Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

As part of on online Future Learn course that I completed over lockdown, I was asked to read this short story. I was thrilled as I have been meaning to start reading Sherlock Holmes for a while now. I love the TV and film adaptations and it was time that I started reading the books!

This is the second Sherlock Holmes story, but I don’t think that that matters. It introduces the main characters; Sherlock Holmes and John Watson well so you don’t feel as if you have missed anything out by not reading the first book.

It was only a short book (which was good in terms of needing to read it for a course!) which surprised me, however such a lot happened. Throughout the story new bits of information kept coming to light and so as the reader you were kept guessing as to what was going to happen next and who the murderer could possibly be.

It was also interesting in the way it was written. It was written from the view of Watson, so as a reader it compelled you to be in awe of Holmes’ intelligence and his ability to see things that the ordinary person couldn’t. The text also gave you an idea of what London was like in that time period and how people behaved towards eachother. 

A good story if you don’t have a lot of time to sit and read, or even if you do!

Rated 4/5

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