While this isn't the first Sherlock Holmes book, it's the very first that I've read. Holmes and Watson are approached to investigate the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. There is only one remaining heir to the Baskerville estate, and one that has not heard of the hound of the Baskerville fable. Was Sir Charles killed by the hound? If anyone can figure out, Sherlock and Holmes can.
Using a unique method of investigation, Sherlock uses powerful deductive reasoning. The answers are all there in front of us, it's just a matter of putting it all together.
This is a pretty short book, though not one that can be blown through quickly. I feel like there wasn't enough time to get a complete understanding of who all the suspects were in the mystery before it was determined who was responsible.
Also, there's a lot of chemistry between Holmes and Watson missing from this book since the two were separated for the majority of book. I enjoyed the chatter between them at the beginning and end of the book. I wish there had been more.
It doesn't feel like it was written 100 years ago, there's a timeless quality to it. I've got a few more of these books and I'm sure I will enjoy them.
First Line: "Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table."