Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Complete Set 1)
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An underrated classic
This is the first in the Sherlock Holmes series and you can understand, after reading this, why Conan Doyle's character became such a archetype for future detectives and why he has become such a well known figure in crime fiction.
He is a mysterious, quirky and very eccentric individual who has very human flaws that make him an engaging protagonist. The workings of his mind are so lateral and even now his deductions are astoundingly clever. It is easy to see why he has spanned the centuries and is still so popular today - I can imagine that he was as refreshingly different then as he is now.
Discovering how Watson and Holmes come to know each other is an interesting element to "A Study in Scarlet" as most people know of the duo but few are aware of how they come together. And Watson plays his role perfectly alongside the reader who marvels at Holmes' detective prowess.
The plot itself is split into two sections, the first dealing with the murders and...
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Description : 'There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it'. Arriving in the wilderness of London and in need of lodgings, Dr John Watson finds himself living at 221b Baker Street with one Sherlock Holmes. When a corpse is discovered in a derelict house Watston, fascinated by his brilliant, eccentric companion, is soon drawn into Holmes' investigations. There's no sign of a struggle, no wounds on the body, yet scrawled in blood across the walls is the word RACHE - revenge. Watson is baffled but for Holmes the game is afoot...