The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Book - 1996
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When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Penguin Books, c1996.
ISBN: 9780140621976
Characteristics: 174 p. ;,19 cm.


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Jul 20, 2019

Another great Holmes story. Well worth reading, even if you've watched any of the various adaptations.

Dec 28, 2018

This book really lives up to its name, and so does Holmes. Sherlock’s train of thought can be hard to follow at times, but it feels very rewarding once you actually figure it out. I like how the story is told from Watson’s perspective, almost as though he is recounting the story to you. Although I might have liked to be able to see some things from Sherlock’s point of view; to see what is going on inside his head. I give this book an eight out of ten for originality, cleverness, and plenty of surprises despite the story being retold many times over. @R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This is a century-old story (literally) of suspense, urgency, and ultimately mystery. There’s really no other way to describe it. This book along with the rest of the Sherlock Holmes series are still seen as the defining mystery novels of all time, and after reading this I can definitely see why. To me, growing up in the 21st century, it seemed a little cliche. But then I realized as I was reading that this is the book that created that cliche! This was the original, and there is a whole added layer in realizing that. It might be one of those books that you have to assume everyone knows the plot of, but I didn’t, and it’s one of those reads where I’m sad I’ll never be able to read it for the first time again. It was effortlessly brilliant. @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Sep 23, 2017

This book is absolutely wonderful, clever, funny, and engaging until the last chapter. The mystery itself is intriguing and will draw you in with no doubt. All of the characters are interesting and have unique voices, and the narration of Dr. John Watson is never intrusive and keeps the novel moving along at a fantastic pace. The book is two parts mastery and one part horror, which makes it for a very interesting read. I appreciate that Doyle sets the narrative up in various ways only to pull the rug out from under you a few times, including a few red herrings which are wonderfully handled and tied up. As I said before, my only complaint is the last chapter. In this chapter Watson asks Holmes to sum up the entire case and fill in the missing pieces, which he does in a very long-winded exposition. It's a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the book, especially when all of the chapters prior are so wonderfully engaging. The final chapter robs this book of its fifth star in my opinion, but it is still an otherwise incredible and quick read. Highly recommended.

Apr 19, 2016

The Hound is one of the most popular of the Holmes stories, which is saying a lot. While most consider Holmes a detective, many of the stories are more thriller than puzzle. The old Baskerville curse seems to have reared its ugly head when the latest Baskerville is frightened to death and witnesses can only see the footprints of a gigantic hound. The dog in the story is real and seems to be out for the Baskervilles This book is filled with thrills and atmosphere. The action takes place just away from the moors, which suck any unsuspecting man or beast into them without leaving a trace of them behind the opposite of a landmine. Fog swirls in to make it even more difficult to make your way through the moors. Add to that some flashing lights in the middle of the night and you have an atmospheric thriller that will have you reading late into the night and giving weird looks to your own pooch..
From the very beginning of the story, the reader knows that Sir Henry is in a kennels worth of trouble and part of the challenge to Holmes and Watson is keeping their client safe while trying to figure out what the doggone is going on.

Apr 06, 2016

My daughter had to read this book for school, so I decided to read it with her. I'm glad I did. I like the TV adaptation of Sherlock Holmes but I never thought to READ about him. It was captivating and aside from the language it didn't feel dated. This is a must read to anyone who likes mysteries as well as thrillers.

Mar 22, 2016

Enjoyed this very much. I started reading Sherlock Holmes stories after watching the BBC TV show Sherlock - I've been interested to see how the show adapted elements of the original stories into modern times. Now I have to go and watch the episode based on The Hound of the Baskervilles again...!

Feb 24, 2016

I like to read the occasional Sherlock Holmes story because they are fun and because I love the use of language. This one offered the great setting of the Moors which added tons of atmosphere to the book.

Jun 20, 2015

I had to read this book as a part of my high school curriculum. Although it was a book I thought I would highly dislike, I soon found out that it was quite the opposite. The different twists and turns kept you guessing until the very end.

Nov 17, 2013

I had to read this book as part of my high school curriculum. While not the kind of book I am normally attracted too, I did enjoy it. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Jan 15, 2013

My favourite Holmes story. A devious villain, a family curse, and the strange desolation of the moors deep in the British countryside make for a tense, well written story. This one is Doyle's masterpiece.

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