice all those little details is near impossible. The writing style does make it a little harder to enjoy, as you have to concentrate hard, but it was an enjoyable storyline.

“It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.
― Arthur Conan DoyleA Study in Scarlet

Why should you read it: For anyone who likes detective stories, and who hasn’t already read the Sherlock Holmes stories, get onto it quickly. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has most definitely done his research, particularly for his first story.

Book in a word: Puzzling

Rating: 8/10



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