Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular crime fiction. The novel, Sherlock Holmes, is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His works are considered, by any writers, as a path for writers who wanted to write stories themed crime fiction. Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet is one of the four main novel of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle also made a few short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson, his partner in crime. If you are worried about the language that this book use, this book has already been translated by Sandra B. Tanuwidjaja, from English to Indonesia, and published by PT. Gramedia Pustaka Utama. With that you can buy the book in Gramedia and read it without worrying the language is in English or not.
This novel is about a story of a young man who came home after he got injured in the battle field. He got shot on his ankle after he gave a soldier some treatment. Now he needs to use a cane to support him to walk. Then some events happen and it leads him to meeting Holmes. In the end of the day he learnt that Holmes is one eccentric guy who likes to solve mystery with his unique deduction. After they solved the mysteries and capture the bad guy, of course there is a back story to why that guy killed or murder someone. Sadly in the end of the day, when the bad guy already put in jail, a plot twist happen. I don’t want to tell you what happen because…SPOILERS!!!
My favorite scene in this novel is when Holmes finally get a credit for all the things he’s done rather than those two stupid detectives who always took the credits from Holmes’ deduction. Beside that, the most likeable part of the novel is the cover. It’s designed by a brilliant illustrator, Martin Dima. The colors of the cover are black and orange, pretty simple, but the details in the wing makes the cover unique. The design of the cover gave off a mysterious vibe to it. You can also see how the artist put their effort on making it.
I really recommend to read this novel for anyone who likes to read crime fiction or novel themed mystery. The story is interesting, you get to see how Holmes solved all the mysteries. The interaction between characters feels real and sometimes funny. The story took place in London, but the characters are fictional or not real. If Holmes is real, crime rate will probably go down.
The moral of the story is to be picky or selective about what you believe. In the story Holmes said, “human’s brain is the same as an empty attic, and you have to fill it in with furniture of your choice. Only fools took all the information they have found, so the knowledge they need is stuck or combined by other things. Now a wise person do the opposite. They carefully select what they want to put in their attic. All of it has already been set in their brain-attic in perfect order, so they can find it easily…” -page 20
Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet