A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

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by Arthur Conan Doyle

Detective fiction Mystery Crime and justice Logic vs. intuition The impact of the past on the present

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A Study in Scarlet is a mystery novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1887. It is the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

The novel is written in two parts. The first part takes place mainly in London in the middle of the Victorian era, while the second part takes place in Utah, United States.

The story begins in 1878 with Dr. John Watson, who is retired due to an injury in the war in Afghanistan and later suffering from typhus disease. Watson, with financial problems, needs to move house and look for a cheaper one. One day he runs into an old friend named Stamford, who reveals to him that an acquaintance of his named Sherlock Holmes is looking for a roommate on 221 B Baker Street. That way Sherlock and Watson meet.

Initially Watson receives a bad impression on Sherlock Holmes, since he sees him as a very conceited and somewhat selfish guy. Little by little, as he gets to know him, he discovers that he is a true genius of deduction and not just an amateur.

Their adventures begin one day when they receive a message from Scotland Yard about a recent murder. Holmes and Watson set out to investigate it.

The book A Study in Scarlet is the first volume in the Sherlock Holmes series.


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About Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British author and physician. He is best known as the creator of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.


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What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.


Oh! A mystery is it?" I cried, rubbing my hands. "This is very piquant. I am much obliged to you for bringing us together. 'The proper study of mankind is man,' you know.


No man burdens his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so.


There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it. And now for lunch, and then for Norman Neruda. Her attack and her bowing are splendid.


To a great mind, nothing is little,' remarked Holmes, sententiously.

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