A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

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by Arthur Conan Doyle
     
 

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A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous literary detective characters, with long-lasting interest and appeal. The book's title derives from a speech given by

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A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous literary detective characters, with long-lasting interest and appeal. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his companion Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "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."
Conan Doyle wrote the novel at the age of 27 in less than three weeks. As a general practice doctor in Southsea, England, he had already published short stories in several magazines of the day, such as the periodical London Society. The story was originally titled A Tangled Skein, and was eventually published by Ward Lock & Co. in Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887, after many rejections. The author received £25 in return for the full rights (although Conan Doyle had pressed for a royalty instead). It was illustrated by D. H. Friston. The novel was first published as a book on July 1888 by Ward, Lock & Co., and featured drawings by the author's father, Charles Doyle. A second edition appeared the following year and was illustrated by George Hutchinson; a year later in 1890, J. B. Lippincott & Co. released the first American version. Numerous further editions, translations and dramatisations have appeared since.
The story, and its main character, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887 are known to exist now and they have considerable value. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by The Sign of Four, published in 1890. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.

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ISBN-13:
2940012490629
Publisher:
Morisco
Publication date:
05/05/2011
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NOOK Book
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1 MB

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A Study In Scarlet (Ad Classic) 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vey good! Funny to read after watching BBC's show Sherlock, episode one based off this story.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced mystery thriller that represents the origin story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Luvsoc85 More than 1 year ago
The first of the four Sherlock Holmes novel the character development is wonderful. You really capture the essence of Watson and Holmes. The story starts off very intriguing with a mysterious murder and the chase of the killer. However, there is a LONG intermission during the chase to give the back story of the killer and victims. The back story proves useful once the case is resolved but I found it a little too long and wanted to get back to Baker Street. As one of the classics it is a must read and a good start to the rest of the novels.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Very classy. Better than the tv progs
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
Elementary, Dear Watson If someone could only to read one novel in their lives – this is the novel I would recommend. It introduces Sherlock Holmes (and Watson) to the world and it introduces them very well. There’s lashings of elementary deduction and a surprising amount of poignancy and Providence. (Although I do agree with one reviewer on Goodreads that half way through it becomes something else, before getting back to being a Sherlock Holmes again) If you watched the excellent BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch and haven't yet read A Study in Scarlet – please do so, you’ll see the first ever episode in a new light. Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington’s Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great to read after watching BBC Sherlock! The book is great and written great! The bbc show is also great!
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Very fantastic mind of sir aurthur conan doyle
amin119 More than 1 year ago
Great Book !!!!
manurcu36 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book
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oma-opa More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the suggestion of my son and grandson - both fans of Sherlock Holmes. Now I'm hooked too and plan to read more of Doyle's suspenseful tales of the great detective.
Jenette More than 1 year ago
An interesting book that essentially describes how forensic science got started. Arthur Conan Doyle influenced Victorian England's procedures for examining a crime scene. There is a PBS special about Sherlock Holmes and his forensic techniques that are taken from this book. And, it's all true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love how Sherlock Holmes uses the famous art of deduction. This is the first book of all the others that I have read, and I am definitely going to read all the rest!!!!!!!!!!!! The only reason why I gave the novel a rate of four stars is because the second part was too long and it tired you after some time with the same over and over again!!!!!!! If you did not read the book yet, I recommend you to do it when you have time. Try it and rate it so I know your opinion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does a great job creating, maintain, and detailing his characters. I love the way he jumps straight into the story, mentioning every essential detail. It's humor is wonderful for a book written so long ago, and I love the perspective being from the Doctor's view. Great book.
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Dolana,daughter of trident walks in. May i jion?
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The legally blind, daughter of Nyx entered.
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               A study in scarlet The theme of a Study in Scarlet is considered mystery and also a thriller.  The book was incredibly interesting especially when the mystery was unraveling and you where waiting to see who the murderer was.The most important features in A Study in Scarlet were the small details that you wouldn't notice if it weren't for Sherlock Holmes pointing them out. A Study in Scarlet is extremely thorough and includes all the tiny details that are necessary to solve a mystery including a lot of description of the setting using imagery. The book is a great example of a great mystery that uses amazing characters to portray what the author is trying to deliver to his Audience. Without giving much away a Study in Scarlet is the introduction of these amazing characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and how they meet and unravel the murder together.         
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