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The Hound of the Baskervilles

hound of the Baskervilleby Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

So I have now read possibly the most famous detective story in the English language – The Hound of the Baskervilles. This is only the second of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories I have read and I must admit I was sceptical at first, but very soon found myself totally engrossed in the mystery. However, I still find I have little liking for Sherlock himself. I find the character to be arrogant and self obsessed. Conversely  Dr Watson is a very amiable and likeable charter who’s devotion to Holmes is find difficult to understand.

Centred around the mystery surrounding the unexplained death of Charles Baskerville and the immediate threat to his heir, Henry, Dr Watson travels down to Devon, the home of the Baskervilles, to watch over their new client and to find out as much as he can about the legend of the hound. Sherlock is absent for much of the story, leaving Dr Watson to piece things together in his own way.

Unlike many other similar books I felt I had enough of the facts to work out the majority of the mystery myself, with just enough held back to leave me unsure of how it would all unfold.

Conan Doyle certainly knows how to keep his readers interested and I will certainly be reading more