The story is read or rather acted with remarkable virtuosity and panache by the author's near namesake, David Ian Davies with credible characters and ingenious plot, and an atmosphere of excitement we are plunged once again into that romantic chamber of the heart, that nostalgic country of the mind, where it is always 1895. What more could we wish for? The CD also includes DSD's story The Reichenbach Secret, a credible interpretation of the Final Problem.
Many Holmes fans prefer Doyle's complete short stories, but their clockwork logic doesn't match the author's boast about this novel: it's "a real Creeper!" What distinguishes this particular Hound is its fulfillment of Doyle's great debt to Edgar Allan Poe--it's full of ancient woe, low moans, a Grimpen Mire that sucks ponies to Dostoyevskian deaths, and locals digging up Neolithic skulls without next-of-kins' consent. "The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul," Watson realizes. "Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay ... while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet ... it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths." Read on--but, reader, watch your step! --Tim Appelo