One of my reading goals for 2019 is to read more classics. Last year I planned to read a huge pile of classics but unfortunately only ended up reading a handful of books in this category. This year I’m determined to read as many of my classics as I can. The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is my second classic novel of the year. It features the wonderfully eccentric, brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson.
The last time I read a Sherlock Holmes story was a very long time ago and I’m not sure I ever read this one. The Hounds of the Baskervilles is a mystery involving a family curse and a legendary and fearsome hound which may or may not be real and could be responsible for a man’s death. The action takes place first in London and then in the treacherous moorlands of Devon. Dr Watson is the narrator of this tale.
It’s a short story that has plenty of twists and turns. I had forgotten how entertaining Sherlock Holmes is as a character. He’s incredibly intelligent but lacking in social niceties. I have no idea how Watson puts up with him. There are plenty of interesting characters in this short tale and plot twists that caught me by surprise.
It took me a little while to get into this story because I really needed to concentrate to take in all the detail. But it was well worth putting my phone and other distractions away so I could enjoy this novel. I plan to read more Sherlock Holmes books in the future.
Verdict: A short but fun classic featuring the iconic Holmes and Watson.
Have you read any Sherlock Holmes stories?