A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

eBook - 2014
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A Study in Scarlet is the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes, and the first work of fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as a detective tool. The story opens with Holmes and Watson meeting each other for the first time, and their decision to become flat-mates at 221B Baker Street. Soon they are involved in a murder-mystery involving kidnapping, enslavement and revenge that will test the limits of Holmes' skills and establish a life-long relationship with Watson. Sherlock Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and is renowned for his skilful use of deductive reasoning, astute observation, and forensic skills to solve difficult cases. Deductive reasoning allows Holmes to impressively reveal a stranger's occupation. Similarly, by studying inanimate objects, he is able to make astonishingly detailed deductions about their owners. This mindset was a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, inspiring authors like Robert J. Sawyer, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.
Publisher: [United States] : AD Classic : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781926606644
1926606647

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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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