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From the son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and one of America's greatest mystery writers, John Dickson Carr, comes twelve riveting tales based on incidents or elements of the unsolved cases of Sherlock Holmes. The plots are all new, with painstaking attention to the mood, tone, and detail of the original stories. Here is a fascinating volume of mysteries for new Sherlock fans, as well as for those who have read all the classics and crave more!
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gramercy (May 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517203383
- ISBN-13: 978-0517203385
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
Really only for the completest
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Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, is bored. And when he’s bored he injects himself with one of two types of drugs–cocaine or morphine. His housemate and biographer, Dr Watson, hates to see the genius in such a state so when Mary Morstan turns up at 221B Baker Street with a puzzling case he is relieved. Relieved, and other things. Miss Morstan is rather fetching.
Still a great action mystery
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Of the novels, The Hound of the Baskerville is the best, but this runs a close second. It contains many of the passages which gave us the clearest idea of Holmes - who finds emotion clouds the mind, and 'cannot congratulate' Watson on his marriage for that reason. There's a vehicle chase (the steamers on the Thames) and secret treasures and distinctive, often grotesque characters and Conan Doyle's evocative descriptions of London and landscapes. The scene with Toby the dog on the hunt for a diminutive murderer and how that ends up is still one of my favourite passages, ending as it does with laughter.
the Sign of Four is the second of the Sherlock Holmes novel by the inimitable Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of Four is the second of the four Sherlock Holmes novels to be published. it first appeared in magazine and book form in 1890. The story revolves around the theft of valuable jewels whose original provenance was in India. The plot is relatively simple and straightforward. One night a young beautiful blonde woman named Mary Morstan appears at 221 B Baker Street. A decade previous to her visit, her father Captain Morstan disappeared. Now Mary wants Holmes and Watson to locate his Indian fellow soldier Major Sholtoe. The major his dead but his two sons are still alive and in London. Holmes and Watson seek them out and this quest begins the adventure. Sholtoe is based on the real life playwright, poet and essayist the outré Oscar Wilde who knew Doyle. The plot culminates in an exciting sea chase down the Thames River. In this book Holmes kills a person which is the only time this occurs n the Holmes novels and short stories. Dr. Watson falls in love with Mary Marston and the two plan on wedded bless. The book begins with Holmes reaching for a seven percent solution of cocaine and ends with him enjoying the drug.
Great second novel by Sir Arthur...!!!
Mary Morstan, years after her father's disappearance in India, mysteriously starts receiving treasured gems from an unknown person who expresses interest in meeting her to disclose her father's story. She seeks help from our very own Sherlock Holmes who, along with his trusted friend Dr. Watson, accompanies her ti to this meeting. This rendezvous subsequently leads them to a crime scene where a man is found dead in a room locked from the inside.
A Absolute Must Read... also Kindle Version Review
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First of all this is a wonderful story and the second in the Holmes canon. This not a short story but a novel, actually the second novel (total of 4 novels) with the other 50+ stories being short stories. This ideally should be read second, after
Holmes & Watson a Sign of Excellence
Almost 4 decades ago I read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Seeing this title offered on Kindle was a no-brainer for the first ttitle to download on my new reader & settle back & enjoy! I'm a voracious reader & revisiting these stories is like visiting an old friend! The language Conan Doyle used is like a feast and the characters are consistent and well-rounded. Why Conan Doyle was the basis for so many future mystery writers was proven again & again by plot twists & a story unfolding piece by piece in little glimpses of the whole picture. The Sign of the Four evokes many historic circumstances not in our "evolved" world - the caste system of india and the genteel timing of Watson's romance with Miss Marsden that shows the caste system alive in Britain as well. The real fun for me was figuring out the twists ahead of Sherlock! If you love Sherlock & Watson, Victorian England, and plot meanderings read this and escape!
Another fabulous Holmes mystery
This is just another example of the unique style and masterful mystique of the brilliance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The plot of this story is very involved and shrouded in total mystery. Every twist and turn keeps you guessing who did what and why . I was happy to see that we were made privy as to how and where the good Doctor Watson met his wife . All in all, another masterpiece by the truly great writer of this wonderful series.
Doyle is a classic
Arthur Conan Doyle is classic for a reason. (How I escaped ever reading any of his writings at my advanced age, I can't say, but I have read him now.)
... read and was surprised as to how much I enjoyed it --- and is only 156 pages so I ...
This is the first Sherlock Holmes mystery I have ever read and was surprised as to how much I enjoyed it --- and is only 156 pages so I probably read it in four hours – I enjoyed his idiosyncrasies (morphine, cocaine, pipe smoking, violin playing, general impatience) and his companion Watson and how they often disagreed but still got the job done basically because of Holmes but truly an enjoyable read!