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Reads: The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Penguin Classics) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

rating: 4 of 5 stars

 I went through a phase in junior high were I read every single Agatha Christie that I could get my hot little hands on. That was the last time that I seriously read much from the mystery genre. I had never read any Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sure, I had heard of Sherlock Holmes (after all I don’t live in a cave) but I had never read any of his adventures.

I got a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles from my local library when I decided I wanted to read another book from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. Sure I had completed my “obligation” for the 1% Well-Read Challenge, but I’ve never met a to-read list that didn’t make me want to check off every item. It’s a sickness, I tell ya. If they say I MUST read those 1001 books before I die, I am going to try my hardest to do just that.

The Hound of the Baskervilles finds Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson investigating the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, who was found dead on the moors near his manor. Many superstitious folks believe that Baskerville was killed by a large devil-hound that according to legend haunts the Baskerville family.

He said that there were no traces upon the ground round the body. He did not observe any. but I did – some little distance off, but fresh and clear.

 “Footprints?”

“Footprints.”

“A man’s or a woman’s?”

Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered:”Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”

I enjoyed my first venture into reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  Conan Doyle did a good job of building suspense and showing the logic and genius of Sherlock Holmes as he pieced together the seemingly disparate clues.  Holmes was a background character throughout most of the book. he book is narrated by Watson who spends his time bumbling around gathering info for Mr. Holmes.  The book was an enjoyable escapist read on recent snowy December days where I could read it safely indoors with no threats of giant devil-hounds trying to kill me.

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