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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Two American travelers have been killed - one with poison, the other with a knife through the heart - and the only clues at the scene are a woman's wedding ring and the German word for ''vengeance'' written in blood. The military surgeon Dr. John Watson is brought in to investigate, along with his clever, arrogant new roommate, Sherlock Holmes. Thus begins one of the most famous crime-solving partnerships of all time in this debut of one of literature's most remarkable detectives.