Sherlock Holmes: “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (3-4)

Summary: The new lord of the Baskerville manor, Henry, arrives and hears of the danger he could possibly be in. He doesn’t believe it and won’t let any threats stop him from claiming his inheritance. He also has received a note telling him to stay away from the moor in traditional ransom note/cut-from-a-newspaper style, and one of his new boots went missing. Sherlock follows the doctor and Henry to see who is following them, but when he spots the cab and runs for it the guy gets away.

Sherlock Rating: I’ll give this one 3 1/2 pawprints. The chase amped things up nicely, and I loved seeing Sherlock make another mistake (chasing the bad guy instead of pretending not to notice him) but the beginning part was so blah that I only wrote one note on it: “Henry–heir (last) on way.” I don’t think that deserves any higher, do you?

Mystery Story Convention: The ransom-type note–I wonder if this is one of the first times this device was used? Probably not, but it’s a great way to hide an identity in a pre-computer, pre-cell phone world. Like the early version of a voice scrambler. And of course Sherlock was able to read about 20 clues from it.

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