The first story to feature Sherlock Holmes, wherein the detective resolves to solve the mystery of a corpse found at a derelict house with the word "RACHE" scrawled in blood on the wall beside the body. A story of lost love, revenge, and mystery!
easy to draw out, though he can be communicative enough when the fancy seizes him."
"I should like to meet him," I said. "If I am to lodge with anyone, I should prefer a man of studious and quiet habits. I am not strong enough yet to stand much noise or excitement. I had enough of both in Afghanistan to last me for the remainder of my natural existence. How could I meet this friend of yours?"
"He is sure to be at the laboratory," returned my companion. "He either avoids the place for weeks, or else he works there from morning to night. If you like, we shall drive round together after luncheon."
"Certainly," I answered, and the conversation drifted away into other channels.
As we made our way to the hospital after leaving the Holborn, Stamford gave me a few more particulars about the gentleman whom I proposed to take as a fellow-lodger.
"You mustn't blame me if you don't get on with him," he said; "I know nothing more of him than I have learned from meeting him occasionally i
Great story overall, though it could be improved. First, Jonathan Small is unknown until the mystery is solved. But the story was written before this rule was applied. Second, Sherlock Holmes does not solve the entire mystery. He doesnt explain the situation. Instead, Jonathan Small takes this role. But, since this was one of the first mystery novel ever written, this is exceptable. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does an exceptional job with his imagination. Excellent descriptive characters and plot.
This is the first Sherlock Holmes mystery. It explains how Holmes and Watson came to meet and share lodgings. However, it is the one Holmes story that is altered significantly when presented in movie, TV, or play format.
Like several of the Sherlock Holmes novels, the first part involves Holmes solving a sensational mystery followed by a second part that provides the background/motivation to the original crime.
In 1887, when this novel was written, there was a "crusade" against Mormons that was in full swing. The background story involves Mormons, forced plural marriages, "Danites" (a popularized sort of Mormon enforcer of the times), and Brigham Young. Unless you are a diehard anti-Mormon, the background story is ludicrous, hence the significant alterations when the story is presented in movie, TV, or play format.
Nevertheless, the novel is entertaining and gives you an excellent insight into the Origins of Sherlock Holmes
As with other readers, I got a little lost in the second part, but keep going, it all fits the overall story in the end :-) A really good introduction to Holmes and Watson.
Thanks to all people who took their time to give valuable insights.Like others i was also confused about the second part but assured by the others i continued reading and i really enjoyed it.Thanks
As for the extended coda set in the US, it's important to realize that Conan Doyle's first passion as a writer was Historical Fiction, and he initially saw the Holmes stories as a way to expand his readership of that kind of writing.
He follows a similar pattern in Valley of Fear, and to a lesser extent in The Sign of Four.
The first time I read these novels, I remember feeling a similar sense of dislocation, but Doyle is such a strong writer that he had me hooked within pages.
A highly enjoyable first novel.Though I do think that The Sign of Four is a vast improvement.
No doubt the book is nice but in the 2nd part I got confused if some other story had been started. I couldn't find any Holmes or Watson there. After reading I realised it was connected to the case. But such a big past of criminal wasn't needed there.
Overall good story with details of how Holmes met Watson.
First Novel of Sherlock and it was for me too. It introduces the greatest man ever formed though in the author's imagination but still it takes so much to think about the extra-ordinary character and then finding stories as void for his character to live with. Holmes' Books are really SPECTACULAR! You Read One, and then You want More of him! It just has kind of attraction that will attract you again and again if you tend to cooperate(in some terms) with Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
And not only the character of Sherlock Holmes but Dr.J.Watson is also a good one. And When both of them are together it makes a fabulous and splendor stories to read on. They're like Good And Evil, without good evil doesn't exist, though BOTH of them are on the good side from the Crime POV!
Witty and fun. Intelligent in a CSI sort of way. I'd read Doyle in highschool and wanted to return after seeing the moovie. I'm so glad I did.
The book is divided into two uite different parts, although both full of thrill and adventure.
In the first part one also finds very humorous moments as it prtrays Holmes slightly less sophisticated than what he later becomes.
The second part is moving with drama and action.
I am a bit confused here. I downloaded the PDF format of this novel and read it till the VIIth chapter. In the end of that chapter, after Sherlock apprehends the man and declares him as the murderer to Watson, Lestrade and Gregson, an entirely new chapter of an entirely new story starts called 'ON THE GREAT ALKALI PLAIN' What exactly is happening??? Is this a continuation of the novel? Or are these two separate novels? I am asking because I haven't read that part and am really annoyed at the fact that it isnt mentioned how Sherlock deduced the fact that the apprehended man IS the murderer. Please tell me whats happening! But on the contrary, the novel up to that point is magnificent! Arthur's (Conan Doyle) writing is so detailed, it really felt like I was seeing everything in person lol.
Engaging plot with twists that become the signature of the Sherlock Holmes series. You won't be disappointed and you won't put your book down. A must read.
Hey, Nicholas, I first read this story about 40 years ago (yeah, I AM old). This kinda throw me too, but keep going. Arthur Conan Doyle (or should I say Sherlock Holmes) ties it all together.
Excellent Sherlock Holmes novel. Inventive and suspenseful.
It's the first Sherlock Holems novel, and a great one too!
This book was fast-paced and hard to put down. The description in the book is wonderful, and it almost makes you believe that you are part of the crime scene.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Doyle's work or would like to first read his work.
Ever wonderhow Holmes met Watson? this is a must read. I am not an avid reader but I really enjoyed this and it has ignited in other Sir Arthor Connan Doyle's works!!