The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third Sherlock Holmes story, in which Holmes and Watson are presented with a baffling mystery which is half murder and half horror story.
The book opens with a simple puzzle over who has left a stick in the apartment which Holmes and Watson share and Watson practising his own deductive skills. As the background of the case unfolds the challenge for Holmes becomes apparent, and Watson is given his first responsibility to travel to Dartmoor with Henry Baskerville and guard him from harm.
This does not disappoint as a detective story. The red herrings and unclear motives allow the true culprit to be revealed only in the last few pages, and I found the book difficult to put down until all the loose ends had been tied.
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