Better late than never. On this special Friday edition of Throwback Thursday...
Sherlock Holmes is possibly the most well-known fictional detective in the world. He is so famous that over 100 years from his introduction he has his own television show and the books retelling his many cases are still in print and in demand.
Homes made his debut in the short novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887. Eventually Doyle would publish 56 short stories and 4 novels featuring Holmes, the last 40 years after A Study in Scarlet. Doyle famously was annoyed by the success of Holmes, wanting to spend time on other writing projects. Doyle was a prolific writer and diverse. He wrote seven historical novels, nine other novels, multiple plays, and literally hundreds of short stories. He considered his historical novels his best work, though few could name them today.
A Study in Scarlet mixes many things, like all of the Holmes stories it is a complex tale. Narrated by the inimical Dr. Watson, it mixes love, religion (the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, are a prominent part of the story), the American West, and industrial age England. It introduces the Baker Street Irregulars, essentially street urchins employed by Holmes to scout the environs. It brings forth Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard and, in the end, the recurring theme that the police get the credit while Holmes takes a back seat.
I first read the Holmes stories as a teenager and have a facsimile copy of the Strand stories on my book shelf. You could definitely read worse!
A Study in Scarlet is plentifully available in multiple editions starting at only $3.94 including shipping on Biblio.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)