Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Dusty Pages Review: A Study in Scarlet
From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.
In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson's first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.
The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .
I've always wanted to read a Sherlock mystery and where better to start than the very first one. I was immediately captured by the story and had to remind myself that it was in fact fiction and not history. The first person narrative draws you in, like you are reading a rather elaborately detail journal - that of Doctor Watson.
Holmes is just as acutely intelligent as I always new he would be but there are many portrayals of him that make him seem just a tad friendlier then he does in the text. At one point he says he will only go to take a look at the crime scene so he can laugh as the Scotland yard detectives bumble about trying to solve it. In this I see Cumberbatch's version of him is more in-tune with the text. The story was in two parts, the first Watson's account of Holmes as he gathers clues and captures the culprit and then a second half where we learn the back story behind the murders and Holmes explaining what his clues were and how he put it all together. I wasn't bored for a second. Although I don't remember a single reference to him owning a deer stalker hat.
Elementary dear Watson, this gets....