A Reader's Guide to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
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Doyle wrote four novellas featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, but The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been the most famous and popular. It provides high tension, mystery, the supernatural and the rational, a legend, mysterious doings in the dark, a bit of romance, an unscrupulous villain and a super-sleuth. What more could you ask for?
We all love to see good triumph over evil. Many of us enjoy an intellectual challenge and we love the illusion of reality when we are reading fiction. Sherlock Holmes’ feet are firmly planted on the pavements of 19th C London and we join him there, but he also takes us to more exotic locations.
Sherlockian scholars give this book a perfect Holmes rating of 100%. The BBC’s ‘Big Read’ poll for the UK’s best-loved novel listed it at 128 out of 200.
Join me on Dartmoor in the company of Holmes and Watson, puzzle your brains over enigmatic clues, test your deductive skills, and enjoy a great classic of the mystery genre with this fabulous book. This book establishes many of the things we take for granted in crime novels today. What debt do you think today’s crime writers owe to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Discuss this with your book group or even with me by leaving a comment below.
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