A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

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“There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror”

I’m going to keep this short and (somewhat) sweet, because this is a very short little introduction that started it all. Everyone’s favorite original detective is Sherlock Holmes, and I’ve been wanting to see how it all began for a long while now! But I can honestly say that I was not prepared for the last half of this tiny book. Yet, I am still happy that I can finally say I’ve read the source material.

We get to learn a little background information on Watson, and we get to see how he and Sherlock met and developed the most unusual of friendships. I really loved this and I feel like the story benefits so heavily from being told in Watson’s perspective. And I loved seeing the Baker Street apartment and I loved the mysteries, too.

What the fuck even was this last half? Utah? Mormons and polygamy? Questionable child care? Gross words describing Native people? What the hell did I stumble into? But I guess we needed to know the murderer from part one’s back story? I am so damn confused, but yikes.

Overall, this was a wild ride, but I am happy that I went on it. I’m not sure if I will be continuing on with anything else from Arthur Conan Doyle, but I can’t wait to jump into a reimagining, A Study in Charlotte, and see all of the parallels! Especially since this original material left me feeling very underwhelmed.

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24 thoughts on “A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. Oh I’m going to start A Study In Charlotte real soon (!!), when are you going to read it? (me hinting at a br) but also i think you might be buddy reading it with someone else, so I wouldn’t want to intrude on that. (i hate being socially awkward)

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    1. Awh! I’m sorry, love! I actually already read A Study In Charlotte! But… I’d love to do another buddy read with you SO MUCH! You will never intrude or being awkward with me (AKA: the queen of true awkwardness!) But seriously… pick any book on my TBR and we can make it happen at the end of Feb, I’m sure! Or… whenever I do my Feb TBR… pick anything! Hehehe! 💗xx



      1. Ahh did you like it? I’m reading it right now and really enjoying it! Ahh I would love to read The Diviners with you (if that’s possible) I don’t mind (so if you can’t fit that into your feb TBR, we could always do march?) you’re sooo kind ❤ ❤

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      2. We should totally do the Diviners in March! I already have it planned with a few others though, but it still works perfectly out! But let me know if you want to do a something else that’s just with me!

        And i ended up REALLY enjoying a study in charlotte! I’m still surprised! Hahaha! 💖xx

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      3. Yay! I actually like deleted my Goodreads now , if that’s relevant at all (like i can’t see your exact progress on the book?) but I’m excited to read it with you!

        And i finished A Study In Charlotte and I LOVE Charlotte SO much?!

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  2. What you have to remember about the language used is the time it was written. Morals were different back then.

    That being said; I have read everything in the Sherlock Holmes series by Doyle. Literally loved it. So intellectual. Makes you look at the world differently when you’ve taken in the Sherlock deductive mindset.

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  3. Awe, it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it – but I love your thoughts! I really love Doyle’s series. It’s a little different story wise, I’ll definitely concur. Some of the stories follow this pattern of “Sherlock and Watson” and then a story behind the case itself. I don’t think they all do this though—it’s been some time since I’ve read them.

    Great review, love!

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