Sherlock: The Sign of Four

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A tie-in edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes novel, with a new introduction from the team behind the hit BBC series.
The hit BBC series Sherlock offers a fresh, contemporary take on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, and has helped introduce a whole new generation of fans to the legendary detective.
In this TV tie-in edition to the ...

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A tie-in edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes novel, with a new introduction from the team behind the hit BBC series.
The hit BBC series Sherlock offers a fresh, contemporary take on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, and has helped introduce a whole new generation of fans to the legendary detective.
In this TV tie-in edition to the classic novel, Sherlock and Dr Watson receive a visit from Mary Morsten, who offers up a particularly cryptic puzzle for them to solve. Her father went missing six years ago and since then she has received a pearl for every year he has not re-appeared. Now, the treasure's sender has requested a meeting and she would like Sherlock and Watson to accompany her. Finding the mystery benefactor is only the start of this adventure, that puts Sherlock and Watson hot on the trail of cold-blooded killers and thieves, and a lost Indian fortune.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849904049
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 297,518
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He trained as a doctor at Edinburgh University and it was during this time that he witnessed methods of diagnosis that would later inspire Sherlock Holmes' astonishing methods of deduction. A Study in Scarlet was Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel, published in 1887, but it was The Sign of Four, published in 1890, that catapulted him to worldwide fame. From 1891 he wrote short stories about the immortal detective for The Strand magazine. He attempted to kill off Sherlock Holmes in 1893, in The Final Problem, but was forced to revive him after thousands of complaints. Conan Doyle died in 1930 having written two more Sherlock Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear, both serialized in The Strand, and a total of 56 short stories. Not only the master of popular crime fiction, he also wrote the best-selling science fiction novel, The Lost World from the Professor Challenger series.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014


    If you know the show "Sherlock" chances are you'll agree with me. BBC has really outdone themselves this time, (this coming from a girl who prefers ABC over any TV channel, barely knows BBC, and is amazed at the awesomeness this show LIVES) creating a modernized Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson in the age of the Internet. I'm betting we all expected him to have no idea how to use most things modern, to try and stick to the books where virtually that would be impossible. But Steve Moffat, Mark Grues (sp?), Benedict Cumberpatch, Martin Freeman, and BBC's amazing "Sherlock" team have made it possible. Sherlock (played by the amazayn Benedict Cumberpatch) is highly in tune with the rest of the world, using Internet and sending multiple texts. In fact, my favorite moments so far have been 1) his first ever introduction to the series, (I believe), sending several "Wrong!" texts to a police/reporter meeting with the initials SH. You'll know immediately it's Holmes, but it will make you wonder if it is Sherlock, or someone with those initials. Because of course, how in the world could Sherlock Holmes know how to text, especially a massive text, when he is supposedly modernized? But it is proven again and again he has a master knowledge of anything technological. Another favorite moment of mine 2) is when he tells Watson (Martin Freeman) he "confiscates" Watson's laptop when he wants to use it. I always find that hilarious, because Watson has no idea what to say, and I'm thinking "Friends should share." You might think, (I certainly did) that all this modernizing might take away from Sherlock, make him shallow, making no point to watch it. In fact, you'll be surprised and excited to find he hasn't changed at all, really. Steve [Moffat] and his directors write Sherlock, making his character; Benedict [Cumberpatch] gives Sherlock that annoying, but lovable, bluntness and ignorance of being social, that opens our eyes to Sherlock's world; Martin [Freeman] lends depth and reality to Sherlock, making him a real, modern-day hero who can relate to us all (even if most of the time we're average-minded). I fell in love with this show, and it can be dark at times, but that only shows you how dedicated the "Sherlock" team is to making an amazing, even awe-inspiring show for that old friend we want to hear and see again. Other of my favorite parts from the show include 1) Sherlock shooting at the wall, 2) crashing in through the window during his supposed sucide fall/jump and kissing Molly and then just walking away, 3) after the wedding, putting on his coat and just walking away, 4) when Sherlock informs the man, who came to him for advice on being a groom, he is a “highly-functioning sociopath who has your number.” His grin thereafter made me laugh hysterically. 5) When Watson tells him “you like being Sherlock Holmes”. 6) He's running through the streets of London with a gun (now you don't see that every day!). 7) He tells DI Lestrade he needs help, then looking up and saying “I hope you didn't go to any lengths” and sitting with his laptop while maximum police force is waiting on a nonexsistant emergancy to happen. These next ones aren't my favorite parts, but I cried when they happened, because they had become my best friends. (So what? I'm crazy.) When Sherlock jumps off the building, and when he is exiled to die.
    Plus, I loved when he and Mycroft had a talk on Christmas at their parents. His reactions were hilarious!!!!! ~Nyla~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013


    I really hope season 3 comes out soon! Why Moffat whyyyyyyyyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Amazing show

    Just brilliant! Cant wait for season 3!!!!!

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