Book #9: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.’

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 . . .

Sherlock Holmes is an iconic literary character, a detective with astute observational skills. He is known as the first detective character just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known as the father of the detective novel.

I love mysteries. I love the Victorian era. Let’s face it, I’m a booknerd who loves Sherlock Holmes adaptations. And yet… and here is the part where you gasp… I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story.

Until now.

My problem was that I was never sure where to begin. I wanted to begin where they began in their own world, not necessarily in the world of the readers. So, after years of searching, I also learned that my brain couldn’t quite formulate the world through Doyle’s words. That meant finding an audiobook I liked.

I found Stephen Fry’s and now I’m good to go.

For a first story, A Study in Scarlet does set up the character dynamics well. You see how the dynamic duo, Holmes and Watson, became roommates. You also see just the beginnings of what will become literature’s most well-known detective.

As for the mystery… well, I liked it. I didn’t care for the middle part where we are given a totally new storyline and characters. It diverted from the main narrative and pulled me away from the story. That said, I understand why the story was needed. I just wish there was a different way Doyle did it. It may be common for the time period it was published in, but it doesn’t mean I have to like that part of the book.

In all, I felt the story is a good beginning to a series and I’m sure I’m just going to continue to love it as I continue reading their adventures.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Book Four of 2014: STEAMPUNK HOLMES: LEGACY OF THE NAUTILUS by P.C. Martin

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In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo’s mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case, Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic side-kick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire.
Adapted by P.C. Martin from the short story, ‘The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (c.1912), ‘Steampunk Holmes’ is a convergence of one of Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes stories with Jules Vern ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ (c.1870)

Talk about a fun read. What with SHERLOCK coming back for its third season, it only made sense that I would/should read a Sherlock Holmes inspired tome. STEAMPUNK HOLMES is a series where a classic is mashed up with the Sherlock Holmes characters and shaken in a steam filled engine.

This story is action packed. P.C. Martin is very imaginative and somehow sews the classic TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA wonderfully with Sherlock Holmes. I did have an idea on who the villain was, but it was still an amazing read. Very funny in a lot of parts and completely awesome because of the explosions. Yes, explosions.

What is great about the STEAMPUNK HOLMES series is that not only can you get it in its book form, but it is interactive on the iPad and computer. I happen to have the audio which features actors doing the voices of the various characters. It made the story feel even more alive.

It’s a great read for someone who likes anything Steampunk or Sherlock Holmes. It’s also a great read for the action driven reader. If you do get it in audio, it’s great for when you’re cleaning. That’s what I did.

I can’t wait for the second book which is a FRANKENSTEIN mash up. Oooo, goodie!

Steampunk Sherlock Holmes

It had came to my attention that a new interactive book is in the works right now. It’s about Sherlock Holmes and incorporates other Victorian literature and steampunk technology. I am a BIG fan of this and decided to back the project via kickstarter. Below is the site about the project: SHERLOCK HOLMES: LEGACY OF THE NAUTILUS. Honestly, who doesn’t like Sherlock Holmes, steampunk, and the Nautilus?