Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles: with The Adventrue of the Speckled Band (1901-02) (Broadview Editions)The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Conan Doyle

So, this was my very first Sherlock Holmes novel. Holmes and Watson are off to the countryside to investigate a death that looks like an ancient curse come to roost. In revenge for an ancient wrong, the Hound of the Baskervilles will bring death to whomever owns Baskervilles Hall. The latest was found dead, apparently of freight, with large animal prints all around him. His heir would like answers before taking possession. Holmes is very skeptical of such things and he explores the marshes and moors to discover the truth...

I really liked this! It was very fun because one of my regulars had this on her summer reading log and I was like, wait, I just read that, too! That was one of my few adult books, but you're 12! (Not that it isn't an appropriate title for a strong reader of that age like she is, but when I finally read an adult book but can only discuss it with a child? The irony amused me.)

But it's nice and spooky and atmospheric and an excellent mystery. While I still enjoyed it while reading it in June at the optometrist, it would be an excellent book for a late fall or winter night. I love how Holmes riddles things out and keeps Watson in the dark the whole time. I must read more!

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1 comment:

Shelley said...

I just finished this one last week. Sherlock just cracks me up the way he handles things!