The Sign of the Four

November 18, 2016 - Comment

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic characters in literature history, and his forensic efficiency and keen sense of detection have become a staple of popular modern culture as we know it today. The Sign of Four is one of Doyle’s most well-known stories, featuring Holmes in a state of lethargy

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Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic characters in literature history, and his forensic efficiency and keen sense of detection have become a staple of popular modern culture as we know it today. The Sign of Four is one of Doyle’s most well-known stories, featuring Holmes in a state of lethargy at 221B Baker Street, where an unusual encounter soon draws his attention.

A young woman by the name of Mary Morstan visits Holmes, as he is awaken from his deep state of melancholy. The lady, whose father had vanished 10 years earlier, has now began to receive expensive gifts every year in the form of genuine pearls. As she was sent an invitation to meet her benefactor, she is inspired to ask the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusted sidekick, Doctor Watson, to accompany her.

A fascinating investigation ensues that causes Holmes to completely spring to life, finally pleased that he is offered a true challenge for a change. Readers will also be happy to find a host of unexpected developments involving Indian treasure, a love affair, and a strange figure that becomes a key factor of the plot’s unfolding events.

This is one of the more solid and well-designed Arthur Conan Doyle stories, finding the illustrious detective at his highest potential, and giving readers plenty of good reasons to try to keep up with his pursuits. Holmes also introduces one of his most famous quotes for the very first time in this story: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

While many other authors are able to create unique worlds and stories that bewilder the mind, Arthur Conan Doyle manages something far more special. He creates not only a complex, multi-layered plot that will keep you interested, but also expands on Holmes’ already existing dimensions of character, and makes him even more interesting than in previous mystery tales.

Comments

Roshani Hingorani says:

Great second novel by Sir Arthur…!!! Mary Morstan, years after her father’s disappearance in India, mysteriously starts receiving treasured gems from an unknown person who expresses interest in meeting her to disclose her father’s story. She seeks help from our very own Sherlock Holmes who, along with his trusted friend Dr. Watson, accompanies her ti to this meeting. This rendezvous subsequently leads them to a crime scene where a man is found dead in a room locked from the inside. 

Albert J. Valentino says:

A Absolute Must Read… also Kindle Version Review First of all this is a wonderful story and the second in the Holmes canon. This not a short story but a novel, actually the second novel (total of 4 novels) with the other 50+ stories being short stories. This ideally should be read second, after (where Watson and Holmes meet). Sign of Four is where Watson meets his wife but that is not the focus of the strory. After reading The Sign of…

Kat says:

Holmes & Watson a Sign of Excellence Almost 4 decades ago I read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Seeing this title offered on Kindle was a no-brainer for the first ttitle to download on my new reader & settle back & enjoy! I’m a voracious reader & revisiting these stories is like visiting an old friend! The language Conan Doyle used is like a feast and the characters are consistent and well-rounded. Why Conan Doyle was the basis for so many future mystery writers was proven again & again by plot twists & a story unfolding…

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