This book is about 630 pages, and includes 37 short stories and “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. It has 350+ original illustrations by Sidney Paget, and is quite an engrossing read. The Hound of the Baskervilles is about an old curse on the Baskerville family that dates back to the 16th century. It involves a great hound which haunts the descendents of the family, and had of late been seen about the family estate, and caused the present owner to die of heart failure while running from the beast. Sherlock Holmes and his ever present Dr. Watson arrive to investigate, and find that the beast had left tracks, and was truly of monstrous size. Yet the fact remained: where had this terrible beast sprung from, until of late last seen hundreds of years earlier? All in all quite engrossing.
Positive: Sherlock Holmes uses his, or rather the author’s, superb reasoning, observational and deductive faculties to solve a great number of crimes. The results of each story are usually quite satisfying, and Mr. Holmes pursues mercy as well as justice in a few cases.
Negative: As always when dealing with crime, the subject matter is sad, and often quite morbid. Holmes, though in most matters quite noble and of good habit, he does have failings such as smoking &c.
Overall: The writing style is excellent and the plot lines almost universally superb and varied. He has a mix of mostly stories that you can’t quite solve, with a few that you can with a bit of imagination – again, quite satisfying. A highly recommended read, even to those who dislike large books.