Title: The Sign of the Four
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Series: Sherlock Holmes #2
From Goodreads: As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman – Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation – which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair – even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, ‘Isn’t it gorgeous!’
This was a fun read and a lot more familiar feel to the Sherlock Holmes we have become familiar with from movies and TV. We get a lot of insight into Sherlock’s methodologies and deductions as Watson follows along on a very curious case, that takes us all over London and the world. It also features Toby the Dog and the irregulars, as well as a boat chase down the Themes it definitely has something for everyone.