A Study in Scarlet
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A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature. Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it."
SAINTS CHAPTER I - ON THE GREAT ALKALI PLAIN CHAPTER II - THE FLOWER OF UTAH CHAPTER III - JOHN FERRIER TALKS WITH THE PROPHET CHAPTER IV - A FLIGHT FOR LIFE CHAPTER V - THE AVENGING ANGELS CHAPTER VI - A CONTINUATION OF THE REMINISCENCES OF JOHN WATSON, M.D. CHAPTER VII - THE CONCLUSION THE MODERN LIBRARY EDITORIAL BOARD NOTES READING GROUP GUIDE About the Author Copyright Page INTRODUCTION Anne Perry A Study in Scarlet, so-called because of “the scarlet thread of murder
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a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” “You will have your data soon,” I remarked, pointing with my finger; “this is the Brixton Road, and that is the house, if I am not very much mistaken.” “So it is. Stop, driver, stop!” We were still a hundred yards or so from it, but he insisted upon our alighting, and we finished our journey upon foot. Number 3, Lauriston Gardens, wore an ill-omened and minatory look. It was one of four which stood back
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