I think I’ve known about Sherlock Holmes for a very long time now, however, I had not read any of “his” books yet. Well, in fact, I hadn’t read any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books before. So when I found out we were reading this book at one of the bookclubs I belong to, I was very excited to finally discover the world of Sherlock Holmes.
A Study in Scarlet is the first book in the Sherlock Holmes series. After reading this first story I became seriously obsessed with diving completely into them. That’s when I decided to get myself a book with all of the stories together. Here is a picture of my big book – I definitely need some time to read all of it.
Before I go into my mini-review, I want to share the recommended order in which you should read Sherlock Holmes novels:
– A Study in Scarlet
– The Sign of the Four
– The Hound of the Baskervilles
– The Valley of Fear
There are also other short stories, which are:
– The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 stories)
– The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11 stories)
– The Return of Sherlock Holmes (13 stories)
– His Last Bow (8 stories)
So if you couldn’t tell by the picture, this is a big book. It will take me some time but I know it will be worth it.
Now onto the fun stuff – A Study in Scarlet. I’m going to give this book a 4 star. Here we meet the peculiar Sherlock Holmes but also his very trusty side-kick Dr. Watson. In this book, we start getting acquainted with their characters, with how they interact and with their own personalities. I was involved in the story by how these characters interact with each other and how the story develops.
On the second part of the novel, I feel that Conan Doyle loses track or focus on the story. This is the reason why I’m not giving this book a 5-star rating but I understand how it was necessary for the story. This first novel captured my interest and now I want to know more about Sherlock Holmes’ adventures.
I think that this novel is perfect for anyone who wants to start reading Sherlock Holmes. Actually, anyone who hasn’t read any of those books yet should start with A Study in Scarlet. I find so amusing the way he solves the mysteries and I even had to go back to realize that he gave the answer very early in the book.
This book has a good amount of funny and mystery at the same time. It keeps the reader intrigued and wanting to know more. It is a quick and comfortable read that if you are up to, you can actually finish it in less than a day. I’m a slow reader and I was surprised at how fast I was able to finish the book.
I had very high expectations with this story and while it did not meet them all, the book had that special something that made me want to read more. I will definitely be sharing more thoughts as I read more but if you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below.
Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? What are your favorite stories? Are you planning on reading anything from Arthur Conan Doyle? Let me know, as I would love to hear what you think.