This month I’m doing an entry for the Blogger Book Nook, which has Murder in the Library as April theme.
I don’t read that many crime stories so finding the right book was a bit of a challenge. But before I’ll give to my two cents on A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, let’s answer some questions!
1) Who is your favourite fictional detective and why?
Since I don’t read too many books on crime, I’ll go with the one and only Sherlock homes here. However, I’ve got the Dirk Gently series on my to-read list, so maybe that’ll spark my love for detective stories!
When it comes to TV it’s a tie between Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer and Dana Scully from The X Files. While Lucifer has just the best sense of humor, Dana Scully is super badass, highly competent and doesn’t take shit from anyone.
2) Do you enjoy being able to solve the mystery in a book before the characters do, or do you like to be kept guessing until the end?
For me a book is good when the writer can keep me guessing for quite some time. It’s okay if I figure it out at point, as long as that doesn’t occur within the first 5 chapters. When you can see where things are going from miles off that novel is no longer interesting for me, as I always feel like shouting at the characters for being so stupid. Whoops.
3) Murders, missing people, or heists and thefts: Which do you find most compelling?
Tricky questions! All of those can be thrilling, if done well. But I think I’ll go with missing people. Or maybe murders? I just can’t decide!
4) What keeps you most engaged in a crime plot? Intriguing characters? Mysterious settings? Or a whole lot of action?
For me intriguing characters are always a big plus. But in crime stories it’s especially important since I won’t get invested or even interested in the plot if there is no characters I care about the slightest bit. No matter how good the rest of the story is, boring characters are a huge no-go for me!
5) Crime is a popular theme for novels, TV shows and videogames: Which is your favourite way of experiencing the genre?
Definitely not videogames. I have the terrible habit of skipping the story bits as I just want to keep playing. So any effort on that front is wasted on me.
For me, TV shows are more intriguing than novels as in crime stories the vocabulary can sometimes be a specific to police jargon or include technical terms. As I am not always familiar with those, it’s nice to actually see what everybody is talking about. Furthermore, it’s more interesting to keep guessing where the story is going when you actually get to see the crime scene, witnesses and evidence. Even if everything is described ver well in a novel, it’s just not the same.
Mini – Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes #1)
After I read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes last summer, I decided it’s time to get started properly with one of the most famous detectives of all time. In A Study in Scarlet Sherlock (who just met Watson for the first time) investigates a rather mysterious murder.
One of the things I really liked about this novel is that we get so find out how Watson and Holmes met and moved in together. It’s quite funny how Watson gets acquainted with Holmes’ weird habits and tries to make sense of him. But we also get a thorough inside on how Sherlock Holmes works and on how me makes his deductions.
I have to admit, at some point the story began to bore me a bit, but when I watched a theater adaptation a few weeks later, I loved it! A Study in Scarlet is a cleverly written novel, featuring a crime you would never ever be able to solve before Sherlock does. However, as I mentioned before, detective stories work far better for me, when on TV or in theater. So I guess, I’ll just stick with Benedict Cumberbatch. 😉
What’s your opinion on crime and detective stories? Let me know in the comments what you think!