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Free eBook A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel byBritishauthor Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1886, the story marksthefirst appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, whowouldbecome two of the most famous characters in popular fiction.Thebook's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, anamateurdetective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the natureof hiswork, in which he describes the story's murder investigationas his"study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murderrunningthrough the colourless skein of life, and our duty is tounravelit, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.

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