New York Times bestselling 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...
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...
In 1894, five years after the events of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a terrifying creature again plagues Sir Henry Baskerville in Lovegrove's uneven second traditional novel-length pastiche (after 2019's Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon). A huge moth with glaring red eyes has been spotted on Dartmoor and is believed responsible for draining blood from sheep. Holmes is alerted to his former client's new woes by Benjamin Grier, an African American friend of Sir Henry's, who fears for the baronet's mental and physical health after being warned away from Baskerville Hall at gunpoint. Watson declines to join Holmes on the moor, because of his lingering fear from his encounter with the hound. Holmes thus ends up reporting his findings to Watson. This artful inversion of the structure of Conan Doyle's novel will please Sherlockians; those same Sherlockians, however, will be disappointed in the solution to the mystery and Watson's uncharacteristic behavior at the climax. Those looking for a good riff on one of the most iconic mysteries of all time will be better off with Sam Siciliano's The Grimswell Curse.