Study in Scarlet Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the novella in which Doyle introduced the characters of Watson and Holmes. Our hero solves the mystery after only a quarter of the narrative, following which we travel back in time to learn the prehistory of the crime, set in the Mormon community of 1840s-1860s Utah.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

holmes and watson meet for the first time.
watson's first case with holmes.

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Chapter Analysis of Study in Scarlet

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   West Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   London Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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