aislingdoheanta (aislingdoheanta) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #1: A Study In Scarlet

 Genre:  Crime, Drama, Murder Mystery, Detective Story
I just finished reading A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I thought it was a good and entertaining read. I have read this story before, but I wanted to re-read it because I couldn't remember all of it. I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and think this is one of my favorite cases. I think it was really well-written and paid attention to the correct details when in John Watson's Point-of-View. Even though it was a little hard to get through the second part, I would still recommend this story to people who are looking for a fun read. 

More details about what I didn't like under the cut due to potential spoilers. 

The reason I did not like the second part was because it distracted me from the main point of the story. All of the background into Jefferson Hope's life and character was important in order to understand why he did what he did, but it was a hard to get through. I would have preferred to only hear about Hope from John Watson's Point-of-View because it would have been shorted and easier to follow. 

At first, when Doyle jumped back in time to start talking about Ferrier and everything that happened in Utah, I thought a new story had started. It took me until the third chapter to realize that this was the back story of the murderer. Reading that did help me feel bad for Hope and I didn't think he was as cold-hearted as originally depicted, but it was long and seemed like a thought that went on a tangent. 

Tags: crime fiction, fiction, murder mystery, police drama

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