A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

eBook - 2014
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The astonishing debut of Sherlock Holmes and his partner in detection, Dr. Watson Shot in the shoulder and brought to death's door by typhoid fever, Dr. John Watson is sent home from the second Afghan war with a small income and nothing to do but recover his health. By his own account, he leads a meaningless existence in London until a chance encounter with an old friend brings news of comfortable lodgings on Baker Street. In a hospital laboratory, Watson meets his potential new roommate for the first time. "How are you?" asks Mr. Sherlock Holmes. "You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." ¡ With that remarkable feat of observation, one of literature's greatest partnerships is born. In their first case, Holmes and Watson set off for an abandoned flat in Lauriston Gardens. An American has been found dead, his body unmarked, a mysterious word-Rache-spelled out in blood on the wall. Scotland Yard thinks the murderer meant to write the name Rachel, but Holmes knows better. When the dead man's private secretary turns up stabbed through the heart, the same word scrawled nearby, it is up to the world's only consulting detective and his eager companion to find a killer whose lust for revenge has spanned two continents and dozens of years. ¡ This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and¡has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Publisher: [United States] : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781480489738
1480489735

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im_not_a_nerd
Jun 24, 2016

I meant to give it a 5/5, however I mis-clicked and accidentally rated it 4.5/5. Now I cannot change it. OPL plz fix.

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modestgoddess
Oct 10, 2015

This is where the Sherlock saga begins....It left me underwhelmed. I much preferred the treatment the BBC "Sherlock" TV series gave this story. As a previous reviewer mentions, the chunk set in Utah is really not that interesting. This being said, if you want a good read of some Sherlock stories, borrow The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes instead. Some well-known cases in there and much more engagingly written.

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Gobookworm
Sep 02, 2015

This is probably the BEST book I have ever read!!! The plot twists and turns and keeps you on the hook, and the characters are delightful and unique! A+++ book!!!!

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Eosos
May 12, 2015

Somehow, when I read all the Sherlock books in my teens I missed this one. Not sure how but I decided that now was a good time to rectify this.

It’s pretty hard not to have an idea of how this story goes with all the TV adaptations out there. I’m not sure if already knowing what happened and why affected my enjoyment but while the story was good it wasn’t great. I didn’t really like the past part of the tale based in Utah but the Sherlock and Watson half was excellent.

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librarianatlarge
Sep 11, 2013

I had never read a Sherlock Holmes story before. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting stuffy Victorian writing, but this is very modern and easy to read. I enjoyed it very much and will be reading the rest of the books.

voisjoe1 May 19, 2013

I’ve been reading a book entitled “Mastermind,” which is a non-fiction book that tries to help one observe the world better through improved deductive thinking patterns used by Sherlock Holmes. Since “Mastermind’ uses multiple examples from Sherlock Holmes own words on deductive thinking, I thought I would broaden my understanding of “Mastermind” by reading a few Holmes novellas. The first work ever written with Holmes and Watson is a novella (121 pages) entitled “A Study in Scarlet.” Much of the novella is supposedly from a diary compiled by Holmes’ associate, the famous Doctor Watson. Part II is partially written by Arthur Conan Doyle, with a few chapters from the diary of Watson. Good examples of the deductive method of thinking are given in this first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle, by the way, tried to stop writing about Holmes by charging too much for his efforts and then by possibly getting Holmes killed in one of the stories, but people kept demanding more so Doyle relented and now fiction fans have a huge archive of Holmes to enjoy.

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