In the fourth Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mystery, our pair travel west to the wild region of Dartmoor, partly at the request of Holmes's aged godfather, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. There have been reported sightings on the moor of a ghostly coach carrying a long-deceased noble lady, and a man is found dead with large paw prints on the ground near his corpse. Could it be the Hound of the Baskervilles has somehow returned? As well written as its predecessors, this mystery has a bit too much atmosphere and detail about the setting and its inhabitants, and takes too long to gather speed. Though the denouement is suitably ingenious, it's somehow not as compelling as several of the earlier books.
This report prepared by David Loftus