A Study in Scarlet -  Arthur Conan Doyle Actual rating: 4.5 starsAugust 12th, 2012: Review coming soon. :)... Well, now it's December 18th, so HAHA I LIED. Gosh, I don't think my review situation has ever been this out of hand. I remember the days when I used to just read things and review them the next day or whatever. Good times, good times. Okay, so I'm going to try to go on a review spree now, which means my next few reviews will probably be pretty short and not too detailed––partly because I have so many to do, and also because at this point I've probably forgotten a good deal of what I was going to talk about. Well, anyway ...So, I'll be honest. I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books partly because of the BBC series ("Sherlock") ... which I love. And although you don't really need to have read the books to enjoy the TV show, I assumed there were a lot of little references to the original material that I was missing out on. Not only that, but I'd been meaning to read the books for a long time, so I just felt a little more compelled to do so. Also they're mostly all free for Kindle, so that rocks. Anyway, in this story we are introduced to Sherlock Holmes:Oh my ... where was I. AH HEMMM.So yes, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson meet each other for the first time. (You know you're a fan of BBC's "Sherlock" when you start reading this book and you're already crying on like, page two when they meet each other ... Yup.)Anyway, I can see now that pretty much everything I love about the TV series is present in the books. Mostly, what's so compelling is that Sherlock and Watson are both such brilliant characters. Sherlock is so genius and yet so crazy; Watson is much more grounded and yet so intrigued by Sherlock and such a loyal friend to him and it's just so ... gah ... But there's also a lot of other stuff to love about this story. It's well-written, it's full of both humor and suspense ... It's just really damn good.My one complaint about this book in particular is that it follows two different plot lines; one about Sherlock and Watson and one about ... Mormons. The two are related, but when the plot randomly switches to the whole Mormon story it's a bit jarring and confusing and goes on for a bit too long before the relation starts to make any sense at all.But otherwise, this is a great book. Not my favorite of the Sherlock books I've read so far, but still very good. :)