Why this book?
This is the first novel that introduces Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and is vital for appreciating every novel and story that follows. The Sherlock Holmes stories are the best evocation of Victorian England ever depicted. The shock for me was when I discovered that Doyle sold the rights outright to this novel for just £25, and never received any royalties from it.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet is the literary debut of the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, introduced by Iain Sinclair with notes by Ed Glinert in Penguin Classics.
Convalescing in London after a disastrous experience of war in Afghanistan, Dr John Watson finds himself sharing rooms with his enigmatic new acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes. But their quiet bachelor life at 221B Baker Street is soon interrupted by the grisly discovery of a dead man in a grimy 'ill-omened' house in south-east London, his face contorted by an expression of horror and hatred such as Watson has…