The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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A dense yellow fog swirls in the streets of London as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson accompany a beautiful young woman to a sinister assignation. Since her father vanished, Mary Marston has received a perfect large pearl—one a year for the last six years—and now a mystery letter telling her she is a wronged woman. Sherlock uncovers a tale of treachery and human greed that ranges from penal settlements on the Andaman Islands to the opium-fueled violence of Agra Fort during the Indian mutiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444806984
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) produced more than 30 books, 150 short stories, poems, plays and essays across a wide range of genres. His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England


Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

Table of Contents

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Sign of Four

Appendix A: Domestic Contexts

  1. From Havelock Ellis, The Criminal (1890)
  2. From Cesare Lombroso, The Man of Genius (1891)

Appendix B: Colonial Contexts: Accounts of the Indian “Mutiny,” 1857–58

  1. From Sir William Muir, Agra in the Mutiny and the Family Life of W. & E.H. Muir in the Fort, 1857: A Sketch for their Children (1896)
  2. From Sir William Muir, Agra Correspondence during the Mutiny (1898)
  3. From James P. Grant, The Christian Soldier: Memorials of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (1858)
  4. From Rev. Frederick S. Williams, General Havelock and Christian Soldiership (1858)
  5. From Mrs. R.M. Coopland, A Lady’s Escape from Gwalior and Life in Agra Fort during the Mutinies of 1857 (1859)
  6. From Sir J.W. Kaye and G.B. Malleson, The History of the Indian Mutiny of 1857–8 (1888–89)

Appendix C: Colonial Contexts: The First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars

  1. From Sir Henry Havelock, Narrative of the War in Affghanistan, 1838–9 (1840)
  2. From Lady Florentia Sale, A Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841–2 (1843)
  3. From J.W. Kaye, History of the War in Afghanistan. From the Unpublished Letters and Journals of Political and Military Officers Employed in Afghanistan throughout the Entire Period of British Connexion with that Country (1851)
  4. From “The Murder of Lord Mayo,” The Times (15 April 1872)

Appendix D: Colonial Contexts: The Andaman Islands

  1. “The Andaman Islands, A Penal Settlement for India,” letter to the editor of The Times (11 November 1857)
  2. From Frederic J. Mouat, Adventures and Researches Among the Andaman Islanders (1863)
  3. From the Annual Report on the Settlement of Port Blair and the Nicobars for the Year 1872–3 (1873)
  4. From “The Andamans Penal Settlement,” The Times (13 February 1872)
  5. From “The Andaman Settlements: From Our Own Correspondent,” The Times (26 December 1873)
  6. From the Annual Report on the Settlement of Port Blair and the Nicobars for the Year 1873–4 (1874)
  7. From Edward Horace Man, On the Aboriginal Inhabitants of the Andaman Islands (1884)
  8. From Maurice Vidal Portman, A History of Our Relations with the Andamanese. Compiled from Histories and Travels, and from the Records of the Government of India (1899)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews

  1. Anon., “Magazines for February,” Liverpool Mercury (5 February 1890)
  2. Anon., “Notes on Novels,” Dublin Review (April 1890)
  3. Anon., “Novels of the Week,” The Athenaeum (6 December 1890)
  4. Anon., “New Novels,” The Academy (13 December 1890)
  5. Anon., “A Batch of Novels,” Liverpool Mercury (24 December 1890)
  6. Anon., “New Novels,” The Graphic (7 February 1891)
  7. Anon., “Review of Books,” The Cape Illustrated Magazine (1 October 1894)
  8. Anon., The Cape Illustrated Magazine (1 November 1894)
  9. From Andrew Lang, “The Novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” The Quarterly Review (July 1904)

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The Sign of Four 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It only downloaded through page 66, then it stops--in the middle of the story!
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Yes, in this case you do get what you pay for. I downloaded it twice, and the "text" is all random numbers and symbols.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
An excellent mystery with a boat chase that matches no other.
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ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Drug use pretty daring, funny, original.
marsap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is set in 1887. The Sign of Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts and two corrupt prison guards. The "mystery" was interesting, but what I really enjoyed about this book is watching Holmes use his powers of deduction--always a pleasure! Highly recommended-4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me this second Sherlock Holmes novel is what defines a classic. By no means is Doyle the master stylist of a Thomas Hardy or Oscar Wilde, and I'm not going to claim there are profound insights into the human condition, but this novel wears its age very lightly indeed. There are books written decades later that feel far more dated, and the few times anything in it feel the slightest bit old fashioned, it lends it more the piquant flavor of the Victorian Age than anything that feels like a flaw. This is a fun, fast read--barely novel length, only 12 chapters and barely over 40 thousand words and along with its mystery and adventure even provides a soupçon of romance. I don't think this is as good as The Hound of the Baskervilles, the most famous Sherlock Holmes story and novel, but it's holds up well compared to the first, A Study in Scarlet and there's so much here that makes Holmes such an immortal character. There are his brilliant deductions such as his tour de force with Watson's watch, there's his sense of humor that ameliorates his sometimes cold ratiocination, his flare for the dramatic seen in his revelation of his disguises, and even his flaws like his addiction (or close to it) for cocaine, which is highlighted here at the beginning and end of the novel. So much here made me smile. The Holmesian aphorism: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." The Baker Street Irregulars. Toby the master tracker, a mongrel that's a mix of spaniel, collie and greyhound. The exotic mix of things from the height of the British Raj, which includes nothing less than hidden treasure to be found. I don't know that I'd recommend this as an introduction to Sherlock Holmes. I'd point someone first perhaps to the collection of short stories The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or the best Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, or even the first novel, A Study in Scarlet. But certainly if you've already discovered you love Sherlock Holmes, you shouldn't be disappointed in The Sign of Four.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Never read this one before, same as with study in scarlet... i had only read the short stories when i was younger. This had the same kind of flashback sectioin, only it was a story told by a character as opposed to a full on flashback with a different narrator...
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sign of Four brings in a lot of character development and description - we get to see Watson and Holmes' famous friendship (such as when they are led to a complete dead-end by a dog who has gotten on the wrong track) as well as find out more of Watson's personal history. I also quite like the narrative voice, as Watson can be quite the charmer at times, though occasionally melodramatic, an opinion with which I'm sure Sherlock would agree. The long exposition at the end, though it didn't drag nearly as much as Jefferson Hope's, was still a bit tedious compared to the adventures leading up to it.
Milda-TX on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Sherlock Holmes read. The characters of Holmes and Watson were more fun than I imagined they'd be! But, the story got over-long, even tho the book itself is tiny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(The sign of four) is even better than (A study in scarlet), like I said before, Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in history, I wish I could have lived at that time in history and been a detective in the mid to late 1800's in either New York or London.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sign of Four was very entertaining and gave me much more insight into the inner workings of Sherlock and his relationship with Watson. Sherlock had a mind that was so in tune with solving puzzles and meeting challenges of mystery and intrigue. For anyone who loves the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, I believe you'll enjoy this captivating read.
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For some reason my purchase only included the freaking sample what a rip off!
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The mistakes were annoying and everywhere. They were such silly mistakes too.
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Good book but i guess the format was off and it had alo of typing issues
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