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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Feb 29, 12

Read in February, 2012

This is the second Sherlock Holmes book the author wrote and also the second Sherlock Holmes book I’ve read, after “The Study in Scarlet”. Like Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Holmes’ adventures reveal the genius behind the detective, and I'm suitably impressed by the sleuthing, analysis and eventual deduction made by Holmes. I also notice that in both books, there’s always a pompous local police officer who overestimates himself and underestimates Holmes, and his overconfidence in solving the crime and eagerness to claim credit provide the humour in an otherwise serious novel. There’s also romance in this book, where (view spoiler), and an action sequence that could rival those in contemporary novels!

Like “The Study in Scarlet”, this book gives a backstory at the end to wrap up the who, what, why, when and how of the crime committed. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I expected. The book’s not to blame – I think I had set my expectations too high!

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