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A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Mar 11, 12

really liked it
Read from March 08 to 11, 2012

"A Study in Scarlet" was Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes book, and it shows in the unwieldy structure, which wedges in a flashback set in America (and in which Holmes and Watson do not even appear) to give the backstory for the crimes. Still, I enjoyed the book for its introduction of the main characters and their relationship, as well as for the period London settings so beautifully described by Watson. By his second Holmes tale, "The Sign of Four," ACD has improved the structure by having the criminal tell the back story to Holmes and Watson upon his arrest, and I found it a much better book largely for this reason. Doyle continues to develop his main characters, particularly Holmes and his eccentricities, making for an enjoyable read.

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