A Study in Scarlet, A.C. Doyle (ed. Penguin Books)


A Study in Scarlet, A.C. Doyle (ed. Penguin Books)

Page number: 149

Book number: 9

Language: English

Price: £5,99 (€6,22)

Release date: September 2014

Themes: Detective story – Investigations – Sherlock Holmes –  Mystery – 19th century – Crime

Note: 4/5


From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detcetive Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the 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 circumstances of the crime. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brillantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a trgic tale of love and deadly revenge…


It is a great pleasure to come back to the classic stories of Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to re – read it to have the delight to read it in Shakespear language. I read it a long time ago, so I did not remember of all the story.

The author divided the story into two parts, the first one is the investigation and the second one is the explanation. These parts are separated, not just because they have a different title but also the plot is different between the two parts. On the one hand, the difference between the investigation and the explanation is easier to make. On the contrary, you do not understand at the beginning of the second part that is the reason for the crime. Firstly, because the intrigue changes completely (the characters, the place), there is no link with the first part. It is in the next chapter that you understand the connection with the first part. This return to the past is a big piece in this second part, but only the end of that is interesting. Moreover, this makes the reading effortful and break the unicity of the book.

In this story, we assist at the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the viewpoint of the doctor. We discover more about Sherlock at the same pace as John so at the beginning we know nothing about him after he becomes a strange person, and finally, you choose if you like him or not. Given that the point of view is John’s we know everything about him since the beginning of the story. Some other iconic characters make their appearance in this book, Lestrade and Gregson. Between the two there is a rivalry, and we can see this in every scene that involve the two of them or the police.

Conclusion: An excellent book even if there is a part a little useless, but it makes us think hard to find who did these crimes before Sherlock.



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