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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Mar 04, 11

bookshelves: classics, detective
Read in February, 2011

Enjoyable period piece. Miss Morstan presents Sherlock with a problem. On the 4th May 1882 an advertisement appeared in The Times asking for her whereabouts. On replying she received a large pearl, and on each subsequent anniversary another pearl (6 in all). She had now received a letter asking for a meeting. The plot involves hidden treasure, murder, betrayal, murder in a 'locked-room', revenge and a chase. In keeping with the period and Empire, India features prominantly. Sherlock sorts it all out and Watson falls in love. What more can one ask for?
Oh yes, Sherlock's irregulars headed by Wiggins do play a (minor) part, while Athelney Jones of the Yard makes a complete hash of matters, while ultimately taking all the credit for solving the mystery.
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