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If your enjoy Sherlock Holme's stories you'll enjoy this book as not only is it a first-class story that, by the end, draws all the complex threads together in a satisfying way, but it also gives the background to Holme's scientific approach to sleuthing and how he and Dr Watson came to be a team. The reader is excellent as he carries the listener to and fro across the Atlantic in this epic story.
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This is a great story to listen to but the audio can be quite annoying as it has a hiss that sounds each time the voice stops. I listened to the whole book thru and really enjoyed it althought it got a bit confusing when part 2 started as it was difficult to realise that it was in anyway connnected with part 1 for quite a while. As usual, Conan-Doyle doesn't let you down though and it was a great listen....except for that hiss.
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I always like to start at the beginning, and with the recent release of the Sherlock Holmes movie, my interest was sparked to find the first Sherlock Holmes novel. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the next year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his sidekick 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."
Of particular interest to me was the second part of the story which takes place in the wild frontier of America 1847 and a fantastic and absurd view of the Mormon pioneers. Doyle's depiction of the Latter-day Saints' organization as being steeped in kidnapping, murder and enslavement was laughable. Conan Doyle's daughter has stated: "You know, father would be the first to admit that his first Sherlock Holmes novel was full of errors about the Mormons". Years after Conan Doyle's death, Levi Edgar Young, a descendant of Brigham Young and a Mormon general authority, claimed that Conan Doyle had privately apologized, saying that "He [Conan Doyle] said he had been misled by writings of the time about the Church".
Historical misrepresentation aside, this is a great novel and a terrific murder mystery. Perhaps not the greatest of Doyle's works, but it was entertaining and a the beginning of a great character.
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