“A Study in Scarlet” is the first introduction that the world got to the character of Sherlock Holmes, to me, the best detective in the history of literature created by Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s in this book, where the now famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson meet, it’s in this book where we see the first of their many adventures together, it’s in this book where the legendary duo is born.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote several novels and short stories with Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as the protagonists. It is not necessarily an obligation to read these stories in the order in which they were published since they are self-conclusive, but: what better way to enter this wonderful world of mysteries and crimes than starting with the first one?
The narrator is Dr. John Watson, and the fact that the author chose this character as the voice of these stories and the way in which he narrates everything that happens to both is brilliant to me. The fact that the story is narrated by the person closest to Sherlock Holmes makes you feel more involved with the story because, you are actually getting to know Sherlock at the same time as Watson is. So you get excited or suprised, same as he is, and that is an amazing feeling.
The mystery unfolds in a way that keeps the reader intrigued. I was fascinated by the deductions of Sherlock Holmes, he is a detective who sees what others ignore and discovers the truth based on his observations of “the obvious”, and because of that, the plot becomes more interesting, because as a readerm you are eagerly waiting for Holmes to explain what is going on.
The story suddenly divides in two, since in the middle of the book a new story with the antecedents of the crime begins. While it was a story that I also enjoyed, I must confess that it seemed a little long to me … I began to miss the detective and his partner and I was dying for the story to end so I could return to Baker Street.
I definitely plan on reading a lot more from Arthur Conan Doyle and his detective. I definitely need more from Sherlock Holmes!