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A Study in Scarlet: The First Sherlock Holmes Mystery Paperback – February 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1450596183 ISBN-10: 1450596185 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450596185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450596183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LeeHoFooks on August 16, 2010
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This was the first Sherlock Holmes story I had ever read. I always thought the Sherlock Holmes stories were about a generic genius detective and his kind-of-bumbling sidekick. Was I ever wrong! The characters have so many more dimensions than their pop culture portrayals would lead one to believe.

Yes, Holmes is a genius... when it comes to solving crimes. He's a knowledgeable chemist and forensics specialist, he's a skilled actor and boxer, and his powers in deductive reasoning are superb. He also isn't aware that the Earth revolves around the sun. When he finds out, he simply says that he'll forget it later. (It serves no purpose for detective work.) Did I mention that he suffers from what we would today call bipolar disorder? Oh yeah -- he's also developing a cocaine habit.

And Watson? He's the overweight, bumbling goof that follows Holmes around and has to have simple things explained to him, right? Not so. Watson is a physician, and a wounded veteran of an early British Army campaign in Afghanistan. He came home to London, suffering from what we would today call PTSD, and moved in with an eccentric friend of a friend who needed a roommate who turned out to be Holmes. He's a well-educated person and the perfect Victorian gentleman -- a fitting character to partner with and complement the odd-but-brilliant Holmes.

As for the story, I don't want to give away too much. (It is a mystery, after all.) But I will say the surprising plot turns kept me reading, without seeming like the twists for the sake of twists many mysteries and thrillers plague their readers with. (You should take note, James Patterson.) A story is framed within the main story -- a Western tale of revenge within a Victorian murder mystery, believe it or not. And the killer is just as deep and 3-dimensional as the detectives. But I've said too much. Go read it for yourself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dustin on October 26, 2010
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This was a great book; I highly recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories or mysteries. It's pretty short, so you can read it quickly. I've read the other Sherlock Holmes books, but I really like this one because it introduces the characters and you get to know their personalities. The story is an incredible one with such a strange background I could never have thought it up. Definitely worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on March 1, 2012
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A Study in Scarlet, by A. Conan Doyle

This story introduced the world to John H. Watson M.D., who was wounded in the second Afghan war and then suffered from enteric fever. He was invalided back to England. He is looking for reasonable lodgings. A friend tells him about Sherlock Holmes who is also looking for someone to share expenses. Holmes is described as cold-blooded in outlook. Holmes is excited by his discovery of a test for old bloodstains (Chapter 1). Holmes explains the reasoning for his deductions. Then a letter requests help. A man was found dead in an empty house, no wound on the body, but blood in the room. Holmes & Watson go there to inspect the scene. Holmes explained his deductions (Chapter 4). An advertisement is placed in the "Found" column. Watson loads his revolver to deal with the claimant. The claimant used a cab to escape the shadow! Detective Gregson visits Holmes to explain how he solved the murder. Lestrade arrives to tell of another murder: Stangerson, the secretary of Drebber! Gregson's suspect could not have done it. Holmes shows his brilliance by the surprise introduction of the murderer!

Part 2 tells about the background of the events that resulted in the murders. In 1847 a man and a girl were lost in a desert. They were rescued by Mormons on their way to a new land. Years later Lucy Ferrier was rescued by Jefferson Hope, and they fell in love. The leader of the Mormons commanded Lucy to marry a man she did not love. John Ferrier rejected this ruling. Jefferson Hope returned at night to lead them to Nevada and freedom. But after going hunting Hope found Lucy was captured and John killed and buried. Lucy's husband inherited John's property. Poor Lucy pined away and soon died. Hope planned his cold revenge.
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I own two volumes of Sherlock Holmes stories and I thought they included all of his cases. However, I now know that most of the collections only cover the stories Doyle published in the Strand magazine. A Study in Scarlet was published three years earlier and never appeared in the Strand, hence, it isn't included in either volume I own. I found this book and realized it was the first story Doyle wrote on Holmes and describes how Holmes and Watson first met and solved their first case. This book is a must for fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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By Lee Bacall on May 12, 2014
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Gee whiz, I received this book more than two years ago, and recently gave it to a friend to read
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