‘Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 57/100


A Study in Scarlet By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Audiobook Edition, narrated by Stephen Fry

Finished on 6/25/2017


Genres: Mystery, Crime

The Beginning of a Legend

Spoiler-tastic review

The beginning of a grand journey. This is the first Sherlock Holmes story, in which Sherlock and Watson first meet and become roommates. We learn that while Holmes is very intelligent, he is also slightly ‘off.’ I’m not going to go too far into details because by this point everyone has some opinion about Holmes so there’s no point.

Here’s something I didn’t like. One man’s quest for revenge is discovered by Mr. Holmes. When Holmes confronts him, the man babbles the truth of things. Only then do we learn how Holmes determined who the murderer was. I would have liked this to be reversed, with Holmes piecing things together first followed by the babbling of the truth of things. Another thing I didn’t like was Doyle’s rather rude depiction of Mormons in this story.

Audiobook notes: Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry) did a good job as narrator. He wasn’t as emotive as some narrators, but he did bring some style of his own.

Stay Sunny!


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