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Book Reviews: The Hound of the Baskervilles + Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the most famous of the Holmes stories and sees our heroes hunt a legendary spectral hound on the wild Devon moor lands. Holmes and Watson have to find out if the Baskerville family are really cursed by a hell hound or is a cunning human murderer behind it? This was good and atmospheric.

Best Lines:
“I have not heard him laugh often, and it has always boded ill to somebody.”

“They were the footprints of a gigantic hound.”


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Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman

After his fall in ‘Anno Dracula’, the count escaped to Germany. Now it is 1918 and the Great War wages spurred on by Dracula. Various forces fight to end the war while one of Dracula’s soldiers Baron Von Richthofen is being made into a new secret weapon.

This is a good read and included is a novella ‘Vampire Romance’ in which Genevieve Dieudonne investigates a vampire murder on behalf of the Diogenes Club while Lydia Inchfawn falls for a vampire. It is very funny with a well known villain and mocking of other vampire novel authors.

Best Lines:
“Dead things live there. Things that should be walled up and forgotten.”

“He knew where the bodies were buried and the mystic wards stopping them crawling out of graves to accuse or avenge.”

“There are always secret passageways.”

“Lydia had been warned against getting into black carriages with strange ladies who offered Turkish Delight.”

“No more capable of love than a cactus.”
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