A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

8721893974_1f51cdfb67_zFor Mari’s Sherlock Holmes reading challenge, I’ve read the first two books (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of course) so far.

I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read any Sherlock Holmes books before. I mean, surely I have, at some point, especially given my love of mysteries? But at any rate, I’m reading afresh now.

The first one, A Study in Scarlet, introduces the reader to Sherlock and we see him meet Watson. I did get a bit confused when a new second section started and, instead of the familiar London, we’re abruptly in Utah. It took me a long time to even feel confident the chapters of my ebook hadn’t gotten jumbled with another book somehow! It all became clear in time, though.

The second, The Sign of the Four, also had a somewhat similar detour, but it was much less abrupt and I didn’t get confused nearly as much. :)

Each is less than 200 pages (somewhat significantly less, actually). They read very quickly. Despite the (very rare) French or German quote that aren’t translated (a sign of a true classic, maybe?), the language is flowing and easy, not too stilted or old fashioned.

Reading these, I’m appreciating the adaptations I’ve been loving (both BBC’s Sherlock and Elementary) even more, both as treatments of the books and as their own, individual works.

I just love these stories!

On to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

(I got these ebooks from Project Gutenberg.)

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12 responses to “A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read a Sherlock Holmes book.

  2. I don’t think I have read any of these before either but the characters are so familiar from seeing all the different adaptations over the years.

    I had the same reaction when the story jumped to Utah. I was sure I was reading a completely different book.

    They are a lot of fun!

    • I was almost sure I’d read at least some Holmes, but nothing familiar thus far. Of course, if I did, it was probably back in high school, umpteen years ago now.

  3. I finally picked up one at a book sale. I know I’ve not read Homes yet.

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