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A Study In Scarlet
A Study In Scarlet: Sherlock Holmes Collections | A. Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature. Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "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." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.) The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of the magazine in which the story first appeared, Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, are known to exist now and they have considerable value. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by The Sign of the Four, published in 1890. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.
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I think that this story focused more in the introduction of each characters, their personalities, background, and to be familiar with Holmes‘ methodology than the mystery per se. Maybe that‘s why the conclusion of the mystery was like something rehearsed not spontaneous, like telling us, “this is the way Holmes will resolve his cases”🤷🏽‍♀️I still enjoyed it. 3.5/3.75 ⭐️

dabbe I agree. It does prepare us well for the relationship between Watson & Holmes and the methodology of how Holmes will solve most of his cases. 🤩 2w
DieAReader 🥳Awesome!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2w
Cuilin Agree, it‘s sets up the rest of the canon for us. 😊 2w
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Gissy
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🩺 1mo
dabbe #greatminds 🤩😍😃 1mo
Eggs Popular choice 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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CSeydel Great book! 3mo
dabbe @CSeydel 🩶🖤🩶 P.S. Notice I put your name on the photo. You deserve credit for your hard work, m'dear! 🤩 3mo
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Thanks for the tag, Lisa and @The_Penniless_Author! 🤩
1. A STUDY IN SCARLET, not because it's my favorite Holmes story (it isn't) but because this is the month that I began my revisit of the SH canon, and this time it's with some stupendous Sherlockians! #NoPlaceLikeHolmes
2. I'm digging Nancy Drew and Sherlock. #serieslove2024 #NancyDrewBR

Play? @Cuilin @TheLudicReader @PageShifter 🖤🩶🖤

TheSpineView You're welcome and thanks for playing! 3mo
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A soft pick. I enjoyed, but didn't love, this one. This was my first time reading a Sherlock Holmes book, and it was super fun to see how he and Watson met, get Watson's backstory, and see how things unwound. I'm really looking forward to continuing through the series.

Thanks for hosting @dabbe @Cuilin - I've been meaning to read these books for years, so this was a great nudge!!

Gissy Pretty edition😍 3mo
dabbe IMHO, SCARLET is not his best. Even Doyle doesn't pick it as one of his favorites. More great ones are coming! 🤩😍🤗 3mo
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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes @Cuilin
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Hello, Sherlockians~
If interested, here's a fun little puzzle for you! We'll be doing these throughout the reading of the canon, and some will even be for prizes, so stay tuned and have fun! 🤩

The link to the puzzle is below:
https://bit.ly/3UifGS3

CrystalE02 Can you tag me for the #noplacelikeholmes I am enjoying the discussion and fellow Sherlockians. 3mo
Read4life I enjoyed the puzzle. Thanks @dabbe 💙 3mo
dabbe Absolutely! We‘ll add you to the list and are glad to have you aboard! 🤩 3mo
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IndoorDame Fun! That was tough (or else I‘m super brain dead today which is always possible 😆💙) 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame Glad you liked it! I'm braindead, too, so you're not alone! I kept screwing up on what letters to include or not include in the message at the bottom! 🤪 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I finally came back to this link to try the puzzle. Fun! Thank you for sharing it. 2mo
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#BookReport

I‘m very happy about my reading this week.

I finished several books:
📚 A Study in Scarlet
📚 The Running Grave
📚 Skogen (The Forest)

After finally finishing the chunkster that is RG I wanted to read something shorter and faster so I read:
📚 The Heartstopper volume 5
📚 Oxygen Mask

This means that for the first time in a long while, I‘m currently only reading one book and that is Beyond Black

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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
#SherlockianDiscussion
QUESTION #1

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle I really liked the setup of the first part. It was good to hear the back story of how Watson met Holmes. The second half was a struggle - by the end, I understood why we had to know the beginning part of part two, but it took me awhile to get to that point. 3mo
Aimeesue The meeting was neat; it‘s been so long since I‘ve read this one, I‘d forgotten how they got together. I‘d also forgotten he worked in a chem lab, experimenting all over the place. 3mo
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Read4life It was great going back to the beginning. 3mo
IndoorDame I loved that this opened with Watson‘s whole backstory before we even meet Sherlock. And I enjoyed the first glimpses into Sherlock‘s persona and his relationship with Watson starting to build. 3mo
CatLass007 This is the first Holmes I‘ve ever read and I don‘t know why it took me so long to get here. I begin to understand why Holmes and Watson are so beloved to readers. 3mo
aroyse It‘s been years since I‘ve read a Holmes! I love that Watson isn‘t sure at first what to make of Holmes and even thinks he‘s a little full of himself. And Holmes‘ army of street boys - love them!! They are the eyes and ears of the streets. 3mo
kelli7990 I tried reading Sherlock Holmes a long time ago as an ebook and I didn‘t like it that way so I decided to listen to it on audio instead. I wasn‘t sure if I was going to like it at first but I decided to keep going with the story and I liked it. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I've never read any of the Holmes stories before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I ended up enjoying it (with some reservations). It was a fun, engaging read. Ironically, it was the mystery that I found to be a little lacking haha 3mo
AnneCecilie This was the first Sherlock I ever read, but I have had intentions to ever since I bought The Complete Sherlock Holmes back in 2017. I loved reading about how they met, it reminded me very much of the BBC production. I felt completely lost during the first half of the second part, even if it did make sense in the end. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked the beginning..introduction of Dr Watson, and how he got to meet Holmes. 3mo
Pageturner1 i liked this. enjoyed learning about the friendship. 3mo
eeclayton For me this was a re-read. I enjoyed the first part more than the second, but the switch wasn't as jarring as the first time around. @TheAromaofBooks I too felt that the character studies were way more entertaining than the mystery! 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I read this nine years ago, I've seen the Sherlock episode, and I listened to the audiobook for this reread. I really enjoyed it. Part two seems to come out of nowhere, but I appreciate the unique way Doyle had the mystery unfold. 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle Yeah, the 2nd part could probably have read as its own novel. Even the writing style and narrator were quite different and took some getting used to. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @Aimeesue Or that he'd hit corpses to see how the blood congealed. 😳 3mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury 🤗 3mo
dabbe @Read4life 🤗 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame I loved how they instantly shared their bad traits and seemed to have instant karma. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 Oh how they will grow on you the more we read! 🤗 3mo
dabbe @aroyse I love the list he makes of Holmes re: his good and bad traits. I also forgot that Holmes knows NOTHING about literature but EVERYTHING about sensational literature! 🤗 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 #yahooyou! IMHO this is not the best of the stories/novels. So, hang in there because some really good ones are coming up! 🤗 3mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks It was pretty much a straight revenge story and arguably not his best. Greater stories are coming! 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie The 2nd part was such a turn from the 1st. It almost read like a history book, didn't it? 🤗 3mo
dabbe @eeclayton Agreed. That's what makes these characters so beloved; we will really get to know them as the canon unfolds. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement It's almost like each part were completely separate rivers that come together in the ocean at the end. 🤗 3mo
CatLass007 @dabbe Rivers coming to the ocean. I like that. It‘s very poetic. 3mo
CrystalE02 I loved the book!!! I felt like the first part was interesting and a great read, I did struggle with second part. I did enjoy the book and the characters. I enjoyed reading Sherlock's interaction with the cases and the other characters. 3mo
AllDebooks It's the first time I've read this one. I absolutely loved it, especially the second half. 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 🤩🤗😍 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 It only gets better from here! 🤩 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks That's great to hear! Do you enjoy historical fiction--because that's how the 2nd part unfolded for me. 🤗 3mo
mom2bugnbee I've read them before, but it's been some time, and since then I've become a HUGE fan of the Cumberbatch/Freeman BBC series. I loved comparing the two! 3mo
dabbe @mom2bugnbee I adore that series! So creative and, well, there's Benedict! 🤩 3mo
Mollyanna I am way behind on our readings and just finished this book a week or so ago. I really enjoyed it and loved seeing how Dr. Watson and Holmes originally connected. 1mo
dabbe @Mollyanna Absolutely no worries! Read when you can! It is fun to see how they originally met and basically sized each other up to see if they were fit to be roommates. The best roommate pairing in literature (IMHO). 🤩 1mo
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QUESTION #2

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle Maybe that‘s why I struggled with the second part - the change in narrator. I think, overall, it made sense to divide the two sections of the story. I just struggled with the execution of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
AnnR This was the second time I've read A Study In Scarlett. During the prior read, I was completely lost with part 2. (Initially, I thought there was some type of mistake in my kindle version.) Ultimately, I found the transition jarring and actually wish Doyle had rewritten it at some point. (Sorry, probably an unpopular answer.) The backstory served a purpose but I didn't like it. 3mo
Aimeesue The transition could have been smoother maybe, but I‘m not sure how, without making it a far longer book. I found the second part interesting, though - my mother is now a Mormon, and I just don‘t understand some parts of that religion at all. (edited) 3mo
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Read4life @AnnR I had completely blocked part 2 from my memory of reading this. It may be an unpopular answer but I agree with you. 3mo
IndoorDame This was my first time reading this one, and I was completely shocked by the turn it took in part 2. But I was kinda pleased by that. Stories rarely surprise me that thoroughly and tie it all together effectively in the end. 3mo
CatLass007 @IndoorDame I agree with you. The difference between “civilized” London and the American Wild West is a jarring comparison. But I believe it is an effective way of telling this story. I enjoyed the mystery and I find the second part heartbreaking. A murderer‘s motivation is, in this case, easy to empathize with. 3mo
kelli7990 I didn‘t like Part 2 that much. I liked Part 1 better. I think breaking it up into a second part worked because the way Part 2 was written is completely different than Part 1. I wasn‘t expecting to learn about the history of the Mormon Church. I‘m disappointed because I was thinking that it was going to be more of a murder mystery kind of like Part 1 was but it wasn‘t. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I really could have used some kind of transition or notice that we were switching gears. I even flipped ahead to make sure we ended up back in London at some point because I thought there was some kind of misprint in my book, the switch was so jarring. It did make sense to divide the story in that way, but I think it would read better with notification that we were delving into backstory lol 3mo
AnneCecilie I felt completely lost at the beginning of the second part, and wondered what it did there and was a little sorry that I didn‘t get an explanation to how Sherlock solved. It comes nicely together in the end. But feeling lost for such a long time during a relatively short book, is never fun. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm The first time I read the book, I was put off by part 2. This is my second time reading, I understand why the backstory is necessary but I feel it need not be so in-depth. Also, like the others said, the transition is jarring. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I adore Watson. I've read a few Sherlock books and just love these characters. I also love me a now-it-all narrator! I enjoyed my reread of this mystery. No complaints. 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle Books with completely different narrators and even writing styles are challenging for me. It's like I'll get the hang of one of them, and then when it goes to another, I'm like 😳? Books with many different narrators drive me bonkers! 😂 3mo
dabbe @AnnR No need to ever be sorry! All viewpoints are valid! I agree that the switch was jarring--just like the craggy rocks in Utah! 😂 3mo
dabbe @Aimeesue That's interesting re: your mother. Did she know someone who was Mormon? I found it interesting, too, but the first time I ever read it, I was like 😳? 😂 3mo
dabbe @Read4life Your brain was trying to protect you from that part! 😂 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame Especially when even the writing style was so different; the 2nd part read like a history book for me. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 I rooted for Jefferson Hope and “hoped“ he'd get his revenge. I also liked that he didn't have to suffer in jail that long. His and Lucy's story was indeed a heartbreaker. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 It was like a history lesson, wasn't it? Lots of good mysteries lie ahead! 😃 3mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks It's weird. I kind of liked the jarring because it reflected the harsh landscape of the wild and untamed west. You had to hang in there, though, for it to slowly start to make sense. Quite a way to start the FIRST Holmes story ever, isn't it? 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie You make an excellent point. You do kind of hang there for a while, thinking “What on earth is going on?“ As a reader, I like to know EVERYTHING as I'm reading, not necessarily at the very end. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @erzascarletbookgasm I've often wondered if Doyle wanted to impress us with his so-called learning of the wild west. He did want to write nonfiction and didn't like that Sherlock ended up being the writing he is remembered most for (besides that fairy thing). 🤗 3mo
CatLass007 @dabbe Fairy thing? 3mo
CrystalE02 I think that is why I enjoyed the first part better than the second part. I enjoyed Watson's narrative better than the 3rd person narrative. 3mo
AllDebooks I was gripped by the second half more. The back story set in the wilderness of America added extra weight to the desolation to Lucy and Jefferson's plight. 3mo
CatLass007 @AllDebooks Thank you. I have heard about this hoax before but I didn‘t remember or didn‘t know that Conan Doyle was involved. 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 The 1st part was so much more personal, wasn't it? Watson even talks about his life and hardships, too. I feel like he's openly honest as well. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks Excellent choice of word: “weight“. You can almost feel the high crags looming over them when they almost died of starvation and lack of water. 3mo
CatLass007 @dabbe Thank you! 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 🤩😍😃 3mo
aroyse Omigosh! Just like AnnR - I thought that my edition had a printing error 😂. I think Doyle‘s audiences might have been more appreciative of part 2 as the descriptions of the “Wild West” would have been more exciting for them. And the Mormon religion would have been completely foreign to more readers - I wonder how many thought he made up the whole religion…. 3mo
dabbe @aroyse I bet quite a few may have thought it was made up. It might even have seemed like a fantasy to them at the time. 3mo
Mollyanna I definitely enjoyed Part One more than Part Two. I felt Part two was disjointed and didn‘t fit with part one. Plus as others have said, Dr. Watson is the far superior narrator. His impressions, opinions and reactions definitely add to the story. 1mo
dabbe @Mollyanna It's always interesting when a person realizes that it's through Watson's eyes that we hear the tales. Before I read these, I always thought it was Sherlock. Most of us agreed that Doyle went a bit too far in Part 2; he seems to get his writing to be more concise in the short stories. 🤩 1mo
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QUESTION #3

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle It‘s always jarring to see thoughts that are less politically correct by today‘s standards. I recently watched Lucy Worsley‘s Agatha Christie program on PBS, and she interviewed a professor who looks at biases in Christie‘s books. The professor stated poignantly that you can still appreciate the author and their talent but also acknowledge that they come with their own biases and their contemporary thoughts - she said it way better than I just did 3mo
AnnR I read this article in the Smithsonian Magazine, which tried to explain how the English Victorians were fascinated by the Mormons and why Doyle likely chose to include that subject his story. After viewing things in that context, I guess the strange choice by Doyle makes a little more sense.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-arthur-conan-doyle-fascinated-...
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Aimeesue Having been exposed to a lot of Mormon history, Doyle wasn‘t that far off in many respects, especially in the early days of their settling in Utah. They‘d been run out of a lot of places, and did not get on well with, well, a lot of neighbors. They disguised themselves as Native Americans and murdered more than 100 people in a wagon train who were just passing through. The West really was wild, and the Mormons were all up in it. (edited) 3mo
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5feet.of.fury @AnnR thank you for sharing that, I was a bit perplexed 3mo
IndoorDame @Aimeesue I thought the same thing. The early Mormon church had a lot of abuses that aren‘t talked about that much anymore. But in some respects they were very different from modern LDS. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely do think the early Mormons were up to a lot of sketchy stuff, so while I'm sure he did use some creative license, I also think they were prime candidates for the setting of a kind of wild story haha As others have said, I also think it's possible to read and appreciate a story while understanding their biases - which holds just as true for modern authors as it does ones from the past. 3mo
AnneCecilie I don‘t know enough about Mormons to have any idea about how they were portrayed. 3mo
kelli7990 @AnneCecilie Same here 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle You stated it brilliantly! That's why as a teacher and reader, I abhor the banning of books! And I abhor changing the words to make them nicer or most palatable. For ex., when I taught HUCK FINN, the n-word is used over 250 times for a reason. The reason is what the kids need to read and discuss and understand about our country at that time. BTW, do you know the original title of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Christie? 🤩 3mo
dabbe @AnnR Interesting article! Thanks for sharing. Preconceived notions can definitely muddy the waters, can't they? Those Victorians! 😃 3mo
dabbe @Aimeesue I wish I was more surprised by how cultish they became. I mean, they were “run out of a lot of places“ as you eloquently stated, so I would have expected them to be more open to other religions and viewpoints. But they weren't ... just like the Puritans who were persecuted and came over here, hoping to be the “beacon on the hill“ (Emerson Baker) for all to see, but then became persecutors themselves. 🤗 3mo
Librarybelle @dabbe Yes! Not only that, but the original US title. You‘re so right - the books are a teachable moment. 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame These thoughts also bring up in my mind how many religions today are abusive and/or cultish. You'd think humans would have learned how to be more loving and open, especially in a so-called loving religion. 3mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks Couldn't have said that any better than you did. 🤩 3mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie I know more about modern Mormonism, having read UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, but not being part of the religion means none of us will ever truly know unless we join. It seems as if Doyle focused on mostly the bad aspects of the religion from his island across the pond because it fitted his plot for the evil Debber and Stangerson. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 🤩 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle The US title: also a not-so-nice name, huh? 😃 3mo
IndoorDame @dabbe so true! And so sad! I have yet to learn about any religion today mainstream or otherwise, that doesn‘t have deeply abusive aspects or sects. Makes me think of the old saying about power corrupting. I know it was never about religion, but we hand over a lot of mental/financial/behavioral control to those institutions… 3mo
AllDebooks I agree with all of the above points, particularly on bias. I think all books/art,etc, should be viewed from the time period in which it was created. Context is everything. A knee-jerk reaction to something unsavoury or offensive, is not appropriate. Question it, read around it and educate yourself. Doing this can give a completely different viewpoint. 3mo
AllDebooks Or at least an understanding as to why certain words and statements are used. As for religion, I know very little of Mormon history, so there's a little research project for me. 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame ... without a second thought. (I had to finish the ... that you ended with). People can be so reasonable when it comes to pretty much everything--except religion. And I agree. I can't even think of one war or one abuse towards another human being without religion being involved in some way. 😢 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks And hopefully create tolerance--which is why I think a lot of authors choose to rip off the bandaids and force us to look at ourselves and how we treat one another. 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks I found UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN to be enlightening, but it's more concerned with one tragic incident in modern Mormonism. 3mo
mom2bugnbee @dabbe Andrew Garfield was astonishing in the mini-series. Highly recommend if you haven't seen it. 3mo
dabbe @mom2bugnbee I haven't seen it! It's on the TBW list! (to be watched! 😂) 3mo
aroyse I love the Baker street irregulars! For all of Holmes‘ and Watson‘s education, studies, and books smarts, they can‘t hang unnoticed in dark places and collect information. It takes all sorts to get the full picture. 3mo
dabbe @aroyse Ain't that the truth? The people one might most look down upon can be the “diamond in the rough.“ In fact, they're so beloved, that the #1 hardest “club“ to get into is called ... you guessed it! 🤩 I'm using Wikipedia this time, but I promise I won't use it for my essay, Ms. Royse! 😂🤗🤩
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baker_Street_Irregulars
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Mollyanna I agree with all the above, knowing the author, what the author may have been biased about and understating it is a way to move forward. Don‘t ban or change their works to make it more palatable, then we learn nothing. As the saying goes, those who don‘t study history are bound to repeat it. I too love the Baker Street Irregulars and their resourcefulness. 1mo
dabbe What an excellent reminder and so well written by you: “Don't ban or change their works to make it more palatable; then, we learn nothing.“ May I borrow this quote to share with my school district? 🤩😍😃 1mo
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QUESTION #4

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle Holmes is such an unusual character…there‘s something about his snarkiness and dare I say snobbishness that also makes him endearing. I tend to gravitate towards the flawed characters in books. While Holmes is not necessarily flawed, he has his quirks. 3mo
CatLass007 It‘s probably a little of both. We like Watson and we like the portrait of Holmes that Watson paints. 3mo
AnnR We probably find Holmes interesting because he is eccentric and (in some respects) very intelligent. We put up with Holmes because Watson does. Well, Watson is his champion and probably paints a more endearing portrait of Holmes than he deserves. 3mo
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5feet.of.fury The way they play off eachother is the key to success, different people will relate to 1 or the other, the prickly cactus who sows chaos or the rational friend who is secretly doing most of the work. Unlikely Animal Friends. 3mo
Aimeesue I‘m just fascinated with the way his mind works, tbh 😋 3mo
Read4life I love Holmes‘ snark, intelligence & how he and Watson play off each other. 3mo
IndoorDame Love that Holmes is quirky and a little aloof! But I do think he gets more endearing with Watson around as his foil. 3mo
kelli7990 I think Holmes & Watson are very interesting. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I think they make a good balance, but I have a hunch that Sherlock would really annoy me in real life 😂 3mo
AnneCecilie I loved the list that Watson gave us about what Sherlock what good at and not, and it emphasized that he‘s good at what he has an interest in. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Probably Watson is the only person who can put up with Holmes 😂 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I like Sherlock's cocky confidence, especially since he can back it all up. I adore Watson, he is an honest, kind man with a healthy ego. Bless him that he can live with Holmes. As much as I like Sherlock, he would drive me insane as a flatmate. 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle I like to think of him as gloriously flawed. 🤩 And he is such a neophyte when it comes to relating to people that you just want to hug him and show him how it's done. 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 I agree. Because Watson likes him, we like him. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AnnR Agree 💯. 3mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury Interesting idea. 🤩 How do you think Holmes sows chaos? 3mo
dabbe @Aimeesue My favorite parts of the stories are usually when he's able to size up someone just by looking at them. And then when he explains how, it's just a wonder to behold! 🤩 3mo
dabbe @Read4life It is a sight to behold, isn't it? 🤩 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame That's what will be so fun rereading this canon ... to see how Holmes and Watson change each other. 🤩 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 Agree 💯. 3mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks It would take a truly unique character to put up with him. Watson has his baggage, too; that's why I love how perfect they are for each other. #dareievensaybromance 🤩 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie And isn't that true of all of us? Why are we such good readers? Because we're interested in reading of course! Every human has a passion for something they're good at, right? 🤩 3mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement Me, too! All of his chemistry equipment everywhere, tobacco in his Persian slipper, knives holding his notes on the wall ... 😂 3mo
CrystalE02 I think we find Holmes interesting is because Watson makes him that way but also Holmes interesting ways of solving the crimes. 3mo
AllDebooks I really like Holmes, he fascinates me. Although, I don't think he would be half the character he is, without Watson to even him out. 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 Now there's a good question for the future stories: does Watson “talk up“ Holmes, or is he realistically true? I'm going to hold that thought in my head as we read further. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks They both definitely help neutralize the other, don't they? 🤩 3mo
mom2bugnbee Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock describes himself as "a high-functioning sociopath". That is absolutely the perfect description of his character. 3mo
dabbe @mom2bugnbee For the character Dr. Gregory House as well (I just discovered this series; I'm always WAY behind everyone else). He is the EPITOME of Sherlock! 😍 3mo
mom2bugnbee @dabbe I've never watched House, either! 3mo
dabbe @mom2bugnbee It's addictive! Just like Holmes is! 🤩 3mo
Mollyanna House is definitely a modern day Holmes! With Wilson as his Dr. Watson.😏. I love the character of Holmes, eccentricities and everything. He is a complex character that invites speculation as to his motivations and actions. I think that‘s what makes him so intriguing. Is this his calling or is it motivation something more? Dr. Watson is the everyman and through him we see the human side of Holmes. 1mo
dabbe @Mollyanna Couldn't agree more. BTW, I just started watching HOUSE and absolutely LOVE it! 🤩😃😍 1mo
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QUESTION #5

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle It was so like Holmes! 😂 But, I think Watson needs someone like Holmes to heal. 3mo
CatLass007 This bromance started with a “meet cute.” Yes Watson needs someone like Holmes in his life. But Holmes also needs Watson to act as a buffer between him and the world. 3mo
Aimeesue Blood tests and a bar. Seems fitting. 3mo
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Read4life @CatLass007 well said! 3mo
IndoorDame It was completely charming how determined they both were to like one another when it was clear neither was naturally gregarious. 3mo
CatLass007 @Read4life Thank you. 3mo
AnneCecilie I loved how they met, and how they are both trying to make their best to make their living arrangement work. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement @CatLass007 LOL Yes! They make a great bromance and a marvelous team. 3mo
CatLass007 @CogsOfEncouragement @Read4life I was just thinking. Are friendships between men so rare that we use this silly nickname? I‘ll own that I‘m the one who used the word in this context. But a day later I‘m wondering if I need to rethink my respect, or lack thereof, for friendships between men. 3mo
kelli7990 I think they work really well together. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement @CatLass007 I think it is the closeness of the friendship. It is the equivalent of BFF, right? My husband has friends, of course. There is one friendship he, the kids and I all refer to as his bromance from time to time though. The other guy's wife agrees. They are just really close and ride bikes together most weekends, etc. 3mo
CatLass007 @CogsOfEncouragement Saying it‘s the same as a woman having a BFF makes sense. I had been thinking that we have a silly nickname for male friendships but no silly nickname for female friendships. But we do! Maybe I just don‘t use the term because it‘s a generational thing. 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle I'm glad you said that. In rereading this, I forgot just how traumatic the war was for Watson, not only the physical pain, but he definitely has PTSD. Holmes gets Watson's mind off of his troubles by involving him in cases. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 Amen! Watson humanizes Holmes. 🤩 3mo
dabbe @Aimeesue 😂 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame I love how they instantly shared what they perceived were their bad flaws, too! 😂 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie And their retorts with one another when they get on each other's nerves! 🤩 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 I didn't take it that you were showing a lack of respect. And there are quite a few literary critics out there who believe that there was more of a friendship between these two. There are just as many who think there wasn't. Then I wonder if that really even matters. What matters most to me anyway is that they are absolute best friends, and bromance is a cute/silly way perhaps to show that. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 Agree! 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement Could BAE be the term, too? Or is that related only to romantic relationships? I think it means Before Anyone Else, so that would be like a BFF, too, right? Oy--these terms! 😂 3mo
CrystalE02 I think they both needed each other. It is such a Holmes thing for him to do what he did. Watson also needed this in order to heal. I am hoping to continue with more of the books soon 3mo
AllDebooks H & W met at an opportune time for both of them, when they were both vulnerable. It's a very serendipitous friendship 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 Next up is THE SIGN OF FOUR. Get reading! 😂🤗😍 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks And a symbiotic one, too. 😍 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement @dabbe BAE is not my generation‘s term, but I know from my kids that it used for romantic, dating relationships. lol 😄 3mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement Not from my era either. Good to know it's for romance! 😍 3mo
Mollyanna It‘s kismet for both of them… The universe gave them both what they needed at the time. 1mo
dabbe @Mollyanna Absolute karma! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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#SherlockianDiscussion
QUESTION #6

Hello, Sherlockians~
Time for a little discussion about A STUDY IN SCARLET. I‘m not hiding the questions, so if you don‘t want to see them yet, don‘t look! 😃 There are 6 questions; respond whenever you wish! 🤩

Librarybelle As someone who rarely figures out the murderer in a book, despite the clues being presented, I did not feel cheated. Conan Doyle‘s development of Holmes‘ character is what I think makes readers keep coming back. It‘s such a character study, diving deep into thoughts and perceptions. 3mo
CatLass007 I agree with @Librarybelle. But not just about the character study of Holmes. In any genre, if the characters are well developed the reader will forgive a great deal. 3mo
5feet.of.fury I like when things are breadcrumbed throughout the story, this one felt very far removed, as we had to leave the main characters & the whole country. 3mo
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IndoorDame @Librarybelle I agree on both counts. I rarely try to solve the puzzles, (and never succeed when I do try) so that aspect doesn‘t bother me, and I think that‘s only a small part of what we‘re drawn to in these stories. 3mo
PageShifter I think it's pecualiar characters? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks While I didn't mind that aspect, I did feel like in the end Holmes was basically like “I telegraphed Ohio and they told me that the dead guy had a murderous stalker“ so... it also didn't feel like he had to make any big deductive jumps?? That felt rather anticlimactic to me 😂 3mo
AnneCecilie I so agree with you @Librarybelle I never manage to guess either, so I don‘t think it matters how many red herrings are laid out through the story. With no clues, I don‘t need to feel stupid for not getting it 😊 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I do not mind letting Holmes reveal the whole story. I just enjoy the ride, and I find Holmes eccentricity entertaining. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I started reading Holmes about ten years ago. I remember being a little disappointed at not even having a chance to try to solve it. I started with one of the short story collections. I quickly enjoyed these for what they are though, and they are not Encyclopedia Brown books. lol 3mo
kelli7990 When I read this story, I was trying to see if I could solve it but then I realized that I can‘t because of the way the story was written. I still enjoyed this story even though I‘m used to trying to solve a murder mystery while I‘m reading a book. This was a different type of murder mystery. 3mo
dabbe @Librarybelle Well said. 👏 I rarely solve any either--even if given ALL of the clues! I guess that's what makes us the couch potatoes living vicariously through our detective heroes! 😂 3mo
dabbe @CatLass007 Especially because we're on that character's side 💯. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury You make a truly valid point. I can't recall another story in the canon that does this, so we'll be with our bros much more consistently in the next stories! 🤩 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame We just love our detectives, don't we? That's the success of every detective series ever, right? 🤩 3mo
dabbe @PageShifter Which character do you think is more peculiar, Holmes or Watson? 🤗 3mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks That's another reason I love this canon so much. Sometimes Holmes does seem to just phone it in, some crimes he doesn't solve, some he lets the bad guy go free ... you never know what he's going to do in each story. 🤩 3mo
dabbe @AnneCecilie Love this! What I don't know won't hurt me, and I won't feel like a total nitwit in the process! 😂 3mo
dabbe @erzascarletbookgasm That's an excellent way of putting it--to just enjoy the ride. And every ride will be a wee bit different, which is what entertains us. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement You make me think of an interesting point. I can't really even think of one detective story where we are given every clue like the detective. Usually we do have the big ending where all is revealed and we can then feel like “Wow! You make is sound so easy, Holmes!“ ... which is why he tells Watson he doesn't like to share his ways because then everyone will think it's so boring and easy when it really isn't. 🤗 3mo
dabbe @kelli7990 This one is quite a bit different. I look forward to reading what you think when we read a more “normal“ one. 😃 3mo
CrystalE02 Nope!! I didn't feel cheated about not knowing the clues first. I found it entertaining to learn the clues as the story progressed. 3mo
AllDebooks Hmmmm 🤔 I've never really pondered that before. I just go with the flow of the story. I would, therefore, say I don't mind not having the clues up front. It lends to a more absorbing story because you're not distracted by trying to work it out. 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 I don't think I have ever solved one detective story along with the detective; I just like to cruise along for the ride and have it explained to me at the end. 🤩 3mo
dabbe @AllDebooks I didn't think of that as a reason, but you're absolutely right. Then we can go along and watch, observe, and maybe even learn from good ol' Sherlock. 3mo
PageShifter Holmes feels more peculiar, and Watson is trying to help communication between Sherlock and people :D 3mo
dabbe @PageShifter Excellent point. I often wonder how well Sherlock would connect with anyone without Watson. 🤗 3mo
Mollyanna I think Sherlock Holmes‘s stories have stood the test of time because they aren‘t viewed as just detective fiction, but rather the story of humans. It is about observation of facts and evidence for the criminal act, but also the motivations of those that committed the act making it a sociological study. It is also about the characters. We see Holmes and Watson grow and evolve as they move through each case. (edited) 1mo
dabbe How true! I think it's especially imperative that Holmes changes for us the readers. He's so arrogant and prickly at the beginning, but Watson softens him somewhat. And since Watson loves Sherlock, so do we--with all of his idiosyncrasies. 1mo
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A soft pick, because I was all levels confused by the second half - I even double checked to make sure my e-copy did not somehow morph into a different book!

I greatly appreciated Watson‘s intro of Holmes and watching Conan Doyle unveil Holmes‘ genius for deduction.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the books and stories! #NoPlaceLikeHolmes

Cuilin Yeah, I think we‘re all a little confused by the second part. 3mo
5feet.of.fury 😂 I understand completely 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩😂😃 3mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury 🤩😂😃 3mo
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A soft pick

I loved the beginning of how Sherlock and Watson met. The. in the beginning of the second part, the book lost me a little bit. I had no idea what was going on, and that‘s never fun. But the solution to the murder was great

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
@Cuilin @dabbe

dabbe Can't wait to chat about it on Saturday! 💜🩶💜 3mo
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Who can resist reading the original meet-cute between Holmes and Watson, probably the most famous detective duo in history? I sure couldn't and reread this for #NoPlaceLikeHolmes. Though not one of Doyle's most popular novels or stories, this one's famous for being the FIRST. Period. Some criticism is given for how Doyle portrays the Mormons in part 2 (with some even thinking that that part could/should have been eliminated); however, it ⬇️

dabbe remains one of the most classic revenge stories in detective fiction. Appearing in Beeton's 1887 Christmas Annual and noted as being “the most expensive magazine in the world“ by magazine experts, an original copy sold for $156,000 at Sotheby's in 2007. For me, it's always thrilling to revisit the one that started it all. #sherlocked 3mo
AnnCrystal 🤩Wow! That's amazing! 3mo
dabbe @AnnCrystal 🤩😍😃 3mo
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A reread for #NoPlaceLikeHolmes .
This first novel recounts the initial meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, which I liked. Just as in the first reading, I enjoyed it, although I think the backstory need not be so in-depth. I read from an illustrated copy, artwork by George Hutchinson.

Cuilin Love the illustration 3mo
dabbe Very Sidney-Paget like! 💜🤍💜 3mo
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Enjoyed this the first time in 2015.
Did a reread via audiobook for the #NoPlaceLikeHolmes BR with @dabbe @cuilin this month. Definitely long enough in between to appreciate it again.

dabbe Can‘t wait to discuss! 💜🩶💜 3mo
Cuilin 👍🕵️‍♂️ 3mo
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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
#ScarletInfographic

Hello, Sherlockians!
Above is an infographic that I created as an introduction to A STUDY IN SCARLET. Some sensitivity issues exist (those pesky Victorians!) that @Cuilin and I wanted you to be aware of--plus, there are just some interesting facts that will hopefully get you excited to read! Our discussion will begin on 1/27.

If anyone else wants to join, tag us! All are welcome!

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#BookReport

I continued reading The Christmas Chronicles and A is for Arsenic

I finished Shrines of Gaiety and I read The Bungalow Mystery.

I‘ve started reading A Study in Scarlet a chapter a day and I‘ve started on The Running Grave

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No I have finally figured out why I will never be a Sherlock Holmes - I spend too much time on litterateur. I am glad I finally know 😉

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
@dabbe and @Cuilin

AnnR 😂 3mo
dabbe At least we can feel superior to him in one area! 🤩😍😃 3mo
Cuilin This was such a funny list. 3mo
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I liked the introduction between Holmes & Watson, part 2 was rough.

dabbe Can't wait until discussion day--especially for that 2nd part. 🤩 3mo
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue my reading of The Christmas Chronicles and A is for Arsenic

I want to finish Shrines of Gaiety, read The Bungalow Mystery and I hope to get a start on The Running Grave

I also want to start A Study in Scarlet

5feet.of.fury I have that same Sherlock Holmes anthology, I love the houndstooth print 3mo
Ruthiella You remind me that I bought Shrines of Gaiety in 2022 and still need to get to it! 🙈 3mo
CatMS Listened to "The Running Grave" 36+ hours long. Got into 24 hours when library took it back and had to request it again and wait a couple of weeks before I got it back to finish. As usual I love the audiobooks of the C.B. Strike and Robin adventures. 3mo
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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes When I realized that the #JaneAdjacent gang was starting a retelling of this exact Sherlock story on Monday I pushed to finish this faster than I‘d initially planned, and I‘m glad I did because this is definitely NOT one I‘ve read before. It had a lot of fun little surprises, but mostly it was really cool to see where it all originated and watch Holmes and Watson getting to know each other. @dabbe @Cuilin

Cuilin Great timing!! Glad you enjoyed it. 3mo
dabbe #whereitallbegan 🖤💙🖤 3mo
IndoorDame @dabbe 💜💜💜 3mo
StayCurious I‘m reading it as well! 3mo
IndoorDame @StayCurious it‘ll be super fun to actually read an original and a retelling in the same month. I don‘t think I‘ve ever managed that before! 3mo
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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
@Cuilin

Hello, Sherlockians!
I was going through my teacher stuff, and I found this LitChart that I purchased for A STUDY IN SCARLET. You can go to litcharts.com and view some of the items (with a lot of annoying ads), or you can look at this pdf file (without any ads and ALL of the goodies). Here's the link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gL9T6_gS7DGayNphvaubx0pBbwg9aUR7/view?usp=shari...

IndoorDame Teacher stuff is the best! Thanks! 🙏🤗 3mo
Librarybelle Thank you! 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame 🤩😍😘 3mo
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dabbe @Librarybelle 🤩😍😘 3mo
Cuilin Fabulous, thank you 😊 3mo
AnnR Wonderfully informative .pdf. Thank you @dabbe. You rock. I feel like I'm getting the benefit of a lit class but for free. (edited) 3mo
Mollyanna Thank you so much. 😊 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin I didn't think you'd mind! 🤩😍😘 3mo
dabbe @Pageturner1 🤩😍😘 3mo
dabbe @AnnR Now THAT made my day! 😂😍😘 3mo
dabbe @Mollyanna 😍😍😘 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe of course not!! I love it!! 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Bklover This is awesome! Thanks so much!🩷 (edited) 3mo
dabbe @Bklover 🤩😍😘 3mo
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5feet.of.fury It‘s hard not to pick Henry, but gotta go with G. 3mo
PuddleJumper That's hard! A for classic Holmes and then D for some fun 3mo
Cuilin @5feet.of.fury G 👍😍 3mo
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Cuilin @PuddleJumper My sister would choose D too. 3mo
AnnR Gotta go with G. 🔎 3mo
dabbe Love them all! But … A (JB) was the most original Sherlock in the shows that most closely held to the canon, so my ultimate heart lies there. 🖤 3mo
DaveGreen7777 I might be one of the few leaning towards F… “Young Sherlock Holmes” was one of my favorite movies growing up! 😀 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe I agree Brett was the most authentic. 3mo
Cuilin @DaveGreen7777 such a great show!!!! 3mo
Cuilin @AnnR completely understandable. 😍 3mo
RaeLovesToRead A is my Holmes 😊 3mo
AllDebooks I love Henry in Enola Holmes but, ultimately I'd choose Benedict 🔍🎻 3mo
Cuilin @RaeLovesToRead smart choice 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks I understand, I mean 😍 3mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin lol, Ikr 😅👀😍 3mo
IndoorDame Apparently I need to watch more TV! I‘d choose G, but I feel like I‘m missing out on many good options here… 3mo
Bookwomble A all the way! 3mo
Pageturner1 i‘m not up on the Holmes characters. i haven‘t really watched any of the movies. i will have to rely on other‘s answers 3mo
Librarybelle I‘ll more familiar with G - really good Sherlock 3mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame You‘re safe with G!! 3mo
Cuilin @Bookwomble Brett was so good!!! 3mo
Cuilin @Pageturner1 oh to watch them all for the first time!!! 3mo
Cuilin @Librarybelle 😍😍😍 3mo
KadaGul @cuilin Sooo E😍 F😍G😍 3mo
Scochrane26 Definitely G 3mo
Read4life G most definitely 3mo
Daisey G! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm For me Jeremy Brett played the best for the character. But B Cumberbatch has brought a fresh air to the character in modern London, and he‘s irresistible 😊 3mo
TheAromaofBooks You seem to be missing Wishbone 😂 3mo
Tineke I loved Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock but I'm also missing Johnny Lee Miller's Sherlock in Elementary. Although it was a bit of a loose imagining. 3mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 there was a dog cartoon character too. 3mo
Cuilin @KadaGul why limit yourself 😍😆 3mo
Cuilin @erzascarletbookgasm my thoughts exactly 3mo
Cuilin @Tineke oh need to check that one out. 3mo
Cuilin @Daisey 💯 3mo
Cuilin @Scochrane26 makes complete sense 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement D, G, & E I enjoyed each series with these. 3mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement all fabulous 3mo
CatLass007 I have to say that I didn‘t care for either of the movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and I don‘t have any opinion about the others because I haven‘t seen them. 3mo
mom2bugnbee I'm late here... No one will ever match Benedict Cumberbatch IMO. ♥ 3mo
Cuilin @mom2bugnbee noted! 😍 3mo
CrystalE02 G. Benedict Cumberbatch!!! Thanks to my brother for getting me into the show. My stepdad got me into the Sherlock Holmes books. He doesn't like Cumberbatch as Sherlock he like Jeremy Brett. 3mo
Cuilin @CrystalE02 two great choices 3mo
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“In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes
#ScarletInfographic

Hello, Sherlockians!
Above is an infographic that I created as an introduction to A STUDY IN SCARLET. Some sensitivity issues exist (those pesky Victorians!) that @Cuilin and I wanted you to be aware of--plus, there are just some interesting facts that will hopefully get you excited to read! Our discussion will begin on 1/27. Happy Near Year! 🤩

If anyone else wants to join, tag us! All are welcome! 🤗

StayCurious I‘d love to join. My #Pemberlittens group is reading the tagged book 4mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the graphic! 4mo
AnnR Great graphic @dabbe. Thank you for taking the time to create that. Even for books that are primarily fiction, I really enjoy learning about the authors, characters, historical setting, etc. It helps me get more out of my reading and appreciate the author's writing too. 4mo
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Bookwomble I love the infographic! 😍 I'd ask to join the buddy read, but having reread the whole canon in 2023, it's a bit too soon! I will enjoy reading the discussion posts, though 😊 I am, however, planning to read my as yet unread Holmes pastiches as a 2034 project. 4mo
dabbe @StayCurious Yahoo! You're on the list! 🤗 Now I'll have to check out the Lady Sherlock series is your group reading all of them or just this one? 4mo
dabbe @Librarybelle 🤩🤗😍 4mo
dabbe @AnnR Sherlock is special. I'm sure you know that there are groups out there (like the Baker Street Irregulars) who treat each story as if Watson and Sherlock really did exist and Doyle was simply their biographer. I can't think of another series that takes it to that level! 🤩 4mo
dabbe @Bookwomble You could be leading this read! You're a Sherlock encyclopedia! 🤩 I hope you'll contribute to the discussions! 🤗 4mo
AnnR Actually, I'm pretty naive when it comes to all things Sherlock and Watson. Mystery novels didn't sound appealing to me until recently. Although I coincidentally read A Study in Scarlett a few months ago, I really didn't do much historical research on the subject. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from the buddy read. 4mo
dabbe @AnnR I'm sure we'll all learn something. Every time I come back to 221-B Baker St., I feel like I'm right there in that cozy room with them! 🤩 4mo
StayCurious @dabbe we‘re starting with the first book. If we really like it we might read more. 3mo
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Repost for @Cuilin @dabbe

Denise and I are so excited to get this going, we have fun plans including games and merch!!!! This buddy read is open to all, tagging those who have expressed interest. Here‘s a link to find out more about the structure of Sherlock stories and Merch Info.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSec5bhalZ__UWdUs3T1zjiyZZEGteC7KLDWbtCo...

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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Denise and I are so excited to get this going, we have fun plans including games and merch!!!! This buddy read is open to all, tagging those who have expressed interest. Here‘s a link to find out more about the structure of Sherlock stories and Merch Info.

@LitsyEvents

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSec5bhalZ__UWdUs3T1zjiyZZEGteC7KLDWbtCo...

Librarybelle Looking forward to this! 4mo
IndoorDame I‘m psyched about this! And those stats from The Guardian are fabulous!!!! 4mo
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Cuilin @IndoorDame agree!!! 4mo
Read4life So excited for this! My pup, Sherlock, is ready to enjoy some Holmes on audio! 🐶 4mo
Cuilin @Read4life fabulous, I have the books but also tempted by the Stephen Fry audio. I may do a combination. 4mo
dabbe “Come, Watson, come. The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!” (The Adventure of the Abbey Grange).
🤩🤩🤩
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Cuilin @dabbe 🩷 The game IS afoot!!!! 🩷 4mo
dabbe Think you might want to join us, @kimrenee? 4mo
dabbe @Cuilin 💙❄️💙 4mo
Mollyanna I‘d like to join! Started working my way through the Holmes stories a few years ago, but only managed a couple. This is just what I need… 4mo
eeclayton Yay! And I love the hashtag 😍 4mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna wonderful, you‘re on the tag list!!! 4mo
5feet.of.fury Oh good! I‘m excited for this! 4mo
Cuilin @eeclayton thanks, we had a list but liked this one most. 4mo
Cuilin @5feet.of.fury me too!!! 4mo
AnnR Great article. 👍 🔍 I'm going to print it out for future reference. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo I literally forgot about this! 😂 I'm so excited!! I can't remember - are we reading this at a certain pace (chapter/day or whatever) or just completing the book in time for the discussion January 27? 4mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks read at your own pace for discussion on 1/27. We‘ll probably check in weekly. 4mo
Cuilin @AnnR Agreed, I think we‘ll need it. 🕵️‍♀️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!! Thank you!! 4mo
Pageturner1 excited for this 4mo
Cuilin @Pageturner1 yay!! 🕵️‍♀️ 4mo
Aimeesue Looking forward to it! 4mo
kelli7990 Yay! 4mo
Daisey Oh, I would love to participate in this, but I think I‘m already overbooked for my beginning of the year plans. I read through The Valley of Fear with another group (#Sherlocked) several years ago, but we never got through the final stories. I do have the complete audio, so maybe I‘ll follow along listening to as I can and for sure join in towards the end. Could you go ahead and add me to your list, please? 4mo
mom2bugnbee I'd forgotten! Wonderful! So excited. 4mo
Cuilin @Daisey yes, join in when you can. 4mo
Tineke Yes, I'd like to join too! I have a book with all the stories. 4mo
Cuilin @Tineke Welcome, I‘ll add you to the tag list. 4mo
kimrenee I'm excited to do something like this. I've never done this before 3mo
Cuilin @kimrenee yay, wonderful you‘re joining us. I‘ll add you to tag list. You know who to go to if you‘ve any questions. lol. 3mo
AllDebooks Please add me 😊 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks absolutely, delighted you‘re joining us. 3mo
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Murphy
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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This one was a re-read, got the book as a present and now it has its own place in my bookshelf. Nice to know how our Characters came to be the best buddies we love! The second part was quite a ride though, i completely forgot about that!

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More from yesterday. I know the picture is probably too small to read, so here‘s part of the text. “What may look like your average summer reading list is actually made up of some of the most commonly challenged and censored books of all time…” Sherlock Holmes banned? 🤦🏻‍♀️

You can also see the wet walkway, except the little bit shielded by the height of the sign. At least today has very nice weather for everyone celebrating Mother‘s Day. 💐☀️

Susanita “…While only a snippet of the larger list that exists globally, it illustrates the magnitude of what some governments and organizations are willing to do to stifle expression, creativity, and many authors‘ unique viewpoints.” 11mo
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RayHallucinogen
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Just started listening to a shash of 100+ audiobooks I've been gathering for some time. First in line, alphabetically, Arthur Conan Doyle and A Study in Scarlet.

dabbe The first Holmes in the canon! LOVE it! 🕵️‍♂️🔍💜 12mo
RayHallucinogen The second part of the book got my full attention. Already onto the next one, The Sign of the Four. 12mo
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Infinite_Adnan
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Finally got my hands on this...
Looking forward to reading this masterpiece...

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5feet.of.fury
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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#roll100 selections
Excited for A Study in Scarlet. I have a really gorgeous Sherlock Holmes anthology & I haven‘t read much of it, well, I read Hounds of the Baskervilles twice.

PLL I don‘t really care about reading, which begs the question “why didn‘t I leave it at the library book sale?”

& a grandma who hiked the Appalachian Trail. My mental fantasy is to quit life & thru hike the AT so I‘m sure this will add to my ambition

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Goxai
Uno studio in rosso | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Love this book.

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Crystal83
Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I give this book 5/5 stars!!! It is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes books!!! This is a part of the 31 books mentioned in Criminal Minds or read by Dr. Spencer Reid list. This is the second book I have read on the list.

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SeaToSkyes
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Started out great; the familiar storyline where Watson & Sherlock meet for the first time and work on their first case together. However, things took a very abrupt turn and suddenly we're catapulted into the American West. This is my first time reading the original Sherlock novels, so I had no idea what was happening. I kept double checking that I was still reading the same book and that there wasn't a technical glitch with my library app. (cont)

SeaToSkyes After a bit, I started piecing things together and then finally recognized which direction the story was taking, but I feel like there could have been a much better transition between the past and present events. I realize this book is like 100+ years old, but come on Doyle! #bookreview #sherlockholmes 2y
RaeLovesToRead Haha, I remember feeling like this too! I wasn't expecting a Western... I just went with it in the end 😄 2y
SeaToSkyes @RaeLovesToRead right? I just kept thinking "okay maybe there's some sort of point to all of this???" Lol ? 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Scarves are good for cold days and nights (which we never require here). Besides, they give the literary character style. I‘ve not seen Sidney Paget‘s original illustrations of Sherlock Holmes wearing a #scarf but actors like Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch don it well..look elegant and charismatic. 👀 👀 👍👍
#GratefulHarvest 🧣

Eggs Great pics 🧣 🙌🏻 ❤️ 2y
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Zoe-h
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I added this to my TBR after I started watching Sherlock a few months ago. I was a bit confused once it got to the Utah part. I do feel like I enjoyed the show‘s plot a little more, because of the pick a bottle scene. But all in all, a good read. 4⭐️

TiredLibrarian Love the card! 💗 3y
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#FirstLineFriday
This is the longest first sentence I have ever seen.

rwmg Can I draw your attention to 3y
Awk_Word_Smith @rwmg “It was the longest of sentences, it was the shortest; it was the most semi-colons used, it was the fewest…” And yet still the greatest opening line/ending line in literature. #arguably 3y
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ravenlee
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This novella introduces Sherlock Holmes, beginning with him meeting Dr Watson and Watson‘s first look at Holmes‘ deductive reasoning. That was all very good. Then, suddenly, that narrative is completely abandoned and for 30 pages we‘re in Utah with the Mormon settlers. Huh? So, I deducted one grade for narrative discontinuity.

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“‘This fellow may be very clever,‘ I said to myself, ‘but he is certainly very conceited.‘”

And here we have Sherlock Holmes in a nutshell.

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ravenlee
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Just starting this story and right away we have Dr Watson‘s tale of his injury in the battle of Maiwand. I recently read I Am Malala, who discusses Dr Watson discussing the Battle of Maiwand in her explanation of the origin of her name (Malalai, the woman who led the rebel forces from a lull to victory in that battle, but died in the fray, if I recall correctly). Book synchronicity. I didn‘t realize it was in this novella.

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LoverOfLearning
A Study in Scarlet | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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This is the first time I have ever read a Sherlock Holmes book! I absolutely loved it. This was such a fun and intriguing read.

It was not quite what I expected, it lacked depth in areas especially in the characters of Sherlock and Watson. But it had so much depth and creativity in the storyline.

The Sign of the Four, the next novel will dive deeper into character development and I can't wait to read it!

Solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 stars.

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Allylu
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Finished my #BookSpin for October just a nick into November. It was #9 on my #BookSpinBingo card. I certainly enjoyed the first episode of Sherlock Holmes. It took kind of a long winding trail with the Mormons, but all was evident in the end. Sherlock is amazing in his observations and Watson an admiring convert to his ideas. Looking forward to the next one!

Allylu This book is also #6 on my November #BookSpinBingo card! 😊📚Yay! 3y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
A Study in Scarlet | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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I‘m using Serial Reader to read through some Sherlock Holmes stories for #scarathlon! Makes sense to start at the beginning at least with this one. I found this to be a fun mystery, but was really thrown when the story moved to Utah for a spell. I think these stories will be well written and very enjoyable! #bookspinbingo #teamslaughter 16points

Clwojick I need to get back into using this app! I really enjoyed it a while back. 4y
Sarahreadstoomuch @Clwojick I‘ll admit I had completely forgotten about it until now! 4y
Daisey I completely know what you mean about Serial Reader. I started Aesop‘s Fables last night after not using the app for months. 4y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Finally I started reading Sherlock Series! Beautiful narration. Excited to start the next one.

#Bookspin #bookspinbingo #serialreader

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
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intothehallofbooks
A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I‘VE FINISHED MY FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES!! I decided to listen to Stephen Fry‘s audiobook on a whim while I was working today. I wasn‘t expecting to finish the entire first story, but I didn‘t want to turn it off!! I followed along with Serial Reader.

I can totally see why they chose the actors that were cast for the Sherlock TV show. Fry‘s awesome narration reminds me of their performances. I‘ve only seen one episode-need to remedy that fast!!

Andrew65 Stephen Fry is a great narrator. 4y
intothehallofbooks @Andrew65 This is the first narration I‘ve heard by him, but it is exceptional!! 4y
Andrew65 He did a great job with Harry Potter. 4y
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