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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the first Sherlock Holmes mystery. The story starts with Watson looking for a roommate after finishing medical school.

The first mystery regards a body found in a derelict house with the word RACHE in blood on the wall beside the body. Holmes decides to solve the case without getting credit. Holmes concocts an apparent crazy scheme involving a lost wedding ring. Shortly thereafter the police claim that they have found the murderer. However, there is another murder proving that the police has failed. Holmes reveals the murderer to have been a cab drive. No it didn’t make any sense.

The second part of the story deals with the Mormon community. Basically you get the back story on the cab driver. The cab driver held the Mormons responsible for the death of his love so he takes revenge. This particular story violates the first rule of detective novels namely that the writer must provide enough clues so that the reader can figure out “who done it” if, of course, they are extraordinarily clever. I have to tell you this wasn’t the first Holmes story I read. If it were, I probably wouldn’t have read any more of them. This story definitely wasn’t fun to try to figure out. The rest of the short stories are much better.

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The backstory was interesting, I think the author could have done a much better job revealing the tidbits in the story progressively. It is my understanding the the Mormons were in a rage over this story. In truth I don’t think this story has much historical basis behind it. But, it is fiction so….


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