|Title: A Study in Scarlet|
Series: Sherlock Holmes #1
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
First Published: 1887 in Beeton's Christmas Annual (As a book in 1888)
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Synopsis: 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.
As you probably know, here on My Thoughts Literally I do theme months where I pick a specific genre and topic and read a handful of books that fit that theme. This month's theme is Mystery/Thrillers. I've wanted to read more classics and I felt like this was the perfect month to read a classic mystery. And what could be more classic than the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes? Answer, nothing!
And maybe that connection was why I liked the second part, The Country of the Saints better. The first part was the set up and the second part was the payoff. At first I didn't see the connection between the two parts but I was still enjoying the second half more. The second part takes us to the American West as we follow a man and his daughter who are traveling through the desert and just when they think all hope is lost, meet a group of Mormons. His daughter is sought after to marry one of the Mormons but she is engaged to marry a man who hasn't converted like he was supposed to and hijinxs or should I say havoc ensues. This part of the book had much more suspense and it was the one that I was entertained by more.
Or maybe this just wasn't enough Holmes for me to connect with. I'm not usually a fan of novellas and short stories for that particular reason. I like being able to spend 3-400 pages with a character and see them develop for me to truly become invested in them. Or maybe it's because this was my first Sherlock experience (well unless you count that episode of Wishbone I saw as a kid). Maybe those who are already a fan of the detective will enjoy the book because they are connected. But on the whole, the book was a good and interesting mystery and I liked being along for the ride with Holmes and Watson in their first mystery.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. Fans of Mysteries should check out this classic. I mean it is the most famous detective in literature after all. But I would definitely suggest this book to fans of the Sherlock TV show. I can't say how similar the two are but getting to know the origins of the detective and his partner I'm sure would be fun.
Have you read A Study in Scarlet? What were your thoughts? Are you a fan of the Sherlock TV show? I'm sorry I haven't watched the show yet, I will, I promise! Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!