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The Sign of Four


Gripping and ingeniously plotted, this Sherlock Holmes novel is also an important document of late-Victorian imperialism. Arthur Conan Doyle's second ... Show synopsis

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A Cryptic Message And Much More

by FanOfTimeLifeBooks on Aug 29, 2009

The Sign of Four (also known as The Sign of the Four) is one of four Sherlock Holmes novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). While most of the events of this 1890 novel take place in London, many events related to the story take place in India at the time of the Sepoy Rebellion of the late 1850s. Numerous elements of a good mystery story are intertwined in this fast-moving novel: an unexplained disappearance, a cryptic message, a hidden treasure, the use of a dog to track the scent of the murderer, a thrilling boat chase on the Thames River, and exotic Indian locations. In the first few pages of the book, we also learn about the qualities which make the ideal detective. In a conversation with Doctor Watson, Holmes states that knowledge, the ability to make deductions, and the power of observation are the three qualities necessary for the ideal detective. While I liked The Hound of the Baskervilles better, I did enjoy reading The Sign of Four and I highly recommend it.

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