Sherlock Holmes and The Menacing Moors by Allan Mitchell download in iPad, ePub, pdf
Every bone is broken and there are claw marks on the face. When the man, Will Abernathy, is discovered ripped to bits in an outbuilding on his own property, evidence shows that if the killer is a beast, it is been controlled by a man. This time round there are tales of a ghostly hound out on the moors accompanying an equally ghostly carriage.
Holmes and Watson are called again to face the Moors, this time by Timothy Jones. Poetry can be a delight or it can be tedious in the extreme. When I started up again, I found it easier to read the thing aloud in order to track the story through the poem. Laurie King uses many of the elements of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
And now one of their number has disappeared. Knowing the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles and how Stapelton made the legend come to life, the superstitious Moor people feel another demonic horror has somehow been released. Initially Mary is reluctant to abandon her academic studies in Oxford to assist Sherlock, but she finally complies. Sabine Baring-Gould as a central character. Sherlock has been called in to solve a murder on Dartmoor.
The way that Holmes reacts to the many mentions of the original case, with a mixture of pride and exasperation, allows for some very humorous moments. These elements are introduced deliberately on the part of the criminals and there are echoes of the original story. There is a pentagram carved into his forehead. The moor is central to the story, brooding over it as the moor broods over the surrounding landscape.
He has a strong intellectual curiosity and is the driving force behind the investigation. He is a stranger to the district, so people connect him to the attacks. The legs are where they belong but viciously ripped from the body. And naturally, the story is populated with sinister local characters. This tug and pull of the two individuals in their own professional lives erupts throughout the book to show each person's independence, yet reliance on each other.