A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

by A.Conan Doyle

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IN the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon. The regiment was stationed in India at the time, and before I could join it, the second Afghan war had broken out. On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through the passes, and was already deep in the enemy's country. I followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as myself, and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where I found my regiment, and at once entered upon my new duties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783730996867
Publisher: BookRix
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 597 KB

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A Study In Scarlet (Ad Classic) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 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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Name: duh. Gender:girl. Father is: trident. God of the sea. Description: she has blue eyes that reflect the sea. She has red orange hiar. She is skinny and very very pale.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four, two short novels, are the beginning of the Holmes canon. They are racist, sexist, anti-Mormon, and inconsistent, yet enduringly funny, engaging, and entertaining.
michaeldwebb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's barely worth reviewing classics like this, so I'll just say that Sherlock Holmes could have been written yesterday - it still fresh, engaging and genuinely fun to read.
ToxicMasquerade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. But, I was pleasantly surprised as I was reading it. I was actually laughing at some of the things Sherlock said. It was entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone who really likes detective stories.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. How Watson met Holmes, and the intriguing case make this a great read for anyone who likes mysteries or English lit.
Socially_Awkward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this a few months ago and just can't believe I never read any of them before. It was a great fannish read! And I can only imagine the crazy fanfiction.
FolkeB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The quirky character of famous detective Sherlock Holmes is introduced with rapid language and ensuing hilarity in A Study in Scarlet, the first of the Holmes novels. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle engages readers in a story filled with twists, turns, and trails with dead ends. Told initially from the reminiscences of Doctor Watson, A Study in Scarlet follows the team through their first case together, a seemingly unsolvable murder. The oblivious Scotland Yard cannot find a single clue as to a potential suspect or the method of murder when Sherlock Holmes is called to assist. Witty banter allows readers to become acquainted with Holmes, and nonstop action (he seems incapable of sitting still or even sleeping) keeps the plot flowing with ease. Readers remain hooked as Conan Doyle presents new characters with perplexing additions to the case, another murder and a disguise that deceives even Holmes. Natural dialogue and picturesque descriptions bring the reader right to the streets of London, always one erratic step behind Sherlock.After Holmes abruptly and unexpectedly apprehends a suspect in the murders of Americans E.J. Drebber and Joseph Stangerson, readers are taken back many years before the crimes were ever committed and given a look into their past. Conan Doyle¿s narrative here is slow and struggles without the character of Holmes to push the story along, but readers will press forward, searching for answers that seem nonexistent in this baffling mystery. Bookworms will be left searching for the next Holmes novel, eager for more stories of the witty and relentless detective.Paige
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan--of the actual fiction by Conan Doyle--ever since the short story "The Speckled Band" was assigned to me in high school. I own an edition of the complete tales and novels. A Study in Scarlet is the first work with Holmes and tells when Watson, his roommate, companion in adventure and our chronicler, first met him. No other fictional character--not Nero Wolfe nor Hercule Poirot better embodies the "Great Detective" and watching Holmes, his deductions and their reasons is like watching a virtuoso on their chosen instrument. Mind you, Holmes--and Doyle--are very much of their time and place--Victorian England. Think Kipling. Jingoistic and definitely not politically correct--so be prepared to make allowances. In this particular novel, Doyle is not kind to Mormons (LDS)--they were a controversial group in their time and very much the villains in this story. I have to admit in a way I found that amusing, because by the time I first read this, my view of Mormons was formed by Donny Osmond and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so having them as villains was surprising and piquant. This is a short novel, so all in all I think a solid introduction to the most famous of fictional detectives.
SMGS-VZhang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes is an iconic character, and his first book is (I think) his best. A Study in Scarlet introduces Mr Holmes and showcases his analytical genius as he navigates through the first of many cases the detective solves. A classic.
riestmc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Sherlock Holmes canon but this one most recently. I enjoyed reading about how Holmes and Watson meet.This story has a similar structure to 'The Valley of Fear' in that a large portion deals with the history leading up to the crime. I did not enjoyed this part of the book as much though. Doyle's deductive strains are the most interesting aspects of his writing, so the parts that do not include Homes seem bland in comparison.stillI really enjoyed this one. It is the first of the series and yet Doyle already masters the Sherlock Holmes character.
snat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply okay. I really enjoyed the first part in which Holmes solves the murder, but had to literally drag myself through the second part which goes all the way back to America and the Mormons to explain the murderer's motive. And that second part? Yeah, it takes forrrr-ehhhh-ver. Parts of it read like a textbook analysis of the Mormon faith. You can tell Doyle did his homework (and I kinda wish he hadn't done so quite so thoroughly--there's even a freaking footnote). The second half felt disjointed from the first half. I still enjoy the fact that Holmes is such an arrogant and pompous jerk, but if he serves as the basis for television's House (which I read somewhere was true), then I must say that Gregory House does it better. It was tolerable; don't regret reading it, but won't be reading it again.
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
audio-ed; skipped mormon part... full review after work