A Study in Scarlet

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

A Study in Scarlet, a short novel published in 1887, was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes story. At the beginning of the book, Dr. Watson meets the detective for the first time and we ride along with them to the scene of a murder. The crime baffles the Scotland Yard detectives, but of course Holmes solves it easily. In the second half of the story, the scene shifts to Utah as we learn the murderer's history. The action returns to London in the last two chapters. In his first adventure, Holmes demonstrates many of the traits for which he later became well known: meticulous study of a crime scene, brilliant deductive reasoning, aptitude for chemistry and music, and the somewhat annoying habit of withholding crucial facts from Watson (and consequently the reader) until the conclusion of the case. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1-1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes Laurie Anne Walden
Play 02 1-2 The Science of Deduction Laurie Anne Walden
Play 03 1-3 The Lauriston Garden Mystery Laurie Anne Walden
Play 04 1-4 What John Rance Had to Tell Laurie Anne Walden
Play 05 1-5 Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor Laurie Anne Walden
Play 06 1-6 Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do Laurie Anne Walden
Play 07 1-7 Light in the Darkness Laurie Anne Walden
Play 08 2-1 On the Great Alkali Plain Laurie Anne Walden
Play 09 2-2 The Flower of Utah Laurie Anne Walden
Play 10 2-3 John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet Laurie Anne Walden
Play 11 2-4 A Flight for Life Laurie Anne Walden
Play 12 2-5 The Avenging Angels Laurie Anne Walden
Play 13 2-6 A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. Laurie Anne Walden
Play 14 2-7 The Conclusion Laurie Anne Walden