A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

London, 1881. The British Empire, ruled from 1837 to 1901 by the mighty Queen Victoria, is in the midst  its Imperial Century (1815–1914) which would add roughly 400 million people (!) to the kingdom, and as a result of this, a war injured, lonely, and poor John H. Watson, M.D., returns home from the war in Afghanistan.

In London, he encounters a certain Sherlock Holmes – a deduction-thumping monster – and after making sure that the two can tolerate living together, the two bachelors share apartment at 221B Baker Street. Before long, the duo also shares adventures, even though the doctor’s role mainly is that of the observer.

A man is found dead in a house in the south of London. The man turns out to be a rich American, but he has not been robbed. The police discover a word – “Rache” – written in blood on one of the walls, and they suspect that a Rachel is involved in the misadventure. But who is this Rachel? How was the man killed? And who did it? The Scotland Yard cannot find any answers, and turn to Mr. Holmes – who brings Dr. Watson with him. Their first case is deeply tragic, and includes an unexpected American detour, but Mr. Holmes is at least as fascinating as the plot and the scenery. The relationship between Dr. Watson and the consulting detective is instantly charming, and equally irresistible in the city and the era – London, 1881.

Intrigued? Read another review of A Study in Scarlet posted on this blog in 2010.

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