TITLE: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
AUTHOR: SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
GENRE: CRIME FICTION
COVER TYPE: E-BOOK
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The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumours of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry – who has travelled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, which Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . .
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a free e-book from www.kobo.com. It’s the third Sherlock Holmes novel.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was adapted for Radio 4 as a series. It’s been adapted more than 20 times for film and television.
HIGHLIGHTS: I really liked the twists and turns Conan Doyle took me on as I read The Hound of the Baskervilles. Is the legend of the hound real? How did Sir Charles Baskerville really die? Who or what is living in secrecy on the moors? What’s the meaning of the strange lights at night? Is the Baskerville curse real or just a rumour? Who or what’s taken Sir Henry Baskerville’s belongings? Conan Doyle has great skill at building suspense and mystery and leading the reader down the garden path. I thought The Hound of the Baskervilles was great because of this. I’ve read too many books where the author insists on telling the reader every pointless detail until there are no twists, turns or surprises left. I liked the revelation that the hound was real, although not quite the supernatural spectre of the legendary curse.
LOWLIGHTS: It took me a while to get into The Hound of the Baskervilles. The first 20-30% contains a ridiculous amount of dialogue with Holmes, Dr Watson, and Dr Mortimer discusses the strange death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the alleged curse. I just wanted them to shut up and get on with the story.
THE OPENING LINE
Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was seated at the breakfast table…
I really enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles although it took a while to get into. It certainly held my attention. I also have a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories on my Kobo that I want to read some day.