Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Study In Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

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...

I wanted/hoped and prayed i would love this, and i did. This is my first time reading some of the actual works of mr holmes, i have seen the tv series and the films and i am hooked so i thought what better time than now to start reading. This edition has a beautiful cover and its a small book meaning they are perfectly handbag sized, which is always a bonus in my eyes. 
So i guess i should get on to the book, i loved the writing style very descriptive and informative in its manner perfect for building a picture world in your head(even if my version of Sherlock looks remarkably like Mr Cumberbatch). Been the first book in the series it sets the scene for how Holmes and Watson end up together, we learn a brief history of Watson, and a little less of Holmes.  We follow them as they begin their adventure to solve the mystery of the murder of the that was wordy ha! Part one follows the pair as they try and solve the mystery with little inclination to how its done, the end of the part sees it solved, so what did we expect from part two? The hows.

As i got on to part two, it actually felt like a whole other book, which at the time baffled me, but i stuck with it, things are rarely put into a book without a meaning, so instead i allowed myself to be drawn in into a seemingly other world in a land far away in the desert. As the story flowed we hear the afore mentioned names of characters and lot more becomes clear. As the story drew to a close i felt like all my questions had been answered in a typical Sherlock way, a long roundabout but worth it in the end kind of way. With only about 180 pages to this book it felt like you had read alot more. 

I am very much looking forward to reading more from the world of Sherlock, i was worried that the writing style would be hard going especially with it been an older book, but once you began, it drew you in and it could of been written recently. I would highly reccomend this to anyone toying with the idea of reading this.


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