A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

About the book

When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes’s brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love .

Reviewed by The Olive Tree Reading Group:

Well enjoyed to our surprise! Good descriptions of London in Victorian times. Fascinating glossary of words etc. Second half – thought it a bit ‘Pegs Paperish’.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle”

  1. Review by Cheerful Bags Reading Group:
    Everyone enjoyed the book. Really riveting and the conclusions that Holmes came to were amazing when explained later.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Southsea Literature Group:
    An interesting read following on from Julian Barnes’ ‘Arthur and George’. Conclusion in Pt 1, story Pt 2. As the fore runner to so much detective fiction that has been produced this is fascinating. Pt 2 was considered the more interesting half. Donan Doyles’ interest in history very evident and some good descriptive passages.
    Star rating: ***

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