In 1886 Arthur Conan Doyle, whilst struggling to make a success of a failing medical practice in Portsmouth, set about writing a novel in order to boost his income. He began a story about a fiercely intelligent sleuth called Sheridan Hope. A year later A Study in Scarlet was published, and one of the most successful of literary characters began to take hold of the public's affections.
Sherlock Holmes, as he was now called, and his inimitable methods of deduction are introduced in this, the first of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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- Michael H
Strong start, weak overall plot
This is the first Sherlock Holmes book ever written. The book gets off to an exciting start, as we see the genius of Holmes. It quickly runs out of steam and descends into a less than average whodunit. In the middle of the book there is a long flash back that could have been covered much faster.
The performance of Richard E Grant was good, although I found myself having to listen carefully in places.