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A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new character of Sherlock Holmes, who later became one of the most famous literary detective characters. He wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the next year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his sidekick Doctor 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 colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (Summary by Wikipedia)

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By A. Conan Doyle


( Being a reprint from the reminiscences of JOHN H. WATSON, M.D., late of the Army Medical Department. ) [2]


IN the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon. The regiment was stationed in India at the time, and before I could join it, the second Afghan war had broken out. On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through the passes, and was already deep in the enemy's country. I followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as myself, and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where I found my regiment, and at once entered upon my new duties.

The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster. I was removed from my brigade and attached to the Berkshires, with whom I served at the fatal battle of Maiwand... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 7, 2014
Subject: A Study In Scarlet
One of the best of the Sherlock Holmes series. Ironically this is the last one I listened to and it is the first in the entire series! The narrator, has a wonderful voice and narrating style. Great tone and timber and just enough inflection to keep it interesting.
Reviewer: - December 31, 2013
Subject: A complete surprise
The author has his geography mixed up, but the middle part of the story is amazingly accurate! I thought I'd read all of the Sherlock Holmes books/stories, but somehow I missed this one. It amazed me with its accuracy of some little-known material.
Reviewer: - March 30, 2013
Subject: Thanks
Thank you very much. I loved it.
Reviewer: - March 28, 2013
Subject: Awesome!
I loved this book and the way it was read!
Reviewer: - March 16, 2013
Subject: Excellent!
We listened to this during a long drive with the family, and were enthralled. Great story!
Reviewer: - March 15, 2013
Subject: Great book!
A wonderful audio edition of this classic. The reader is a bit slow, but very much like Dr. Watson.

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