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The story is about Sir Henry Baskerville and the legend connected with his family of a vicious dog that hunts and kills members of the Baskerville family. After Sir Henry’s relative, Sir Charles Baskerville, is found dead with a look of horror on his face and with huge animal footprints in the ground beside him, Sir Henry asks Sherlock for help. Dr Watson goes to stay at Baskerville Hall in order to report back to Sherlock Holmes in London, and the two have to decide whether there is such a fierce monstrous dog or whether it is all just a superstition.

This was a great story, very tense with several scenes on the lonely dark moorland and chilling baying noises being heard, and the descriptions of the monster dog are very dramatic and gripping; I found myself turning the pages faster and faster.

The surrounding of Dartmoor was very atmospheric with its darkness, fog, lonely desolated setting, and dangerous bogs that suck an unwary person to their death, and Dartmoor almost seemed like a character in its own right.

It was also of interest to note that this book features Dr Watson on the scene more than Sherlock and he plays more of a main part than he usually does, discovering facts and applying his theories to them.

I enjoyed this book; I prefer longer Sherlock Holmes stories to shorter ones, and I love the way the books always keep you guessing yet you really have little chance of solving the mystery yourself. The plot and suspects are typically convoluted but I love this aspect of Conan Doyle novels. (I was also fascinated by the picture of the Hound of the Baskervilles on the front cover as he looks remarkably like my huge black dog who’s part Newfoundland and part Mastiff – I think if I took him to Dartmoor we’d cause a bit of stir, although he couldn’t be less like the Baskerville hound!)