2019 | Adult Fiction | Classic (adult) | Mystery (adult)

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

7. March 2019



When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes’s brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love…



It’s been a long time coming for me to finally read Sherlock Holmes. I have adored Sherlock from afar through movies and TV series, and I found that it was finally time to pick up one of the books and start reading them. When I found these editions (pictured above) they were on sale, so I got them extra cheap, and I bought this one, which is supposedly the first book, and two more.

A Study in Scarlet actually surprised me a bit, because it’s so much like the TV show adaption, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they’d managed to take this old story and adapt it into the tv show and make it a modern story. What really made it a good book for me, was actually the backstory of the murderer, which peaked my interest, because the other parts of the story is all about Sherlock’s deductions and strange behavior.

But I really liked it, but I kind of missed like a more mystery to it. I don’t know if it was the fact that I kind of “knew” what was going to happen, or if it was just the fact that there was very little revealed about the case, and it was more about showcasing Sherlock as this fantastical investigator. But, I’m hoping to read the other stories as well, this gave me just a small taste of what these books can bring!


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