Today is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (22 May 1859), so I thought it was the perfect time for this post!
Title: A Study in Scarlet
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publication Date: 1888 (1887 in annual)
Brief Synopsis: From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody 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 crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . . (Courtesy of Goodreads)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 flowers!
Why I think this is a must-read: The birth of a legend – A Study in Scarlet introduced the world to one of the greatest literary duos of all time: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This story is also the first known fictional novel to feature the magnifying glass as an investigative tool. Also, who doesn’t like a murder-mystery involving kidnapping, enslavement, and revenge? It’s the perfect plot for the world’s most famous detective that never lived. And, with so many television and movie adaptions, reading this story will help you decide which adaptations do the original justice.
A Favorite Quote: “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
Have you read A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? What did you think?