|Posted by BookGirl on August 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This book is "written" by Dr. Watson, friend of Sherlock Holmes. He assists Holmes on his many cases and documents them. It begins when Dr. Mortimer, a country doctor, arrives to tell Holmes a mysterious story.....
Sir Charles Baskerville had moved back into his family's home with a great deal of money. An old family legend told of a hellhound, a large dog who killed Baskervilles to atone for the murderous deed of old Hugo Baskerville, many generations back. Sir Charles is terrified of the dog. He goes out for a walk and is found later dead of heart faliure, supposedly from fear of finally seeing the hellhound.
Now the heir has moved into the Baskerville home, and he is being shadowed by someone evil. Dr. Watson joins the heir, sending reports back to Holmes. Many people are suspect, even the butler. (The butler, surprisingly, did NOT do it!)
Holmes and Watson must put the clues together and find the criminal before the heir is torn apart by the Hound of the Baskervilles.
This is a really good book, suspenseful and well written. Because of subject material and fancy language, I would say this book is for readers 11 and up, depending on their vocabulary skills. This is a Sherlock Holmes classic and a must-read.