REVIEW: Warlock Holmes: The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning (Warlock Holmes #2)

Warlock HolmesTitle: Warlock Holmes: The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning
Pages: 395
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 16th May 2017
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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The game’s afoot once more as the long-suffering Dr. John Watson and a bedridden and somewhat pungent Warlock Holmes (though he’s getting better) face off against Moriaty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a succubus, an overly Canadian aristocrat, a tricycle fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell-hound, one assumes.

My review: 

A huge thank you to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book was just as ridiculous as the first one was. It had me laughing so hard I was wiping tears from my eyes. It’s so funny when someone asks you what you’re reading and you say Warlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes but silly and supernatural. You’re either going to get strange or curious looks. It could go either way. These books are just the type where you ask yourself why you’re reading it but at the same time you can’t stop reading it. It was very funny and entertaining. My love for Warlock Holmes and his adventures with Watson only grew. I have become attached to these ridiculous characters. I loved all the supernatural twists in the stories too, they were so creative! Some of the stories also have these really funny illustrations and I love those. They are the little things that make this book even better.

It has five short stories and whilst I really enjoyed them I found two of them a little confusing. The first one was definitely confusing and I’m still not entirely sure what happened. I didn’t like any of the characters and it was just Watson on his own so I didn’t find it as funny. Sure, it had the supernatural twists but it just wasn’t funny. I picked this book up because it’s entertaining but the first story could have been better. I think Warlock is what breathes life into these books. He is the heart and soul of these books. He’s entertaining without meaning to be and you never know what he’s going to say or do next. He’s spontaneous and I like when he’s the centre of the story because I don’t have any expectations – I let myself be surprised. Watson is the boring and serious character, no offence to him. If Warlock had been in this story then I might have enjoyed it more. My least favourite story was probably The Reigateway to Another World because I didn’t care for any of the characters and the story just wasn’t that great. It didn’t really capture my attention and I was skim-reading a lot of it.

I can’t decide which story was funniest: Silver Blaze: Murder Horse or The Adventure of the Solitary Tricyclist. They were both so ridiculous but I think Silver Blaze takes the crown for the most random and unexpected twist! I burst out laughing and the reactions of the characters just made it so much more entertaining. Warlock was so, so, so funny in this story. He starts shouting at a horse and it has an illustration of it which just made me laugh even harder. This story had a lot of mystery but then it has the most random, out of the blue moment. But then again, Solitary Tricyclist took a rather ridiculous turn at the ending. I was expecting something shocking but then it was so silly. I should have known.  I just love how natural funny the stories are. Warlock and Watson go really well together and it’s so funny how Warlock behaves like a child a lot of the time. There’s a lot of “But, Watsooooooooon!” “I said no.” and that is an actual quote from the book! I laughed so hard when I read that. It was such a funny scene!

Obviously the most serious story was definitely The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles. It takes up over half the book and it stays true to the original. I really enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles and it’s definitely one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories even though he’s hardly in it. This book had a lot to live up to for me but fortunately it didn’t disappoint and I enjoyed it so much!

So if you’ve read The Hound of the Baskervilles then you will know it’s mainly told from Watson’s perspective and Sherlock is only in the story at the start and the end to solve the mystery. Luckily for me I really like Watson so it didn’t bother me too much and it’s one of my favourites. I just think it’s the perfect spooky story because it’s set on the moors which is creepy and isolated. Then there’s the possibility of a hound murdering all the Baskervilles. I won’t spoil the rest of the story but if you haven’t read it, I really think you should. I was a little hesitant with this book because I didn’t really like this version of Watson and I didn’t want the story to be ruined by not having Warlock providing entertainment. But I was actually surprised to find that I liked Watson a lot more in this story compared to the others. I became so invested in the story and the characters. I loved watching the bond grow between Watson and Sir Henry. I loved watching Watson explore the moors and work against the clock to save Sir Henry. I was eager to see how the ending of this book would differ to the original because for most of the story they are pretty much the same. The ending did not disappoint. Damn, it was so good! It had demons, ley lines, and freaking fight scenes! It delved into the past quite a few times and you got to find out more about Warlock’s past which was exciting! Honestly this story was probably the best one, I loved it so much!

If you are a fan of Sherlock and Watson then I really think you would enjoy these books. It’s so funny comparing each story to the original and laughing at how silly it is. Honestly, I bet the author had so much fun writing these stories. This book ends on a cliffhanger like the first one and I’m already eagerly awaiting it’s release. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book!

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