Now any good Sherlock fan has his/her favorite Sherlock/Watson combo. From John Barrymore and Roland Young in 1922 to the latest pairing of Jonny Lee Miller and a female Watson played by Lucy Liu, there is definitely competition. Sherlock Holmes is so beloved a character that we even have two TV shows and a movie franchise currently.
Mine happens to be the BBC's Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. While Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are both hot and entertaining, the BBC show's vivid and intriguing portrayal is the one that made me want to read ACD's stories.
Yes, that's right. I'd never read a Sherlock Holmes story! GASP!
I had tried once before but couldn't get into it. This time when I began it, I pictured Cumberbatch and Freeman as Shelock and Watson and that made me feel like I was reading a transcript of the show just as much as I was reading the book itself. It made it that much more enjoyable.
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes|
Now, The Study of Scarlet is the first case after Sherlock and Watson meet after becoming roommates. All of Sherlock's peculiarities and his genius are just being discovered by Watson and the reader gets to experience this through Watson's eyes, since he is the narrator. The case is about a murder victim who is found with no mark on the body but there is blood on the floor. There is also the word "RACHE" written on the wall, as well as a few other puzzling clues, like a woman's wedding ring.
The beauty of the story is Watson and the two police detectives, Lestrate and Gregson, discovering Sherlock's methods of deduction, which, as they learn, of course, are far superior to anything they have ever seen before. When the murderer is found and apprehended, you would think this would be the end of the story, but it is only the end of Part I.
Part II of the novel has the killer telling Holmes and Watson the back story of how he came to murder. It also neatly wraps up what happens to the killer, as well as how Watson came to tell us the story of this case and Sherlock's detective expertise.
I really enjoyed reading this story and I am so glad that I downloaded The Complete Sherlock Holmes from Amazon (the page for my version no longer seems to be there). Not to mention I also downloaded The Illustrated Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Still there, and FREE!), which I also want to try out. I will definitely be reading a lot more Sherlock Holmes in the future!