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A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Novel | [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

In the first of all the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. John Watson, discharged from military service after suffering severe wounds, is at a loose end until a chance encounter leads him to take rooms with a remarkable young man. The arrogant, irascible Sherlock Holmes is a master chemist, a talented musician, and an expert on all aspects of crime.
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In the first of all the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. John Watson, discharged from military service after suffering severe wounds, is at a loose end until a chance encounter leads him to take rooms with a remarkable young man. The arrogant, irascible Sherlock Holmes is a master chemist, a talented musician, and an expert on all aspects of crime. And when Watson is drawn into the investigation of a bizarre murder in which Holmes is involved, he is unaware that it is the beginning of the most famous partnership in the history of criminal detection.

The mystery begins when a body turns up in an abandoned building. A baffled Scotland Yard calls in the world's first "consulting detective," Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Through observation, subterfuge, and tenacity, he is soon able to discover the identity of the assassin, but that is only the beginning of the bizarre mystery. This audiobook includes the bonus Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2009 Tantor

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    D. C. S. Alves London, UK 02-20-12
    D. C. S. Alves London, UK 02-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Homes' deductions a bit too excessive for my taste"
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    The era is quite charming and Watson is very likeable, but I have to say that Homes' extraordinary deductions based on apparently insignificant details are just too fictitious and over-the-top for my taste.


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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-13-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-13-09 Member Since 2007

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    "This is probably heresy to Holmes fans but..."

    I've become enamored of detective fiction only in the last year, and I came to Holmes through his reinterpretations by authors like Laurie R King and Nicolas Meyer. I was delighted to see new versions of the Conan Doyle's classics and eagerly wanted to listen to this one --Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

    The original Holmes is still a great invention, but Conan Doyle didn't create great fiction around him, in this novel anyway --Even Simon Prebble couldn't make this a great listen to me (and sometimes I wonder if Simon was bored -- this is not his best narration). Also, the recording quality of my download was a bit wonky -- I didn't bother to re-download to see if that corrected the sound glitches (probably would).

    I will persevere on to other of Conan Doyle's novels or short stories, but without as high expectations. And I look forward more to next year's release of Laurie R Kings' second part of "The Language of Bees."

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