A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The original Sherlock Holmes story. The story that introduces both characters to the world. Dr Watson has returned from the war in Afghanistan in the late 1800s. Requiring a new place to live, he is introduced to the peculiar character of Mr Sherlock Holmes, and the rest is history! A legend is born.
The first case involves the death of a man in unusual circumstances, apparently a revenge killing, based on graffiti in blood found at the scene. Through his immense skill in observation and deduction, Sherlock unravels the mystery in no time. Much to the astonishment of Watson, who is our narrator and guide through the story.
Endlessly quotable. “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it…”
A true masterpiece of detective writing.
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