- The Sign of Four
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet starts off from the perspective of Dr. Watson, a former doctor in the British military who is injured in the call of duty and finds himself rooming with Sherlock Holmes back in England. Watson, after discovering Sherlock is a private detective, forces him to go on an investigation which will become the most interesting mystery Holmes has ever come across. Doyle masterfully crafts the story from Watson's perspective for the first part of the book. After Sherlock, Watson, and two other detectives have conferred and have shared the clues they have gathered about the murder, a cab driver alerts them a cab is ready. Watson and Sherlock make an exit and the cab driver is reaching into the horse driven cab when Sherlock suddenly slams cuffs onto the wrists of the cab driving murderer. As quickly as Sherlock slammed the cuffs onto the suspect you are whisked away into a story of pioneering and survival in the midwest which is told in the third person. All ages would take an interest in this epic tale, although some may have trouble with the vocabulary. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is certainly the most famous collection of mysteries that one could come across. Doyle keeps the reader interested with vivid description, cliffhangers that make you want to turn to the next page as fast as you possibly can, and active dialogue. Doyle has beautifully crafted this myriad of stories in his own unique style.
I will remember A Study in Scarlet as a fantastic murder mystery. It has sucked me into The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and made me want to read more. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.
- William Locke