Sherlock Holmes, A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, summary
The Game is Afoot
After years of reading Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was about time I read his first one, entitled, A Study In Scarlet.
A Study In Scarlet is a story of revenge as well as a mystery or detective story. In it, we are introduced for the first time to Sherlock Holmes and to Doctor Watson, who come together, "as a means to get comfortable rooms at a reasonable price."
We are also introduced to Detective Lestrade and Tobias Gregson his rival, as well as to the Baker Street Irregulars. The Baker Street Irregulars are young hoodlum boys on the street whom Holmes refers to as "Street Arabs."
This is the first Sherlock Holmes story which I have read that follows a unique division in the plot.
The first part is the detective story where Sherlock Holmes is introduced to the crime, and, step by step, solves it through deductive reasoning.
In the second part we are taken through a very enjoyable backstory which follows the early lives of the two murdered men and their killer from their meeting through to the present day and the conclusion of the case.
This is also the first story in which Holmes utters his catch phrase, "The game is afoot."
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To tell any more about the story would truly spoil it for you. But the tale includes a love story, religious persecution, a daring escape from a deadly secret society, and most importantly, The circumstances under which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were first introduced!
I highly recommend reading A Study In Scarlet. If you like mystery stories you will not be disappointed.
For those who know the story, do you believe that what the man Holmes apprehended did was right or wrong?
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Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective, one of the most famous characters in English popular literature, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes has amazing powers of deduction.