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A Study in Scarlet

Arthur Conan Doyle

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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle is the first published story that includes one of the most famous literary detectives of all time. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221B Baker Street. Initially published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual, the book did not attract much attention at all. However, as time went on and Doyle wrote more short stories about the quirky detective, interest grew, and now Sherlock is one of the most recognised characters in English literature.

Narrated by Watson, the book begins with him getting to know his new companion, and details how he finds Holmes strange and quite eccentric, yet vastly knowledgeable in certain fields. Before long, Watson finds himself tagging along when his new friend is called upon to help investigate a murder in an abandoned house. The dead body shows no marks of injury, but scrawled on the wall in blood is the word RACHE. Sherlock's scientific background and deduction skills come into play to solve the mystery.

№ 1 in the Sherlock Holmes series.

№ 11 in Goodreads 100 Best Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Novels.

This book has 83 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1887.

Production notes: This e-book of A Study in Scarlet was published by Global Grey on the 20th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Blackman Street, London' by John Atkinson Grimshaw.

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