“You have been in Afghanistan I perceive .”
With this offhand remark, Sherlock Holmes introduced himself to a gobsmacked John Watson and to a worldwide audience that has been spellbound ever since. This meeting occurred in A Study in Scarlet; the first novel by a young scientist called Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle was born on May 22nd 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland . He never much liked his career in science and much preferred writing books.
In 1887, A Study in Scarlet was published in Strand Magazine. The public loved it and begged him for more. At one point he tired of his writing career and killed off Sherlock.
The public went crazy so he continued his writing. He had many very successful books in the Holmes series . Doyle collapsed and died in 1930.
Sam Doyle (no relation!)