I have come to know Sherlock Holmes from the TV show and movie adaptations of the remarkable fictional detective. The Hound of the Baskervilles was my first encounter with Sherlock on print. I did not know what to expect when reading this book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I was curious to find out what he had to offer; I was not disappointed.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, is another chapter in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in which they take on the mystery of the Baskerville family, which for over generations has been plagued by a familial curse. Terror brings on a fatal heart attack to Sir Charles Baskerville , which leads most to believe that a hell-hound that killed a member of the family Sir Hugo Baskerville years ago, is back. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are tasked with uncovering the mystery behind this curse; is it supernatural or a human force? and when the last heir of the Baskerville estate Henry Baskerville is warned to stay away from the moor where the family estate is located , the mystery thickens.
The book is an interesting read and provided me with the reason as to why Sherlock Holmes is one of the most riveting fictional detective ever written. The various pieces placed in the story had me shuffling around trying to fit them together before Sherlock figured it out; working alongside him and Watson. This is something I do in all mystery novels; try to solve the mystery before the end of the book. In the case of this particular book, I was not able to and found myself gasping, laughing and wide-eyed as Sherlock put the pieces of the puzzle together, solving the mystery.
The story presents the idea of logic vs. superstition during the era in which it was published . It lays out an interesting narrative about the conversation that happened in the period it was written in, about superstition, lacing it with themes of greed, displacement, entitlement, appearances vs. reality and jealousy.
The use of language to create a compelling and mesmerizing setting within a well-structured prose, is exceptionally done by the writer. The story line and the overall use of language to create vivid and intriguing imagery , are all elements that function together to create a masterpiece, and a timeless narrative.