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血字的研究 (Sherlock Holmes #1, 2)

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A Study in Scarlet brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson together for the first time, creating one of the most illustrious crime-solving partnerships of all times. In The Sign of Four, an incredible tale of greed and revenge unfolds as Holmes and Watson accompany a beautiful young woman to the dark heart of London.

Paperback, 339 pages
Published December 2008 by 好讀發行 : 知己圖書總經銷 (first published 1887)
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A Study in Scarlet is wonderful right up until the point where there's an entirely separate story wedged into the middle of it. I understand the relevance of having the perspective of the criminals, but I think ACD got a little carried away. I've never read this before, however, so to see the first ever meeting of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson was enjoyable, and seeing how they grow to each other.

A Sign of the Four, on the other hand, is definitely my preferred of the two. Maybe I pay too much...more
Read a couple of years ago. Listening to the Derek Jacobi audiobooks now. Added thoughts on narration and such over at my blog: here and here

Overall star rating: 3.5

A Study in Scarlet - 3 stars

There are some truly brilliant parts of this novel, the growing relationship between Holmes and Watson, the interactions between Holmes and the police, the deductive reasoning that sees Holmes pulling solutions almost from thin air, the mystery itself...Why then only three stars? Well... once the mystery...more
Heather's Mum
Sep 09, 2007 Heather's Mum rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Sherlock Fan
In spite of the indulgence of illogical character development and basic deduction flaws in Doyle's first Sherlock novels, they are, in my opinion, still priceless literature. The novels, irregardless of the inconsistencies, are wonderfully woven with threads of colorful clues in varied intensity of terror, keen observation, "elementary" deduction and incredible chain of reasoning... including elimination.

".. when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be t...more
I don't normally go for classics but I love the show Sherlock and really felt like I should read this. I wasn't disappointed. After reading Dracula I had kind of sworn off classics but this one was much more interesting and just modern enough for me to get on with the writing and the old speak. The stories are short and not as complex as the show makes them but I love Sherlock Holmes, the book character and the TV character. He is so strange but clever and I enjoyed reading this. I'm not in a ru...more
A Study in Scarlet

This is first story of ACD's Sherlock Holmes mystery where Holmes and Watson first time meet each other and throuoghout story we see their relationship growing. Also we meet few characters which are present in almost all Holmes cases because he's independent investigater and his work is in interaction with police, detective Lestrade and we witness his deductive reasoning, he is so proud of that part of his way of thinking that sometimes he's so proccupied with his own greatnes...more
And things were going so well until the Mormons showed up...

I was inspired to give the original Conan Doyle stories a try after watching the latest season of the BBC's spectacular Sherlock series...and figured, what better place to start than the beginning? And for the first half of A Study In Scarlet, I have to admit I was completely engrossed. The mystery itself wasn't too interesting (and it turns out, impossible to solve for the reader since it ends up being some random guy Holmes reveals at...more
Uno studio in rosso
Giudizio: 4/5

Sarò sincera. Fino a poche ore fa conoscevo Sherlock Holmes per i soliti e apocrifi elementi distintivi con cui, da diversi anni a questa parte, il cinema e il teatro hanno impreziosito la figura dell'investigatore più celebre di tutti i tempi. Ma sì, la pipa calabash, il deerstalker, il proverbiale 'Elementare, Watson!'. Ho dunque deciso di colmare questa mia pesante lacuna con la lettura di 'Uno studio in rosso', pubblicato nel 1887, con il quale debuttano il do...more
HORRIBLY ignorant, to an almost amusing extent. If it wasn't so absurd, I'd probably have been offended. :) Most people only read the first half of the book... you have to read the second half to see why this is my opinion.
When reading into the stories of Sherlock Holmes before actually picking it up, some people adviced against starting with the first book, seeing as Doyle was still learning the craft of writing when he started on A Study in Scarlet. I decided to just go ahead and start with the first book, I'm glad I did.
Whilst the first book is not the most brilliant one in existence, it gives a lovely insight in how the characters of Holmes and Watson got together and began their adventures together. The firs...more
Lisa Eskra
A Study in Scarlet is not a very good story but Sherlock Holmes is compelling enough as a character to make it work. The mystery itself was not very complicated. The story was good until the criminal is apprehended, at which point Doyle goes into a history of what led said criminal to commit the crime. I felt like that part was well-told, but God was it boring. I just didn't care. I wanted Holmes back. Later on, the criminal tells their side of the story in custody, so it isn't even relevant. Tw...more
i wanted to read these books because i love the new BBC series and i had never read any of the Sherlock novels. I have to admit that i was pretty disappointed. I liked reading the novels because there are allusions to the books in the tv series, but i found the stories themselves really boring. The first book takes a huge turn when you get to the morman section, but then i found myself really enjoying that part and was sad when it abruptly stopped and you were back in london. the second book was...more
Jeremy Johnson
The second book is much better than the first, but you need to read A Study in Scarlet for two reasons. It's where Holmes and Watson are introduced to one another, and because you're reading right along and suddenly the whole thing goes left. I was worried that there was a printing accident and I had a section from a completely different book stuck in place of the chapters I was supposed to be reading. When you're finally resolved to read this story that you can't fathom would ever fit into a Sh...more
Anjali Williams
I'm glad I finally read a couple of Sherlock Holmes novels. I liked _A Study in Scarlet_ the best, particularly the shock of part II, with its sensationalist depiction of Brigham Young and the Mormons in Utah... NOT what I was expecting, but it certainly made it more of a page-turner. Both books were easy reads; I can see why they've had enduring popularity, but I can also see why they aren't often taught in Victorian literature classes. I won't rush to read through the entire Sherlock Holmes co...more
Denise Hutchins
I was so shocked when I realized what was happening during the flashback in the second half of A Study in Scarlet. When I'd finished, I had the same sense of satisfaction as I get from the other Holmes mysteries plus a little bonus feeling of rightful justice after reading the tale of the culprit at the very end. I got the Google Play Books free copy of this book just so I could read A Study in Scarlet, so I won't be commenting on The Sign of the Four here (I'll be reading the Kindle version so...more
While I thoroughly enjoy the duo of Holmes and Watson with their bromantic dynamic, I didn't find these two stories very compelling. Rather far-fetched plots and too many stories within a story within the story. ('He told me what am telling you now is what's happened.')
Here's hoping Doyle really did improve his writing as he went along with the Sherlock Holmes stories, because I bought them all.
After watching the BBC series I was curious about reading some of the originals. It is interesting how the timing again works for Dr. Watson to be an Afghanistan War veteran. Sherlock Holmes' casual cocaine use gets translated into being a nicotine addict, but the elements of characters in the show are rather strongly presented in these two novellas.

It was interesting of how once the criminals were apprehended how they will have their stories so thoroughly recounted. One features sinister Mormon...more
Kally Sheng
A Study in Scarlet:
Original Transcriber's Note: This etext is prepared directly from an 1887 edition...
A Study in Scarlet (Audio):
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I've read and greatly enjoyed two collections of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories. So, I was really surprised to discover that I really didn't care for these two novels. Both followed the format of Holmes solving the mystery and then a 20-page flashback giving the murder's life history and motivation. They weren't well-integrated into the story (more like a dumped explanation), and they weren't that interesting. Each novel felt like two stories stuck together. I also didn't find the romance...more
Bonnie Staughton
I'm a new reader of Arthur Conan Dole's "Sherlock" stories but I haven't found one yet that I haven't liked.

"The Study in Scarlet" contains a story-within-a-story which supplies a lot of background information critical to understanding the story. I have read some reviews that said they didn't like this technique. I really enjoy it. It broadens your interest in the story line.

I saw the "The Sign of Four" on the TV show "Sherlock Holmes" with Jeremy Brett. It was produced scene for scene exactly...more
It has been more than 20 years since I read this for the first time, and it doesn't thrill as much as I remember. Perhaps it is the proliferation of CSI/NCIS type shows, or just the evolving knowledge of criminal behavior, but some of the conclusions now seem dated- such as the idea that politics or romantic love are the only motives for murder.

I'm also less than impressed with the clumsy way that the backstory of the murderer and victims were written. It feels like an entirely different story,...more
Rodolfo Barrientos acosta
Sherlock Holmes es el máximo exponente del género policíaco de la literatura universal, superando sin duda al Auguste Dupin de Edgar Allan Poe (que igual me agrada bastante).

Habiendo dicho eso la pregunta es: ¿Por qué no alcanza sus primeras obras las cinco estrellas si supera con todo a Dupin? La respuesta es sencilla: este libro incluye las primeras obras de Conan Doyle navegando por el género y tal vez la literatura en general. Son los primeros pasos de una obra cuya genialidad ha traspasado...more
I wish my parents hadn't bought me a Sherlock Holmes compendium when I was 12, in the height of my science-fiction-only days. Because then I wouldn't have to have spent the last 11 years backing into actually reading what was at the time, 'ew, something old, and a detective story, and there are NO TALKING UNICORNS OR SPACESHIPS.'

However, I started reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice series by Laurie King (retired Sherlock Holmes meets equally brilliant young theology student around WWI, results a...more
A young doctor, a Watson, if I’m not mistaken, is returning from Afghanistan, war weary and a bit ill. He finds himself in London at the end of the 19th century, looking for cheap lodgings and possibly a friend. By word of mouth, he finds himself rooming with the strangest variety of renaissance man. A young guy, as well, Mr. Holmes, I believe it is, who has a collection of habits to make Watson’s head spin. Ever the doctor, Watson sets out to come to the bottom of the bizarre goings-on of Holme...more
I got a Nook for Christmas and have discovered the wonderful world of free and nearly-free classics. These stories are part of a collection of 50 mystery stories I got for 99 cents. Bargain.

Having never read them before, I was first surprised, then frustrated and annoyed, that the mystery in A Study in Scarlet ends up revolving around a love triangle among Mormon polygamists who, for reasons not entirely clear, end up in London to be murdered. I've read enough genuine Mormon history to know that...more
Jenny Sparrow
Есть ли что-то лучше, чем в туманный ноябрьский вечер удобно устроиться где-нибудь в уголке с горячо любимыми историями про величайшего сыщика всех времён. Сразу вспоминается детство, как я читала эти рассказы запоем, лёжа на животе или сидя у стола. Как перечитывала много-много раз.

Впервые я прочитала эти книги лет в 13, кажется. К тому времени я уже нашла и проглотила (не единожды) все рассказы, которые были у нас дома про Великого сыщика. И вдруг в одном сборнике на дальней полке (до сих пор...more
Until this two novel set, I've only have ever read a smattering of the short stories. A Study In Scarlet was an engaging read, though it was a little disorientating about half-way through. No sooner did Holmes capture the killer on hidden information, which caused no end of confusion, than I found myself reading a story about the old west. I admit, I then went to wiki to see if I could figure out what was going on. I had to resolve if this novel was a collection of short stories, or some elabora...more
A few brief notes:
-Surprisingly modern, readable prose for a pair of 19th century novellas. Compare, for example, the depictions of India in Doyle's The Sign of Four and Kipling's Kim. Kipling may be more naturalistic, but Doyle is more accessible (i.e. I was not reaching for the dictionary every 10 minutes). When I read an old novel that sounds (relatively) modern, I take that as a mark of the strength of it's influence. That is, the stronger the influence of an older novel on those that came...more
I am an unapologetic Sherlock Holmes fan, yet it took me this long to read the source of my admiration: Arthur Conan Doyle's books.

I read the Collector's Library edition which combined the first two Sherlock Holmes novellas, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. In these we find out how Holmes and Watson meet, and they solve two mysteries. I won't go into the plots here, as it is quite hard to talk about them without giving any spoilerish information away.

Sherlock Holmes is awesome. I love hi...more
Ayrton Borges
“A Study in Scarlet” (1887) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the original and one of the more popular of the Sherlock Holmes series which sparked interest in writing in this style of mystery. In this story Sherlock and his companion Dr. Watson meet and start a strong friendship. A Study in Scarlet involves a murder which Holmes and Watson strive to solve. A body was discovered in a abandoned building and the authorities are unable to figure out who culprit is and only the intelligent Sherlock is ab...more
In “ A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr.Watson meets Sherlock Holmes and they must solve a bizarre mystery together. Men are murdered and they have to figure out what happened. The story contains flashbacks, red herrings and many twists and turns. The reader is left wondering who is responsible for the crime and how all the information ties together. A Study In Scarlet is a compelling mystery outcome of the case.
The plot of story begins with a man dying in the hotel. Dr. Watson a...more
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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...more
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“I have already explained to you that what is out of the common is usually a guide rather than a hindrance. In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day affairs of life it is more useful to reason forwards, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically.” 1 likes
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