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A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  148,863 ratings  ·  4,648 reviews
Sherlock Holmes is a calculating, rational sleuth who also exudes an almost hypnotic sense of otherness. More than a mere detective, he is rather an enigmatic mix of folklore and science, with a knowledge and wisdom, which seems mysterious and even, at times, unearthly. Join Holmes and his able assistant, Dr. Watson, as they become acquainted and combine forces to solve th ...more
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Published February 1st 2002 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published 1887)
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Mike I agree with Nathan's comments. I read A Study in Scarlet after watching Sherlock's "A Study in Pink". Different story with some common elements. I…moreI agree with Nathan's comments. I read A Study in Scarlet after watching Sherlock's "A Study in Pink". Different story with some common elements. I especially appreciated the way both handle the "Rache" clue. Worth checking both (BBC series and this book) out.(less)
Nathan I actually listened to them and the first 2 books took about 4 hours to complete. The third is a collection of shorter cases that each take about an…moreI actually listened to them and the first 2 books took about 4 hours to complete. The third is a collection of shorter cases that each take about an hour. (That's as far as I am; currently in the third.) There were a couple of times that I had to rewind the recording because my mind had wandered but in general the language is not very difficult. There are a couple Latin or French phrases that I did not look up, and occasionally there would be a word that, if given alone, I would not understand, but context was useful. Some of the language is a little archaic or at least rare, but most would understand it. I would say it is geared more towards the later teens or adults.(less)

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The birth of a legend....

This is it...the novel in which Sir Arthur ushered the world’s greatest second best detective (after Batman) into our collective consciousness. Being the non-conformist rebel that I am, I started off bassackwards by reading The Valley of Fear and then The Adventure of the Final Problem because those were the two stories with Moriarty in them. Shocking, I know, but that’s just how I roll. Btw, it still really chaffs my cheeks that Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 nove
Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel is utterly unimpressive. In short, the book starts like this:

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and mid-way turns into this:

And I am not even joking. The novel begins with Holmes and Watson meeting, moving into their Baker Street apartment and then investigating a murder of a man found in an abandoned house. At the half point, however, the story completely changes its course and becomes the most awkward introduction of the murderer's back story and motives involving Mo
Nilesh Kashyap
An anti-review
I don’t read reviews of books, of which I am damn sure I will be reading it very soon. Now, I don’t know how this habit affects my reading.

So, what happened was..
I was not aware of the fact that “I had to be surprised when the second part of the book starts and wonder what happened to the story with Sherlock Holmes in it and how that mystery was solved! Moreover, I had to wonder whether the second part was from some other book, somehow got binded in my copy and curse the publis
Mormons and murder, aaaiiieeeee!
For those who prefer their Sherlock Holmes served up pure and without digression (and I am one), it is possible to skip over the long omniscient passage entitled "The Country of the Saints" without losing "the scarlet thread of murder." Indeed, rare is the reader who can resist the temptation to leapfrog the Great Alkali Plain and learn the fate of the person responsible for the singlular expression of horror and hatred on the dead man’s face at No. 3 Lauriston Ga
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 28, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Kristel
Shelves: 501, detective, british
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This is the book that completes my 2011 Goodreads Reading Challenge! 275 books and I still have 3 days to spare. My first target was 200 because that was the the annual target of the author Nicholas Sparks as he said in one of his interviews. But I achieved it in September so I changed it to 250. But I achieved 250 on the last week of October and I thought I could still read 25 more. So, here I am, proud that I was able to read 275 books!!! Last year, I only read 196 b
Shayantani Das
Rating: 4 stars

This is my first Sherlock Holmes novel and yes, I am ashamed for not having read it earlier. I suppose that, what LOTR trilogy is to the fantasy world, Sherlock Holmes is to the detective/crime genre. Reading it is kind of like getting a degree. So anyway friends, I have graduated and am finally an official member of the crime/mystery fandom.

And I am most definitely a part of the bandwagon of Sherlock Homes fans.

Okay, off to the plot them:

“A Study in Scarlet” introduces the famo
Sherlock Holmes is a dick. And I don’t mean that as a reference to the character being a private detective.

Sure, he may be brilliant, but he’s also arrogant, condescending, cold, rude, self-absorbed and generally an insufferable douche bag. If Watson wasn’t such a brown-noser, he’d have snapped and pimp slapped the shit out of Holmes about five minutes after meeting him.

It’d been a long time since I’d read any of the stories, and I thought I’d check some out after watching Robert Downey Jr. pl
I realized recently that I never reread Sherlock Holmes. I received collected SH for Christmas when I was nine, and read it all (with the exception of Hound of the Baskervilles, which I skipped at the time because I was afraid it might involve bad things happening to dogs) over vacation. I enjoyed the stories very much but at this point only remember colorful details and quirky solutions -- some orange seeds, a secret snake, men with red hair, different colors of mud.

I don't know what happened t
Detectives have artists' eyes; and artists have the eyes of detectives. I don't think anyone knows how much I want to be Sherlock Holmes. Aloof, apart, always observing, eyes wide open, untethered to worldly affairs beyond what immediacy makes necessity, quick-tongued, lightning-brained, spiffy dresser, grounded eccentric, sometimes passionate but never so much that the self is jeopardized, knows his enemies and masters them, instincts taut and fast and brutal like a bear trap, mysterious solver ...more
In A Study in Scarlet (1888), Arthur Conan Doyle introduces his master sleuth to the world, warts and all. Aside from his well-known arrogance and tactlessness, Holmes' other flaws – as well as his odd but impressive knowledge – are cataloged by his astonished new roommate, Dr. Watson:
1. Knowledge of Literature. — Nil.
2. Knowledge of Philosophy. — Nil.
3. Knowledge of Astronomy. — Nil.
4. Knowledge of Politics. — Feeble.
5. Knowledge of Botany. — Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium and poisons g
This is the first of Sherlock Holmes, it is very cool and I enjoyed it. The very interesting part of the book is that it is Doyle's first try at historical fiction. In the introduction it talked about how he was not very accurate with his history but remember it is fiction. I find it interesting because I am a member of The Church of Jesus Crist of Later-Day Saints also known as "the Mormons".
In this book the two people that are murdered are Mormons and the Murderer is not Mormon but lived amon
Franco  Santos
Este libro lo había leído de muy chico y por eso no recordaba mucho de la trama, sin embargo, sí recordaba que lo había disfrutado mucho. El año pasado lo releí para refrescar el sentimiento.

Creo que todos coincidimos con que Sherlock Holmes es el detective más artero, peculiar y avispado que hay hasta la fecha. Es un placer extraordinario leer sobre sus elucubraciones y sus filosofías; son de brillantes a cómicas.

Este libro me resulto bastante pesado. Por eso mismo son las 3 estrellas. El cas
Liz* Fashionably Late
Yes, it had everything to do with this man:

But, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's defense, the writing was engaging, the stories were captivating and now I'm on a mission to read his entire work.

I really felt for Lucy and her tragic story... If the first half of the book was pretty cool, the second half was genius.

Oct 09, 2013 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Aficionados
Recommended to Amanda by: Ruth Provost
Simply okay. I really enjoyed the first part in which Holmes solves the murder, but had to literally drag myself through the second part which goes all the way back to America and the Mormons to explain the murderer's motive. And that second part? Yeah, it takes forrrr-ehhhh-ver. Parts of it read like a textbook analysis of the Mormon faith. You can tell Doyle did his homework (and I kinda wish he hadn't done so quite so thoroughly--there's even a freaking footnote). The second half felt disjoin ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of classic detective fiction.
Recommended to Mike by: My uncle Woodrow, now 93, who also recommended Edgar Rice Burrou
After reading A.O. Scott's review of Sherlock Holmes, I was ready to be a bit disappointed by the movie. Too much action appealing to adolescent boys, I believe Scott said. There also appears to be a brouhaha among Holmesian purists disappointed in the latest film. I watched the movie, enjoyed it (and I am far past adolescence)and turned to Doyle's first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. While I admit I first read this tale as an adolescent, I have re-read it in my 30s and now (shudder) my 50s. ...more
An enjoyable first entry in the long series of Sherlock Holmes stories and novels.

The first part is much as anyone who has read some of the Holmes stories might expect: a light, enjoyable mystery full of Holmes' astounding observational feats mixed with some light social satire of the police and the British public.

The second part is quite different, a bit dark, more of a thriller. Not sure what Mormons might make of this part as it touches upon a dark time in early Mormon history (the excesses
A Study In Scarlet is the first full-length novel in the Sherlock Holmes-series. It describes the first encounter between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who probably formed one of the most well-known partnerships ever. It also includes an actual case Sherlock Holmes investigates, while Dr. Watson kind of tags along, and a huge part of history that lead up to the crime that the gentlemen investigate. I only ever read one other Sherlock Holmes-story, namely The Hound of the Baskervilles (again be ...more
Along with Captain Kirk and the Doctor, my fandom of Sherlock Holmes began in my middle school years. I was aware of the immortal detective but had never really read any of the original source material featuring Holmes until one day in reading lab, I picked up a newly arrived copy of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." I consumed the book in a couple of days and was soon ready to move on to more.

My parents indulged my new interest in Holmes, purchasing a paperback copy of "The Adventures of Sherloc
I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.

With these words the young Dr. John Watson describes his new home after returning broken by injury and illness from the Empire's colonial wars in Afghanistan. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (1859 – 1930), wrote A Study in Scarlet in 1887, the first in the long series of reports by Watson of Sherlock Holmes' masterful and unique investigations. In this book
A Study in Scarlet by Sherlock Holmes was another enthralling and suspenseful mystery. Doyle wins again with his ever lovable Holmes and Watson duo. This was his first Holmes story, and I loved that it was a novel and not a short story. To me, there was much more depth and description to the characters that really added to the novel. I'm in the progress of creating a list of reasons that these books are classics, but I don't know yet, if it's just the Holmes stories that I consider classics, or ...more
_A Study in Scarlet_ is an interesting book for several reasons. Here we have the first written adventure of Sherlock Holmes and get both the first introduction to the famous sleuth and his comrade Dr. Watson, as well as details of their first meeting. We are treated to a somewhat humorous précis of Watson’s first impressions of his strange room-mate (detailed in several other reviews) and even manage to see a fledgling Holmes occasionally wrong, or at least not 100% accurate, in some of his ini ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Classic, detective, revenge, love, murder.

I'd never read any of the Sherlock Holmes books before, but it's always been something I've meant to do. So when I finally got round to it, it was quite a surprise because there are so many books and so little time... But when you're not allowed any books or e-readers at your desk at work and there's a long time between calls, public domain classics are a life-saver.

Ever since I read Martyn Pig I knew I had to get round to Sherlock one day. Ten
I read a few Holmes stories when I was a kid (I think Hound of the Baskervilles was one, 'cause it had a scary dog that bit the fuck out of people or whatever). That said, I'm sure I didn't find them particularly interesting as I remember almost nothing. I was probably way too dumb and inattentive to get into it though, so I approached A Study in Scarlet as my first Holmes story. Well, I definitely had a better time with Holmes in adulthood, but I didn't have my mind blown or anything. I realize ...more
Jonathan Janz
You know why this book is considered a classic? Because it's really, really good.

If you've read it, you'll know what I'm about to allude to; if not, be forewarned about one thing...

At about the sixty-percent point of the novel, it feels like a completely new book begins. I consider myself a fairly skillful reader, but even I began flipping through the pages of my Nook, sure I'd purchased an omnibus of Holmes stories rather than the single novel I thought I'd bought.

It wasn't that the second st
Who knew that Mormons make the perfect gothic villians? And so long ago! You didn't even have Big Love for inspiration. Bravo, well done you! And any simplicity of plot is totally forgiven for lines like "the scarlet skein of murder runs through the plot of life." You delicious mind, you.

Also, this definitely could have been subtitled The Seduction of Doctor Watson. You can see how Holmes and Watson grow from strangers (where Watson's kind of iffy about sharing rooms with a crazy man) to friends
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

August 12th, 2012: Review coming soon. :)

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Okay, so I'm going to try to go on a review spree now, which means my next few reviews will probably be pretty short and not too detailed––partly because I have so many to do, and also because at
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Part I

The Storyline
This being the first story in the Sherlock Holmes series, this is also the introduction of the two main characters: Holmes and Watson. After meeting one another they agree to move in together as they were both in need of a roommate. Shortly after, a man is discovered as being murdered and Sherlock Holmes is asked to evaluate the scene to determine if there is any evidence of who may have done it. The only clue is a woman’s weddin
I really, really enjoy mystery and detective novels. So when I told a friend about this, she asked "and have you ever read the Sherlock Holmes series?" I said "no", yet I knew what my next mission was: to read them.

So, I started the book, and unlike most 19th century novels, this book was entertaining from the first page onwards. It was extremely well written, its language being precise and sort of scientifical (like Sherlock Holmes himself) but also with an entertaining and, if I may say so, go
Beth Sniffs Books
Oh how I wanted to love A Study in Scarlet -- it most definitely started out as at least a 4-star read.

Part 1 was excellent -- getting Watson's back story, watching Watson & Sherlock be introduced to each other, then both moving and settling in to to 221B Baker Street together, and witnessing Watson's and Sherlock's (especially Sherlock's) unique mannerisms and quirks and habits. Plus we get to visit the crime scene and see Sherlock in action.

There is just so much awesome-ness in Part 1. Ep
اولین، ولی نه لزوماً بهترین داستان شرلوک هلمز افسانه ای.
داستان، مثل تقریباً همه ی داستان های هلمز، از زبان دکتر واتسون نقل میشه و شرح چگونه آشنا شدن این دو نفر با هم دیگه است و اولین پرونده ایع که واتسون با هلمز همکاری میکنه.
نصف داستان به ماجرای زندگی قاتل می پردازه، که حقیقتش چندان دلچسب نیست. معمولاً توی داستان های دیگه، خود قاتل ماجرای زندگیش رو ضمن یکی دو صفحه تعریف میکنه. اما در اینجا، راوی سوم شخص کلاً داستان هلمز رو رها میکنه و طیّ فلش بک به نقل ماجرای قاتل می پردازه.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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