It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.
“This is a murder mystery novel,” Christopher explains a few pages further on. A fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, Christopher decides to investigate the poodle’s murder and turn the story into a book of his own.
Christopher is quite good at puzzles, at maths, and at remembering. He is, however, entirely incapable of delineating among the various grades of human emotion on the scale between happy and sad, which makes for a curious, if not altogether perplexing perspective. The narrator may not recognise them, but emotions lurk behind virtually every clue he uncovers. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an emotional roller coaster that is well worth reading.