Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Series: Sherlock Holmes. The Complete Novels and Stories. Volume
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Stars: 5
PS: I have the complete novels and stories but I will review the ones in volume 2 individually.

Goodreads Synopsis: The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in “The Final Problem”, and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival.

While this is obviously a Sherlock Holmes story, for the most part it tells of Dr Watson and the how he investigates the case of Sir Henry Baskerville who Holmes has left in his charge. In Dartmoor, in the South-West of England, a huge otherworld hound is said to plague the Baskerville family. When Sir Charles dies of a weak heart with nothing but a few canine footprints to be found near the body, his nephew Sir Henry inherits Baskerville Hall. Will he also meet the same fate as his uncle or will Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson get to the bottom of the mystery in time.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the most renowned mystery writers of his time. Even now people still read his original works and numerous movies and TV shows have been made. Very rarely, in my opinion, does anything beat the original books though. Masterfully written and adored by millions from around the globe Sherlock Holmes has to be one of the most famous characters ever written about.

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