Are your bags packed? Have a few pounds in your pocket? Good! Let’s head over to 221B Baker Street! I’ll tweet Mrs. Hudson to put the kettle on.
This month’s “Pages Reads” is A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. I decided to stick with choosing books or authors that have a huge influence on pop culture. There is no literary character more popular than Sherlock Holmes. This renowned character is portrayed in books, movies, T.V , musicals, plays, and ballet. If you have never heard of Holmes you may be living under an actual rock, but if you are reading this article you must have internet. You have 4G, but live under a slab of stone? I think someone needs to readjust their priorities.
Not only is Sherlock in all sorts of media, but he also has a hardcore following. There are dedicated clubs that get together and discuss Sherlock Holmes. One of the earliest founders of the “Sherlockians” says all you need to start a meeting is a copy of the Canon and a bottle. Now this sounds like my type of club! Reading and booze, what else can a bibliophile ask for?
A Study In Scarlet is the first novel in the Sherlock Holmes series. I was going to pick the most popular story, Hounds of Baskerville, but I like starting from the beginning. I know you can purchase A Study In Scarlet on kindle for 99 cents, audible is a little more expensive so you might want to use your credits on the audio collection. Of course you could always go to Thriftbooks to pick up a used copy or any bookstore should at least sell a collection of Sherlock Holmes for twenty dollars or less. I mean Holmes is so popular I’m sure you’ll want to read more by Doyle. In the long run that twenty dollar investment may be a good choice. That would also make you an honorary Sherlockian. Maybe Pages will start having Holmes gatherings, I know Smith has plenty of bottles.