Book Review: A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

There are few books I love to re-read when I feel l’m in a reader’s block, and new books don’t seem interesting. One of the series that falls into this category is the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first book I ever read, and since then, have read most of, if not all of Sherlock Holmes stories.

A Study in Scarlet is the first full length novel that features Sherlock Holmes. We see Dr. Watson has just returned from the war, and looking for a place to rent, and to share that rent with. An acquaintance of his introduces him to Sherlock at the lab, and thus begins one of the more known friendships in literature. The novel shows the first example of deduction, and how Sherlock is the world’s only consulting detective. His skills are called for by Gregson, who Sherlock feels is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders. There has been a murder, and Holmes takes Watson along to the scene of the crime. Whereas the duo from Scotland Yard hasn’t had much luck with the clues, Holmes immediately gives them a description of the killer’s physical attributes just by observation and deduction. The story proceeds into Holmes’ own investigation, and at the end, he nabs the criminal with a well set trap.

I wouldn’t say that A Study in Scarlet is my favorite full-length novel that features Holmes, but it still is a very well written crime fiction. I love the first signs of Holmes’ ego and confidence in his methods and the results it produces. He doesn’t crave credit, but his ways are out of the ordinary and very unconventional. Just when I feel the criminal is so, the twist in the tale tells otherwise. The back-story to the victims to show the link between victims and criminal is not as engaging as the rest of the novel, but still puts a lot of things into perspective. It makes one feel for the criminal, and the injustice meted out to him in the past.

This really is brilliant writing, and one novel that is evergreen.


A Score Of 8 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: A Study in Scarlet Series: Sherlock Holmes #1
Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Genre: Crime Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9780241952894 Publisher: Penguin Books

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
30th April 2017)

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