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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Lovegrove’s continues the story of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as five years later, another monstrous creature stalks across Dartmoor....

The year 1894. The monstrous Hound of the Baskervilles has been dead for five years, along with its no less monstrous owner, the naturalist Jack Stapleton. Sir Henry Baskerville is living contentedly at Baskerville Hall with his new wife, Audrey, and their three-year-old son, Harry. 

Until, that is, Audrey’s lifeless body is found on the moors, drained of blood. It would appear some fiendish creature is once more at large on Dartmoor and has, like its predecessor, targeted the unfortunate Baskerville family. 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to Sir Henry’s aid, and our heroes must face a marauding beast that is the very stuff of nightmares. It seems that Stapleton may not have perished in the Great Grimpen Mire after all, as Holmes believed, and is hell-bent on revenge....

©2020 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Faithful to the original, with flare and originality

The performance is flawless, the story compelling and the chance to spend time with the great detective in a new, yet authentic adventure is an absolute delight.
Tour de force by both author and narrator.

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what happened after the Hound

A very enjoyable listen taking place a number of years after the Hound of the Baskervill's with the some of the same characters. great narration

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Another Tall Tail in an enjoyable series

I love a good Sherlock Holmes story. Obviously there’s the originals, the otr radio ones, the basil rathbone movies but where next?

To me it’s either the more traditional ones by Bonnie Macbird ( which are great) or these ones which move the story into a wider, more imaginative world.

You choose, you enjoy

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Good fun, excellent narrator

This series is a lot of fun. It's just the escapism I need right now. It's a little slow to start but more than makes up for that by the middle. I'm so happy these books are available in the included books now, they're really helping me get through this infinite lockdown.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2021

Brilliant!

I'm a huge fan of James Lovegroves and this is the 4th book I've finished by him. It was fantastic. From the story itself to the narration. (Dennis Kleinman is also quite fantastic)
I'm patiently waiting for his next book due in April! I recommend this book to everyone. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2021

Good book

In the original Mortimer has a wife so for him to be single in this one is a little different. Also in the Cthulhu case books by the same author the timeline is completely different so that also is a little off. But those are two relatively small issues and I still liked the book a lot and will continue to listen to them cause I just love hearing new Sherlock homes stories.

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  • Wakana
  • 02-10-2021

Believe the reviews about the predictable ending.

Is Watson really that dumb? The villain could’ve been jumping up and down screaming it’s me Watson…why aren’t you thinking about me?

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  • Katherine Pratt
  • 13-08-2021

Great Sequel to Hound of the Baskervilles

An engrossing Holmes story with great characters and an excellent followup to the Hound of the Baskervilles story line.

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  • Michael mcbride
  • 06-04-2021

Too predictable

The villain was so obvious from the start that it was extremely painful to listen to Holmes struggle over it for 8 hours .

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 18-03-2021

One of the best Holmes pastiches yet

"The Hound" is my favorite Holmes book and no attempted sequel has come close to matching it until now. Almost every original major character from "The Hound" makes an appearance, which is nice.

Without letting spoilers slip I will only say that the novel has many twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of one's seat. Also, when read with the original book in mind, one or two suspensions of disbelief are required in order to make this book work.

My only criticism is the fact that the narrator gives Holmes a rather mincing lilt to his voicc which takes many chapters to get used to. Also, at times, it is difficult to distinguish between Holmes and Watson's voices.

These minor points aside this is definitely a book worth listening to, thus I highly recommend it.

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  • 02-09-2021

Good, but a bit frustrating.

I have loved all Lovegrove's, 'Sherlock' books, but this is (in my opinion) the weakest. The second half of the book, whilst still a good story, was very frustrating because I already knew (beyond doubt in my mind) who the guilty party was, and struggled to see how any of the other characters could feasibly be so stupid as to not know too. Maybe Lovegrove intended this, in order for the reader/listener to feel some of the frustration of his fictional characters, but I just found myself getting annoyed, and had to fight the urge to skip to the end. Kleinman was a 5 star narrator as always. Thank you.

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  • Bartholomew
  • 12-08-2021

Enjoyable

James Lovegrove does a wonderful job of emulating the style of Conan Doyle, and unlike most other continuation Holmes’ authors, does so without a huge (and sometimes wearying) effort. In other words, his touch is light, and the connection to the original creation all the better for it.
I enjoyed this story immensely- my only criticism would be that the first half - Devon setting, in keeping with the Hound of the Baskervilles - was so pure Conan Doyle, that to move it abroad was not only unnecessary, but broke the beautiful Doyle-esque lrhythm of the tale. Where Doyle succeeded so well was in never trying to be too clever. He avoided too many twists and turns and overblown denouements. He focused on Holmes’ genius, and his relationship with Watson. Lovegrove is such a good Sherlock Holmes author, he really could have allowed himself to be reined in a bit. But make no mistake; this is a good Holmes novel, and I look forward to reading all his Holmes’ works.

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  • odickinson.
  • 30-07-2021

Genuinely one of the Best (Non ACD)

Really enjoyable and well written. A great spin off/sequal/ follow up to Hound of the Baskerville's.

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  • StuW
  • 11-04-2021

Such a disappointment after The Christmas Demon

I bought the Audible version of this after READING the previous book, Sherlock Holmes and The Christmas Demon, and not being able to wait for the paperback as I enjoyed it so much. Oh my word! It’s as though it was written by somebody else entirely! A madly convoluted plot and the narrator compounds it all by adding awful accents and mispronunciations galore. An enormous disappointment.

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  • merrigan123
  • 18-03-2021

predictable

it wasn't bad but extremely predictable I guessed who the main crook was very early in the book and the second was sort of added out of no where

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