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Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Synopsis

A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become the most famous detective duo in popular fiction.

The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "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."

Accompanying Sherlock Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Dr Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes soon uncovers a trail of murder and lost love.

The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of the magazine in which the story first appeared, Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, are known to exist now and they have considerable value.

Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by The Sign of the Four, published in 1890. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool

Details
  • Format : Slightly Smaller 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Fiction - Crime & Mystery
  • Published : 1887 (This Edition - 2007 - Penguin Red Classic Fiction)
  • ISBN : 9780141034331
  • SKU : B002367
  • PPC : LL220gm
  • RRP : £6.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Quite clearly marvellous to see how the rules of detective fiction/noir are placed so meticulous and clear in this, the first Sherlock Holmes novel. Halfway the locale turns exotic - Holmes already knows who the culprit is - and, fittingly, the motive is but half the story! What a feeling of pervasive excitement the mid 19th Century had with these cerebral, albeit universal, yarns of suspense." - Goodreads Review.

The Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ DL was a British writer and physician. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

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