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The book tells the story of the first meeting and case of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. When Doctor John H. Watson returns from Afganistan after a long military service, he comes to London. In search of a roommate in order to rent an apartment, an old friend of his introduces him to Sherlock Holmes, a consultant detective. The two then rent the apartment in 221B Baket Street, London.
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During their time together, Holmes refuses to talk about his work. The first chance to discover what he does for a living arrives when a Scotland Yard detective shows up at their apartment and asks Holmes to help solve a murder. Holmes invites Watson to help him and the couple sets out to uncover the truth.

As the Scotland Yard investigates and accuses different people, Holmes finds his own way to the truth. Whenever the Scotland Yard accuses someone, Holmes is always there to prove he is not guilty. Eventually, after all others have given up on solving the mysterious crime, which is later joined by another murder crime, Holmes reveals the killer and his story (which is brought in the second part of the book).
Best part of story, including ending: I liked this story for two reasons: The first being that it's a well written, suspensful crime mystery. Conan Doyle writes the characters of Holmes and Watson beautifully, and as always, makes the mystery almost impossible to solve for the reader - but not so impossible for Holmes himself. In addition, the book describes the first meeting of Holmes and Watson - the iconic couple that will later become one of the most known characters in history. This allows a look into their past, to where their friendship started.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was the first meeting of Holmes and Watson. Again, Holmes and Watson's friendship is one of the most known, most incredible friendships that have ever existed in literature. They care about each other deeply and are willing to do anything for each other. The scene of their first meeting was especially amazing to read, simply because I knew what a relationship they would later develop. It was beautiful to see where they started and where they ended.

Opinion about the main character: I think I both like and dislike the fact that Holmes is a very logical, refusing to care human being. His philosophy is that caring doesn't help solve the crime, but only delays it, and so he refuses to care about the humans involved in each and every one of his crimes. It bothered me that he represses every bit of humanity in himself, but at the same time it amazed me, because it brought so many breakthroughs.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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