#26 Sherlock Holmes The Red Tower

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The Red Tower is a classic. It is the continuation of a multitude of Sherlock Novel which are set all over England. The story is set in 1894 at in the Crain manner a place set on the outskirts of civilization. Watson is invited there by an old friend, James Crain, who has recently taken up with a bunch of spiritualist. James invites Watson and a handful of other higher-ups to try to prove to them that the spiritualists ideals are true. While performing a séance, Madame Farr (the spiritualist leader) appears to summon the “Red Lady”. A woman who cursed the house of the Crain’s and certainly spells doom to a single Crain on the night of her appearance. As per the rumor Crain’s sister passes away in a locked room leaving everyone to guess who did it.

The main characters are Watson, a detective second to Sherlock Holmes. Crain, a man desperate to cling to the hope that his mom is still alive, at least in the spirit world. Finally there is Madame Farr who is a conniving monster whose only goal is to manipulate James into tearing his whole family apart.

At the beginning of the story everyone is happy and safe, but then James calls a seance lead by Madame Farr which uncovers some dark secrets from each of them, but worst of all it leads to the death of Esther, Crain’s sister. Her death causes the father such a shock that he dies. Then Watson calls in Sherlock and the start to solve the case. They learn that while Madame Farr did not kill Esther she has killed other people in attempts to get a fortune like James’. We learn that Esther was actually suffering from cancer, she ended up killing herself though and trying to frame it on Madame Farr. The Final and most terrible secret is that James was addicted to drugs after his mother died and he was still hooked to it, and it never allowed him to let go.

This book was not very great, but I had read it for summer reading, all in all it was pretty boring. My opinions a little onsided though so I would advise you read the book before agreeing with my opinion.

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#25 The Hound of The Baskervilles

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The Hound of The Baskervilles is a masterfully written Sherlock novel by Sir Arther Conan Doyle. It is a classic story of a dark legacy which has haunted generations of Baskervilles. When one the most recent Baskervilles passes away, Holmes discovers that there were footprints of a “Gigantic Hound” not even 20 feet away from the site of the man’s death.

The main characters are: Sherlock Holmes, an ingenious detective; John Watson, a smart detective working as Sherlock’s sidekick and the narrator of the story; finally there is Sir Henry Baskerville who is the new and-up-and coming Baskerville and the next possible target of the hound of legends.

At the start of the story, a doctor with a friendship towards the older “Sir Charles Baskerville” comes to Sherlock, telling him of the death of Sir Charles and the massive hound prints laying adjacent to Sir Charles corpse’. Sherlock then sends Watson to investigate and report back to him while he “finished up some unfinished business”. Watson arrives at Baskerville Manor with Sir Henry and they discover many previous friendships including the Stapleton and the Barrymore families, both of which hide their own demons. As Watson’s stay at the manor progress, Sir James develops a sort of love interest with the sister of Mr. Stapleton, a relationship which is approved by neither Watson nor Mr. Stapleton. Mr. Barrymore reveals that a sibling of theirs just so happens to be a well-known criminal, which causes distrust and anxiety in the manor. Then one night while out on the more, we learn that there is a man on the more, whom no one knows anything about. This man just so happens to be Sherlock, who secreted himself away on the More so as to avoid be noticed by the surrounding people. Sherlock then reveals to Watson that Stapleton is actually a defendant of the Baskerville family who is trying to get to the estate. As the book draws to a conclusion, Sherlock and Watson risk it all by sending Sir James out onto the More alone hoping that Stapleton will try to kill him. In this prediction, they are correct, for he sends out the hound to attack Sir James, and then Sherlock and Watson arrive and kill it right as it is about to kill Sir James.

While I had to read this book for summer reading, it was a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of Sherlock and Watson. I would recommend it to those who like mystery novels.