The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and follows the story of a legendary curse that haunts the line of barons who occupy Baskerville House. After the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, perhaps from the curse of a legendary villainous hound of supernatural origin hat haunts the Baskerville line.   Sir Henry Baskerville as the last living heir employs Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to uncover the truth behind the curse and uncover a diabolical plan or murder and attempted murder!

I was most looking forward to this story, and I enjoyed every page. It employed a different tactic in the telling of the story which places Dr. Watson in the centre of the action the mystery being told entirely from his point of view, which I also really enjoyed!   Watson is sent to Baskerville mansion located in the vicinity of Dartmoor, a sterile, marshy, and threatening landscape that completely swallows you up and evokes an atmosphere of gloom and danger. The rich characters tell not only the story but a side and a spin of story that gave me the feeling that much more was going on than what was being told in the story. The Hound of the Baskervilles is an exciting book full of themes like good and evil; natural and supernatural; truth and fantasy; classism, hierarchy, and entitlement. It is a charming book which from start to end is complete entertainment.  It focuses on character and mood to convey a tale rather than plot twists and turns!


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