A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Series: Sherlock Holmes #1

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Pub Date: 1887; audiobook I’m listening to is from 2017

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.’

From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

I started an 72 hour long journey through definitive audio collection of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books read by Stephen Fry. So this review is a first in a series, if I’ll still be willing to write a reviews for all the books in the series…

My knowledge of Sherlock Holmes cannon is based entirely on BBC Sherlock series, I’ve also seen movies with Robert Downy Jr, but I didn’t like them. But I love BBC’s mini series with Benedict Cumberbutch. But I’ve never read the books, so when I’ve got email from Audible promoting this amazing collection I decided to give it a go. I was looking for some new audiobook anyway, and listening to classics is the best way for me to find time and will to read them.

The first book in the Sherlock Holmes series surprised me. In a good and bad way. The good surprise was that I like the writing, or maybe don’t mind it. I was worried I might have troubles with understanding nineteenth century English, but it wasn’t the case. What surprised me in the bad way was the part where Doyle suddenly moved us to USA, to meet Mormons in Salt Lake Valley. It was strange, and I see how it was important to the mystery, but come on… it could be done differently. If it wasn’t for the previous experiences with Holmes, and how much I love the TV  series, I don’t think I would enjoy this story enough to pick up the next in the series. Fans of Holmes are much more likely to enjoy the books, if you didn’t like the movies or series, I don’t think the books will change your mind about the famous detective.

6 thoughts on “A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. Richard says:

    The Sherlock Holmes books are some of my favourites! The Sign of Four is my favourite out of the series. 🙂
    I’m a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fanboy having read all the books, and Horowitz’s recent addition to the canon as well as several TV and film adaptations including Cumberbatch and Downey Jr’s take on the role.
    Have fun reading/listening to the stories!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ola says:

      I’m listening to The Sign of Four now and I cannot get into the story… It’s highly unlikely it will become my favourite. I hope there is one story in the series that I will love 🙂


  2. Jasmine says:

    Is listening the audio easier to understand the 19th century English than reading it? I haven’t read Sherlock Holmes yet but really want to. I do like a good mystery 🙂


  3. alilovesbooks says:

    Thank goodness someone else has finally read (or listened) to this. I read it last month for the first time and was like “what the heck”. I really enjoyed the first half and was shocked at how similar to the TV show it was and then all of a sudden we were in the US hearing about evil Mormons. I thought I’d wandered into a new and completely bizarre story. Once I figured out I hadn’t I did kind of enjoy it but it was an awfully sudden shift and a total shock.

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