Top critical review
Didn't thrill me.
on 11 June 2016
Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are called in to solve a murder on Dartmoor. An old haunt for Sherlock where he solved tbe case of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
I was first drawn to this book by its mysterious cover and the premise. I haven't read a Sherlock Holmes book before although I know who he is and what types of stories he does feature in. This book is the fourth in the series but my first. I know nothing about Mary Russell and how she came to marry Holmes so I'm thrown straight into it.
The book is very wordy and has wonderful descriptions of Dartmoor. I enjoyed the descriptions and liking a good walk myself I could picture myself up there covered in mud.
However this is what the book seems to be all about, the moors. Mary and Sherlock seem to spend an awful lot of time walking the moors. Not a lot else seems to happen in the book. As much as I was enjoying the descriptions of the landscape and all the ghostly goings on, superstitions and old stories, I was bored.
The story started of promising and I was thinking my type of book, but oh no I had had enough. Skimming the last 100 pages just to see what was what.
Unfortunately not enough in this book to thrill me and to reach out for more in the series. Lovely descriptions though. I also think that perhaps I needed to have read The Hound of the Baskervilles.