by Arthur Conan Doyle

Reviewer Rating:


Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my understanding of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson was "elementary" at best.

It met all my expectations for a solid, whodunit story with twists and intellect, memorable characters, and settings that fill the senses.  There were a few surprises.  I never realized that Watson narrated the vast majority of the Holmes stories and was a little put off by Holmes treatment of him.  While Holmes commends Watson as a great friend, he seems to constantly question his skills and abilities.  Also I found the inclusion of spiritual elements mixed with Holmes's strict rationalism to add an interesting tension in the story.  Doyle seemed to wrestle with these seemingly opposed forces in his own life and you can see it playing out in his writings

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