Dark Tales: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dark Tales Hound of the Baskervilles

The famous Sherlock Holmes story is adapted into a graphic novel.

Holmes is asked to investigate the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Charles appears to have died of fright while walking on the foggy moors near his estate. Mysterious footprints of a hound are found nearby. The locals suspect a centuries old curse on the Baskerville house is to blame for Sir Charles’ death.

Set in atmospheric Dartmoor England, Dark Tales: The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the first psychological thrillers. This is also one of few stories where Watson gets to play detective without Holmes initial assistance. The plot lets the reader also play detective as all the clues to the conclusion are there, but not necessarily in plain sight.

The story was written in 1901 but remains relevant to today’s audiences. The Hound of the Baskervilles is usually regarded as Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest Sherlock Holmes novel. It is based on a legend surrounding a real English Squire in the 17th century.

Dark Tales: The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great way to attract new, especially younger, readers to Doyle’s intriguing plot. One note for viewers of the famous 1939 movie with Basil Rathbone, the movie added scenes particularly at the end. This graphic novel follows the book’s plot perfectly so nothing is lost in the translation.

For parents and teachers of mystery readers who are reluctant to read the original novel, this is an excellent choice. For all others, it receives 3 stars.

Thanks to the publisher, Quarto/Canterbury Classics, and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy.

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