A Study in Scarlet: Book Review

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he original story that addicted readers to Sherlock Holmes

A Study in Scarlet (1887) is the first novel of legendary Sherlock Holmes series written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was the second novel for Doyle next to “J.Habakuk Jephson's Statement”, (1884) and it first appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887. While other Holmes’ stories are arguably much better written crime/detective mysteries, the origin of the best detective story for over a century consecutively delivers electrifying astonishment and impression to its readers, mostly led by the great Sherlock Holmes and his unprecedented character. His every single act, phrase is unquestionably absorbing, and it is enough to make readers grew crazy about Holmes’ world and his magnificent adventures.

The story begins in 1881. Dr. Watson, writer and first person narrative of the story, has just returned to England after serving as an army surgeon in the Second Anglo-Afghanistan War. He has no relative, so he doesn’t settle down, and he spends a sort of wandering life in London. That being said, he feels that he needs to settle in and has to get a job. One day, he surprisingly runs across an old friend, Stamford. Watson talks about his recent situation, then Stamford tells him that one man is looking for a lodger to halve his expensive house rent. It is welcome news for Watson, but his friend somehow is reluctant to introduce that man. The friend says this man is a sort of eccentric person, but it only attracts Watson’s curiosity. On another day, Watson is taken to a laboratory to meet the man. They introduce each other and shake hands. Suddenly, the man guesses correctly that Watson has been to Afghanistan before. It is the very first meeting of the legendary partner, Watson and the man, Sherlock Holmes. They start to live together, and Watson gets to know that Holmes definitely is a mysterious person. Holmes calls himself a detective consultant, not an official job, but insisting on his...
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