Review of A Study in Scarlet

Posted February 17, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review of A Study in Scarlet

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genres: Classic, Crime, Mystery
Published by Harper Collins on Feb. 17, 2015
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Illustrator: Gris Grimly

In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.

First Line

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.

What I thought of this book

I have watched all kind of Sherlock Holmes movies from the old ones to the new ones and not once have I ever read any of Sir. Arthur Conan Doyles books. I seen A Study in Scarlet with it’s interesting cartoonish style cover on Edelweiss and though I need

A Study in Scarlet is the first Sherlock Holmes book. I always assumed he knew Watson but I learned that they were strangers when they first met. It’s told from Watson’s point of view and he has just come home the army and is in need of a place to stay. A friend of his sets him up with Sherlock.

Sherlock is so arrogant and it comes out in everything he talks about. Inspector Gregson needs his help with a strange case about a man who was murdered in an abandoned house. Sherlock does all his weird detecting and comes up with some ideas on what happened and then lets the Inspector try and figure things out.

The strange thing about this book and one of the reasons that I didn’t give it a higher mark was that after they catch the bad guy it goes off into part two which had me so confused at first until I realized we were finding out why the crime happened. It takes us through another story that has nothing to do with Sherlock and Watson. It was about a man and a little girl who were about to die in the desert when a band of Mormons came threw and rescued them, but only if they would be part of their religious sect.

This went okay at first but as the young girl grew up some of the men where wanting her as a wife and the man who raised her wasn’t going to have it that way. She had fell in love with another man who wasn’t a Mormon and well things happen and you find out from the story that the two dead men from Part one are the same two guys from Part Two and well it was rather confusing and a bit dull.

Then the story goes back to Sherlock and Watson and the story finishes, but to me that was really weird.

This edition has illustration by Gris Grimly and I haven’t ever read anything with his illustrations. He is a great artist, but I thought the illustrations were just really weird. I am going to guess that they were suppose to be outlandish because I don’t really know his style, but they really made me laugh. I think they would be appealing to a younger audience who might try this edition.

Overall, I enjoyed reading about Sherlock and Watson and I will probably read another one some time as I am a big Sherlock fan. If you haven’t ever tried a Sherlock novel then you should try it especially if you love watching the shows like I do. 🙂

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One response to “Review of A Study in Scarlet

  1. Loved your review of this book, Stormi…I love Sherlock Holmes and while I agree with your assessment of the book which I noticed too still I guess I will go and read this book again and again just because it has Sherlock Holmes in it! LOL

    Conan Doyle got better with his subsequent novels and improved on the mistakes he made in this one like confusing the readers with the flow of the book. 🙂

    Checkout my review of Study in Scarlet here:

    -Nikita @Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff

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