The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?
I’ve never really thought of reading a Sherlock Holmes book before, but when I saw that it was the May read for the Unputdownables book club, I jumped at the chance to read a book by this author. When I told my daughter I was reading it she said, “I love that book, it’s one of my favorites”!
I love the way Holmes picks up on the tiniest thing, things nobody else notices. Also, the language and humor “Would you have any objection to my running my finger along your parietal fissure? A cast of your skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament to any anthropological museum. It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”, kept me wanting more. The story didn’t have a dull moment from the first paragraph to the last.
My favorite genre is mystery and usually I have an idea or two of who done it semi early in a book. Not so with this book. There are so many things that sound like they’re clues, and there were a lot of suspects, but nothing solid enough that I could make a guess, let alone know for sure.
There was a great mix of characters, each one with their own quirks and secrets and I loved them all, even the not so nice ones. I’m so glad I found this book club in time for this book! I liked it so much that I found it very very hard not to keep reading when I finished what we were supposed to read for that week.
I would recommended this book to anyone who hasn’t read it, and as a re-read for those who have!