“The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Classic
Summary from Goodreads:
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 always enjoyed the idea of Sherlock Holmes and have enjoyed the various interpretations of him in media (Guy Ritchie’s movies, House MD) but I’ve never actually read a Sherlock Holmes book. I decided it was time to change that. My first experience was a decent one. I got exactly what I was expecting. Holmes and Watson have quick and sometimes witty discussions. They pick up on things I never would have noticed. Holmes pieces everything together.
The mystery was decent enough. It wasn’t totally engrossing, keep-me-on-the-edge-of-my-seat interesting but I still liked it well enough. I think my problem was I was really inconsistent in my reading. I read it on and off over 2 weeks. That doesn’t help me remember things and it makes it a lot harder to pick the book back up.
I didn’t totally click with the book unfortunately. The book wasn’t bad by any means, I just didn’t enjoy it. Maybe I should have started at the beginning of the series?
The bottom line? I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to but it’s still a solid book. Maybe next time I’ll try The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes since short stories are a bit easier to digest.