Book: A Study In Scarlet
Author: Arther Conan Doyle
Pages: 100 pages
This is my 31st read for the year
This is the first Sherlock Holmes book. Dr. Watson has just returned from war and is looking for a flat mate. A friend introduces him to Sherlock Holmes and these two start what will be quite the adventure together. They move into 221B Baker Street - the famous address and settle into getting to know each other. The story is told from Watson's point of view and how he quickly becomes facinated with Holmes and what drives him. Holmes is called to help investiage a murder, one that the members of Scotland Yard are finding it difficult to solve. Watson gets a first hand account into how Holmes works backwards to solve a crime and how he is going to outwite the detectives.
This was a pretty good book. Well written like I knew it would be. A lot of people feel this is the weakest of Doyle's stories, but it is his first one. I am glad I started at the beginning - never having read any Sherlock Holmes stories before (My husband is a huge fan on the other hand), and now I feel that continuing through his books is necessary. Getting to know how Watson and Holmes came together was essential to understanding their relationship.
I recommend this one if you have not read any Holmes stories.