A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

June 3, 2010

review by Gabriel

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet is the premier Sherlock Holmes adventure, and therefore a pretty influential text in the detective fiction genre.  It’s a hell of a lot of fun and could be held up as an example on how to write sentences, create a sense of place and establish important characters.  However, I assume that Conan Doyle was still perfecting his craft when he wrote it, because there are some poor structural choices that really dampen the excitement of the book.  There are also some thundering clichés, especially surrounding one character that becomes a sinkhole for bad writing. Read the rest of this entry »