Sherlock Holmes, the famous private consulting detective, was a creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle back in 1890s and early 1900s. The fictional character was brought to life again in the current BBC TV series and movies dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. If not for them, I would not have read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. His famous classic of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, first published in 1902 some 110 years ago, was a delightful read. The English Language used was quaint and full of character of that era. I could not do justice to the author by rushing through the book to get to the end of an engaging detective story. It took careful reading to appreciate the beautiful language employed by the author. It is much like appreciating a good painting by taking time to study the details of the painting.
A good detective story requires logic and power of deductions based on facts as they are slowly revealed to the reader. One has to peel away layer and layer of information that present themselves before we can get to the truth of the situation. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle helped the readers in this process through Dr Watson narrating the story in first person and describing the progress of their chase for evidences.
The brilliance of the mystery surrounding “The Hound of the Baskervilles” shone through as one got to the end of the story. There was no doubt left at the end and every piece of jigsaw was in place. That was what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did in this classic. Though the story was set some 100 years ago when telegrams and horse carriages were the mode of communication and transport, the crime committed was one of ingenuity to throw people off the track. It however did not floor Sherlock Holmes. I am glad I read this novel and is looking forward to the author’s other stories.