Book Review: A Study in Scarlet

I’ve read only a few Sherlock Holmes stories but am of course familiar with various twists and turns the myth has taken in movies and pop culture. But this was a singularly enjoyable experience to tap into the origins of the myth and see Holmes and Dr. Watson “in the raw,” as it were. I wasn’t particularly keen on the somewhat jingoistic portrayal of Mormons, and one does have to swallow hard and chalk much of that up to ignorant prejudices of the past. But otherwise, the story is engaging and compelling as any good mystery is, and seeing Holmes solve the case, watching him with the sense of it being the first time was extremely pleasurable.

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