A Study in Scarlet (Paperback)
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'There's the 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'.
Arriving in the wilderness of London and in need of lodgings, Dr John Watson finds himself living at 221b Baker Street with one Sherlock Holmes. When a corpse is discovered in a derelict house Watston, fascinated by his brilliant, eccentric companion, is soon drawn into Holmes' investigations. There's no sign of a struggle, no wounds on the body, yet scrawled in blood across the walls is the word RACHE - revenge. Watson is baffled but for Holmes the game is afoot...
About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on May 22, 1859, one of seven children who survived to adulthood. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, when he started to write short stories. His most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, first appeared in A Study in Scarlet in 1887.
After the death of his first wife, Louise Hawkins, with whom he had a son and a daughter, he went on to marry Jean Leckie in 1907 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died in 1930.
He is unique in simultaneously bringing down the curtain on an era and raising one on another, ushering in a genre of writing that... has never been surpassed. His own life, as footballer... eye surgeon, champion of injustice and investigator into the paranormal, is the stuff of legend. Personally, I would walk a mile in tight boots to read his letters to the milkman—Stephen Fry, The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection