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The Sign of the Four Kindle Edition
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|Kindle, 8 November 2013||
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At the farthest reaches of the British empire, four men swear an oath to keep a terrible secret, a secret drenched in blood which is the key to immense wealth. In order to unlock the secret, Holmes and Watson accompany a beautiful young woman on a quest which leads them through the dark heart of London to a one-legged man, a mysterious and terrifying creature, and an incredible tale of greed and revenge. A lavish BBC dramatization featuring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams in the classic partnership of Holmes and Watson. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00GMWIMAK
- Publisher : Start Classics (8 November 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 338 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 90 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1502484935
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His powers of deduction are legend but Im not sure why. In the first two stories his deduction skills take a backseat to his impressive general knowledge. And I find that much less exciting and satisfying.
It is hard for me to avoid comparing two of the world’s most famous mystery writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie. And for me the master is obvious. Doyle’s tales are entertaining and rich is historic context, but Christie’s novels create an excitement in the reader that Holmes cannot touch. Christie allows the reader to gather clues and make educated guesses. It is so satisfying to deduce the murderer in Poirot novels - and it’s frankly equally fulfilling to be fooled by Christie’s genius. With Holmes, that’s not on the cards and I find the stories less engaging because of that.
I probably wouldn’t bother with a third Holmes, if it weren’t for the fact that the next is The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I am led to believe is one of the best.
Top reviews from other countries
This is my second Sherlock book now, and my current assessment would be that it can sometimes be hard to be motivated to read them, but once you get going, they are hard to put down.
A fun story, and will definitely continue with the Sherlock cannon!
The story was actually shorter than I had expected but it allowed for the action to move swiftly, for Sherlock to display his detecting skills and show off a little, and let us get to know Watson and the beginning of his relationship with Mary Marsten.
For my first foray into Arthur Conan Doyle's writing, The Sign of Four was a great read. Full of mystery and intrigue, stolen gold and mysterious thieves who can vanish without a trace.
I'll definitely be looking up more Sherlock Holmes stories at some point.
The real star is Toby the Hound sniffing his way across the entire Greater London area. Enjoyable read let down by the final, lugubrious, exposition chapter.