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I’ve always been drawn to Sherlock Holmes stories and adaptations of those stories (including BBC’s Sherlock which I’m completely obsessed with), though I’ve never actually read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. Last week, I read my first every Sherlock Holmes book: The Hounds of Baskerville.

Of course if you follow the 2011 BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, you know that they adapted Hounds of Baskerville in the second season, so I was already very familiar with the story. I had downloaded most of the Sherlock novels on my Kobo Vox because they’re free, so one day, as I had nothing else to read, I decided to give Hounds of Baskerville a go.

And I really liked it. It was really short, which I found surprising, as I thought it would be longer. It’s told in the perspective of Dr. John Watson – formatted as though he is writing in a journal or writing letters to tell the story.

It’s a mystery that takes place on Dartmoor in Devon, England. An attempted murder has occurred, inspired by a family legend of a large, fearsome hound. In this story, the hound does exist and its owner turns out to be an unknown relative of the Baskerville family who came to Devon to get his inheritance any way he can.

It is a very creepy, Gothic story that reminded me of the Bronte sisters since there’s such an emphasis on the moor and events that happen on the moor. It is a desolate, barren place that a hound inhabits. We follow what happens, but of course it is Sherlock Holmes who deciphers the mystery and brings the truth to light.

Rating:

{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{x} Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 13 out of 60