Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes

Believe it or not, this is the first time ANYONE in our book club has picked up a Sherlock Holmes caper. We read A Study in Scarlet, the first of the series.

And the response…

… love love love him!

Ditto on his fearless accomplice and story narrator, Dr. Watson. Even though we all agree Sherlock is a bit of a jerk – compared by a few to modern-day TV drama character Dr. House – he was interesting enough, smart enough, and quirky enough to still be loveable.

The one major complaint was that the clues for discovering the villain were not able to be discerned by anyone besides Mr. Holmes. At the end of the caper, understanding the series of event was clearly laid out – but not one member believed the murder could have been guessed while reading the caper. Is this a plot flaw? I personally do not think so. Some members disagreed.

However, our conversation veered from the actual story rather quickly and almost immediately towards religion – specifically Mormonism – seeing as that religion played an integral part in the plot. Religion tends to be a very controversial and personal topic, but I was proud that our group was able to have such an educated and balanced discussion instead of a passionate religious brawl – thank goodness.

Overall, I say this book was a success. Everyone seemed to like it. All the members seemed to be amused by the plot and characters. Most members read the second book voluntarily. And most members are planning on reading more of the series.

Next up is Bart’s choice – Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott – so stay tuned!

We each take turns writing our blog posts for the book club. This entry was from Carolann DeMatos, our mystery-reading Art Director.

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