The Sign Of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Sign of Four is the second Sherlock Holmes novel. It centres around a young Miss Mary Morstan who is looking for help to find her father. He has been missing for several years, but recently she has been receiving rare pearls from a mysterious benefactor. Now Miss Morstan has a note requesting her presence if she wants to find out what happens to her father.
I really enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet so it was little surprise that I loved this one too. What I mostly enjoy is the unique voice that ‘Dr Watson’ provides in his narration. It has a lovely flow and it made me pay attention to every single word. This is one of the few books I have read in a day. Some aspects of the crime I found predictable but overall I enjoyed ‘the chase’.
It will be interesting reading further books in the series to see whether it has the same template where nothing happens, there is a crime, Sherlock goes off doing detective work, they chase the criminal, capture them and then the criminal gives his side of events.
Original Publication: 1890
Publisher: BBC Books
Edition Published: 2012