Monday, June 9, 2014

Staff Picks

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Agatha Christie

 And Then There Were None
 Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie

This past winter, I found myself completely hooked on Masterpiece Mystery's hit television show Sherlock and after realizing that each episode was based on an original Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I decided to revisit his classic mysteries by rereading The Hound of the Baskervilles. A family curse and an ancestral estate on the edge of the lonely and mysterious moor bring Sherlock and Dr. Watson to rural England to investigate the death of the most recent Baskerville who is found dead with the footprints of a giant hound near his body. Is there really a devil hound that haunts the family? Sherlock uses his amazing powers of deduction to find the source of the mystery and who is behind it. The story is full of atmosphere and anticipation. After reacquainting myself with the great Sherlock Holmes, I moved on to the detective stories of Hercule Poirot written by the most popular mystery writer of all time, Agatha Christie. I began with Curtain, which is Poirot’s very last case in which he solves a series of perplexing and subtly connected deaths that Poirot believes to be murder and all masterminded by one of the guests in a boarding house.  Then I indulged in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, an astonishing case involving the deaths of ten people mysteriously summoned to an island home. What do they have in common? Are they all guilty of something? Who is the orchestrator of this frightening experiment? This is one of my all-time favorite mysteries. Christie’s plots are so uniquely original; she was the master of the mystery genre. For another of her stories with a very surprising twist, try Murder on the Orient Express. The best part is that Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were prolific writers and left many stories featuring their clever detectives to keep us guessing for a good long while!

Holly Raus
Information Specialist - Youth Services