Nov 20, 2020

Book Review

by Arpit

Book:A study in Scarlet
Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher:FingerPrint Classics

A Study in Scarlet is the book that features Sherlock Holmes as a world-famous detective and his friend Dr John Watson as his partner. Watson is the narrator of the story. It is the first book of the four novels of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

The book illustrates how Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder in the Lauriston Garden. Watson describes each execution process, used by Holmes, in a way which gives the reader some suspense and thrill. At the murder spot, the only visible clue found is the german word RACHE written on the wall. With no noticeable evidence, the case becomes nearly impossible to investigate. But then Sherlock Holmes captures every minute details at the murder spot. The situation becomes much more complicated with another murder.

The whole plot in the second part shift to North America where the mysterious condition of John Ferrier (a traveller in his mid-fifties) and a little girl (Lucy Ferrier) is laid open. The second story is associated with the murder in the Lauriston garden. But it took an ample amount of time for the author to connect the two anecdotes. Many readers may find it annoying, which is the major loophole of the book.

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

At certain times I felt curious regarding who might be the murderer. Despite the loss of focus in the second half, the book is worth reading. The atmosphere, the characters and the chemistry between Holmes and Watson is a captivating mystery. I will suggest the book to the readers who like thrill and suspense.



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