* May contain spoilers
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was published as a serialized story in The Strand Magazine between August 1901 and to April 1902. In this adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the apparent curse on the Baskerville family of Dartmoor which includes a legend about a deal with the devil and a bloodthirsty hellhound. Creepy!
Joining Unputdownables for a group reading of the Hound of the Baskervilles (funny I always thought it was the Hounds of Baskerville) was a no-brainer. I have loved Sherlock Holmes since childhood and became reacquainted with the legendary detective earlier this year when I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Again, I have to wonder who selected the classic books for my Kobo ereader, as there are 5 books by Sir Conan Doyle on the list of 100, including 4 about Sherlock Holmes!
My initial impression of the story is we’re in for a treat. I’m on the edge of my seat right away as Holmes and Watson learn about the Baskerville curse and the recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville. Hours later we meet Sir Henry Baskerville, the last remaining heir to Baskerville Hall who doesn’t seem able to keep track of his boots and has received a mysterious arts and craft project warning him to stay away from Dartmoor. Holmes and Watson discover Sir Henry is being followed and Holmes decides Watson should accompany Henry to Baskerville Hall.
In the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes is as droll as ever, and razor sharp. His observations, put-downs, praises … all are eloquent masterpieces. How can you not get a kick out of this character! Watson is still the straight man, but I like the contrast of his calm, rational temperament to the eccentricity of Holmes. Better still, I like that our heroes are separated in this story and it is Watson’s investigation in Dartmoor that we follow.
Can’t wait to find out what happens next week!