To a great mind, nothing is little.A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.
I always love a good detective book. And after watching all Sherlock movies and binge-watching the entire Sherlock show I knew it was about time for me to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. I started out with “A Study in Scarlet”.
There are actually two stories told in the novel. The first part of the novel describes a mysterious murder that happens in London and whose victim displays a gruesome death mask. Later a second murder is discovered. It’s not clear whether the two killings are connected but the two men were associates and so it’s a likely conclusion—though the victims’ manner of death is quite different.
Because, it’s the first story, there’s also the meeting of Holmes and Dr. Watson–who becomes Holmes’s roommate and who soon becomes fascinated by the work of the world’s first consulting detective. The relationship also reads as realistic for the type of living arrangement Holmes and Watson have. They don’t become inseparable over the course of a day, but have a much more casual and independent acquaintance.
What I really enjoyed about the novel is that it is told from the perspective of Watson. This strategic move by Doyle allows the reader to quickly develop an emotional connection with the character and helps eases the process of characterizing Watson. Not only does Watson act as the narrator of the novel, he also bridges the connection between Holmes and the reader.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good old mystery. The plot is rather straight forward, however, the emotional connection the reader develops with the different characters drives the need to read more. Overall I really enjoyed this read. It’s safe to say that Sir Arthur really knows what his doing and writes incredible stories that though are short are also very gripping. I also do recommend checking out Downey Jr’s and Cumberbatch’s interpretation. They definitely do Holmes justice.