A Study in Scarlet is popularly known as the introductory book of the most famous crime detective in the history of Literature, Sherlock Holmes. The book is primarily narrated by Dr. Watson. It starts with the circumstances by which Holmes and Watson come to meet each other and share lodging and this is how the narrator comes to know of the extraordinary mental capability of the amateur detective.
The actual case starts when Holmes is being asked for suggestions in a mysterious murder committed of an American in a lonely apartment space. Invited by Holmes, Watson trots along with him and this is how he becomes the detective’s comrade as he solves this twisted case, with its basis lying in Salt Lake City, United States.
General thoughts about the book:
1. The narrative is really interesting in the voice of Dr. Watson. The entire plot is thoughtfully carved in this book.
2. The character-sketch is really good. There are certain distinctive characteristics about every one of them and the psychology of them is also well captured.
3. As for the most important component i.e. the case, it makes the book a page-turner but the entirety of it comes out to be a bit flimsy. With historical section of the case, it does not come out to be that exciting. Otherwise, the twists and turns and the evidence and the crime aspects are well carried out.
I have just started reading the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes and I would say, A Study in Scarlet made quite an impressive beginning. I would recommend it to all crime-thriller lovers.
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