The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition

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Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out 'in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted.' Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead-and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?

When a second member of the ...

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Overview

Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out 'in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted.' Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead-and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?

When a second member of the Baskerville family dies, Sherlock Holmes investigates and finds murderous greed behind the supposed curse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451528018
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: Signet Classics Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 100
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 49,892
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, a Scottish author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a prolific and successful writer. He is well known for his crime fiction, notably the stories of Sherlock Holmes. His other well known publications are The Study in Scarlet, The Valley of Fear, and The Sign of Four. He died in 1930.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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CHAPTER I
Mr. Sherlock Holmes

Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick piece of wood, bulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a “Penang lawyer.” Just under the head was a broad silver band, nearly an inch across. “To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends of the C.C.H.,” was engraved upon it, with the date “1884.” It was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to carry—dignified, solid, and reassuring. “Well, Watson, what do you make of it?” Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation. “How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head.” “I have, at least, a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me,” said he. “But, tell me, Watson, what do you make of our visitor’s stick? Since we have been so unfortunate as to miss him and have no notion of his errand, this accidental souvenir becomes of importance. Let me hear you reconstruct the man by an examination of it.” “I think,” said I, following so far as I could the methods of my companion, “that Dr. Mortimer is a successful elderly medical man, well-esteemed, since those who know him give him this mark of their appreciation.” “Good!” said Holmes. “Excellent!” “I think also that the probability is in favour of his being a country practitioner who does a great deal of his visiting on foot.” “Why so?” “Because this stick, though originally a very handsome one, has been so knocked about that I can hardly imagine a town practitioner carrying it. The thick iron ferrule is worn down, so it is evident that he has done a great amount of walking with it.” “Perfectly sound!” said Holmes. “And then again, there is the ‘friends of the C.C.H.’ I should guess that to be the Something Hunt, the local hunt to whose members he has possibly given some surgical assistance, and which has made him a small presentation in return.” “Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. “I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.” He had never said as much before, and I must admit that his words gave me keen pleasure, for I had often been piqued by his indifference to my admiration and to the attempts which I had made to give publicity to his methods. I was proud, too, to think that I had so far mastered his system as to apply it in a way which earned his approval. He now took the stick from my hands and examined it for a few minutes with his naked eyes. Then, with an expression of interest, he laid down his cigarette, and, carrying the cane to the window, he looked over it again with a convex lens. “Interesting, though elementary,” said he, as he returned to his favourite corner of the settee. “There are certainly one or two indications upon the stick. It gives us the basis for several deductions.” “Has anything escaped me?” I asked, with some self-importance. “I trust that there is nothing of consequence which I have overlooked?” “I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth. Not that you are entirely wrong in this instance. The man is certainly a country practitioner. And he walks a good deal.” “Then I was right.” “To that extent.” “But that was all.” “No, no, my dear Watson, not all—by no means all. I would suggest, for example, that a presentation to a doctor is more likely to come from an hospital than from a hunt, and that when the initials ‘C.C.’ are placed before that hospital the words ‘Charing Cross’ very naturally suggest themselves.” “You may be right.” “The probability lies in that direction. And if we take this as a working hypothesis we have a fresh basis from which to start our construction of this unknown visitor.” “Well, then, supposing that ‘C.C.H.’ does stand for ‘Charing Cross Hospital,’ what further inferences may we draw?” “Do none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!” “I can only think of the obvious conclusion that the man has practised in town before going to the country.” “I think that we might venture a little farther than this. Look at it in this light. On what occasion would it be most probable that such a presentation would be made? When would his friends unite to give him a pledge of their good will? Obviously at the moment when Dr. Mortimer withdrew from the service of the hospital in order to start in practice for himself. We know there has been a presentation. We believe there has been a change from a town hospital to a country practice. Is it, then, stretching our inference too far to say that the presentation was on the occasion of the change?” “It certainly seems probable.” “Now, you will observe that he could not have been on the staff of the hospital, since only a man well-established in a London practice could hold such a position, and such a one would not drift into the country. What was he, then? If he was in the hospital and yet not on the staff, he could only have been a house-surgeon or a house-physician—little more than a senior student. And he left five years ago—the date is on the stick. So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.” I laughed incredulously as Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his settee and blew little wavering rings of smoke up to the ceiling. “As to the latter part, I have no means of checking you,” said I, “but at least it is not difficult to find out a few particulars about the man’s age and professional career.” From my small medical shelf I took down the Medical Directory and turned up the name. There were several Mortimers, but only one who could be our visitor. I read his record aloud. “Mortimer, James, M.R.C.S., 1882, Grimpen, Dartmoor,Devon. House surgeon, from 1882 to 1884, at Charing Cross Hospital. Winner of the Jackson Prize for Comparative Pathology, with essay entitled ‘Is Disease a Reversion?’ Corresponding member of the Swedish Pathological Society. Author of ‘Some Freaks of Atavism’ (Lancet, 1882). ‘Do We Progress? (Journal of Psychology, March, 1883). Medical Officer for the parishes of Grimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow.” “No mention of that local hunt, Watson,” said Holmes, with a mischievous smile, “but a country doctor, as you very astutely observed. I think that I am fairly justified in my inferences. As to the adjectives, I said, if I remember right, amiable, unambitious, and absent-minded. It is my experience that it is only an amiable man in this world who receives testimonials, only an unambitious one who abandons a London career for the country, and only an absent-minded one who leaves his stick and not his visiting-card after waiting an hour in your room.” “And the dog?” “Has been in the habit of carrying this stick behind his master. Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle, and the marks of his teeth are very plainly visible. The dog’s jaw, as shown in the space between these marks, is too broad in my opinion for a terrier and not broad enough for a mastiff. It may have been—yes, by Jove, it is a curly-haired spaniel.” He had risen and paced the room as he spoke. Now he halted in the recess of the window. There was such a ring of conviction in his voice that I glanced up in surprise. “My dear fellow, how can you possibly be so sure of that?”

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes 1
2 The Curse of the Baskervilles 11
3 The Problem 27
4 Sir Henry Baskerville 41
5 Three Broken Threads 59
6 Baskerville Hall 74
7 The Stapletons of Merripit House 88
8 First Report of Dr. Watson 108
9 Second Report of Dr. Watson 119
10 Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson 145
11 The Man on the Tor 160
12 Death on the Moor 179
13 Fixing the Nets 197
14 The Hound of the Baskervilles 214
15 A Retrospection 231
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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Recommend

    Before there was CSI and the magic of solving a crime in less than 60 minutes we had Sherlock Holmes. This was always my favorite Sherlock Holmes story and the most scary Holmes book I ever read. Many movies were made from this book, but if you want the real deal, without the interpetations, you have to read the book. Plenty of atmosphere in a Holmes book, with a little imagination you can find yourself knocking on the door at 221B Baker street with a curious matter that needs Mr. Holmes attention. R Hemingway

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Great Mystery Book!

    The book by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles would make a reader very entertained, scared, and relieved in the end. It starts off slow and later hooks the reader to the point that you don’t want to stop reading. When the plot unfolds the person reading will sit and read until the end, it is truly a great detective book. The use of the language can be hard at times, however if using a dictionary it wont be hard. The book starts at 221B Baker St where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson live. Watson finds a walking stick with a bite mark in the middle from a dog. Later there is a man telling the two men that there is a curse on the Baskerville family, and a mysterious hound is killing the family members for decades. The plot gets more interesting when the reader finds out that recently the hound kills one of the members of the family. There is more to tell, but my job is to write what I think about the book. This book should be read by people of all ages, even adults. It is truly a great mystery fiction novel about friendship and knowledge. If you are looking for something that is not huge and something that can keep you interested look no further. Meanwhile I will go back to reading it again.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Intrikit plot keeps reader intrigued!

    The Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is packed with unexpected turns and surprising conclusions. This fiction novel will keep any audience on the edges of there seats as the plot unfolds.
    The story begins at 221B Baker Street, the famous lodging of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson. The two detectives are sitting in there living room listening to the story a man is telling them about the curse that befalls every Baskerville who take up residence at the family estate in the haunted moor. Supposedly there is an enormous hound that haunts the lonely moors around the Baskervilles ancient home. However Holmes and Watson become more intrigued when they find out that the most recent resident at the Baskerville estate has recently been killed by the legendary hound, and thus starts the investigation of the curious case of the hound of the Baskervilles.
    as the mystery unfolds, the next heir to the Baskerville estate, Sir Charles, moves into the haunted house on the moor, accompanied by Watson and Holmes. As the two detectives further investigate, they seem to be getting no where, until they discover that Mr. Stapleton is the sole beneficiary to the Baskervilles inheritance, and he will stop at nothing to claim his wealth. Holmes learns that Sir Charles is the next on Stapletons list, so he sets up a trap to catch him red handed in the act of using his over grown hound to kill the last of the Baskervilles. One evening as Sir Charles makes his way through the moor while Watson and Holmes wait, well armed, for the hound to attack. In the final suspense, the hound lunges out from the fog to take out the Sir Charles but, Holmes pulls the trigger before the hound can reach its prey and so the beast is killed in the nick of time.
    throughout the book Holmes and Watson are in friendly competition to see who can best solve each part to the puzzle. The two detectives have a unique relationship, because they are continuously one-upping the other and downplaying the others conclusions. However they spur each other on, and are never divisive over a difference in opinion.
    this mystery novel was the best book that i have ever read, there was no element to it that i did not enjoy throughly. The unique writing style of the author draws you in and the unexpected manner in which the plot is revealed allowed me to maintain interest in the story from cover to cover. i would recommend this novel to any reader at the high school level or above because of how unexpected and thrilling "The Hound of the Baskervilles" really is.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    "...the unseen watcher,the man of darkness..."

    The Hounds of the Baskervilles is an outstanding novel. Its so well writen the story flies by with many suprises and questons here and there. In most mystorys tht I read i can guess/expect some of what is to come latter in the story, but in this story most of my guesses were wrong. What im trying to say is it is filled with some unexpected twists. Read this story anyone will like it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Great book

    Really enjoyed reading this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Ending was good

    The beginning stars out slow but the ending is quite good x!/

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Best Holmes Story

    This is definitely the best of the four Holmes novels. It's exciting, creepy, and even funny at times. If you don't like this book, then Holmes stories aren't for you. Love it!

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    One of the best out of the Sherlock Holmes' series. This one is not to be missed by the Die Hardest of fans.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Sure

    This review is for the book purely, not the free version everyone is talking about.
    I thought the book was great! I thought I wasn't going to like it, because I'm used to more modern books. But then I thought, "Wait. This is Sherlock Holmes!" I love books with mystery in them, books that keep me on the edge of my seat. I have never heard of this book before I had to read it for a project. I thought it was pretty funny how Watson wanted to prove he was as good or better than Holmes, and Holmes always out did him lol. But it surprised me when they called Holmes Watson's "master". In the movie Sherlock Holmes they were friends. Huh. But it's nice to know I can say that i have read the original! Ha!
    I would recommend the book defiantly!

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Recommended

    I never really read a Sherlock Holmes book so this was my first one.Even though I did'tn know anything about the book I was excited to read it.Basically this is about a supernatural hound that has been killing people.This is the part where Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson come in to solve the case.Also for anyone who does'tn like mystery this book is also suspense.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Classic Sherlock!

    The book The Hound of the Baskervilles is another classic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Once again Sherlock Holmes is off on another adventure with his faithful partner Dr. Watson. It is a mystery/thriller type of book. It starts off as Watson and Holmes discover a cane left in their office. Watson is the one who actually found the cane. He examines it while Holmes has his back to him, and Holmes asks him: "Well, Watson, what do you make of it?" Watson responds, "How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head."

    They are able to identify the owner of the cane, who informs them of an old legend, the legend of the Baskervilles. The owner informs them that the Baskerville family has an uncanny habit of dying off mysteriously. Rumor has it that a hound-beast is the culprit. After that its off to Devonshire where the Baskerville Hall is located. They find one of the Baskervilles dead, with a look of terror and exhaustion. The daunting task is left up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find the solution.

    The book takes place in England, most of it being in Devonshire. Devonshire is surrounded by moorland, which is a big swamp. It gets really foggy and sets the eery/gloomy mood very well. The story moves along quickly. Watson is the one telling the story, so it puts the reader right in the action. I think this really helped build the intensity of the book, and capture the attention of the reader. There is a lot of dialogue in it, which is standard for mystery-type books.

    The strengths of this book I would say are that its fairly fast paced; it doesn't take long to read. I really like how it is from Watson's perspective as well. It seems like a lot of books are from the third person viewpoint which takes a lot of the suspense out of a book. Another strength is that this mystery is deeper than some of the shorter Sherlock Holmes book. It also has a supernatural feel to it, with the Baskerville family being terrorized by some sort of demon hound dog. I feel like one of the weaknesses is that there is a lot of the story that doesn't deal with the mystery. There is a lot of dialogue, which can take away from the overall story.

    All in all, it was a decent book. I personally feel like it could of been more suspenseful and grabbing. But for the avid Sherlock Holmes fans, this is a must read.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    A Mystery Novel That Lives Up To The Its Fame

    My title states it, I enjoyed all Sherlock Holmes novels but we can all agree The Hound Of Baskerville was Doyle's most well known. And it sure does live up to its name.
    I read it constantly I was a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes books but this one stood out with mystery, drama, and the horror of it all! I have a big dog, and I have to say when I was reading it, I never looked at him the same. The plot is great, and it keeps you guessing who the culprit of the crime is until the end. And the end of the book is filled, with anticipation as it is through the whole book. It is a must read for any Mystery novel lover, or even anyone who want to read some 'Classics' this is a must read that keeps you guessing, all the way through.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    Nice Mystery

    The infamous Sherlock Holmes is back with his trusted partner Watson at his side. This Sherlock Holmes story is best one ever written.

    This story was written in 1904. The story is the third novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was a mystery that was written for young adults. I am judging this book as a good book because of how detailed the writing is and how suspenseful, but the reason it is a 4 star instead of a 5 star is because the story moves quite slow compared to other mysteries. This book is quite detailed that you almost could picture the story in your mind but not as much as the warrior cat series.

    The story has two main characters that including the supporting characters which are usually witnesses, suspects, or background characters. The plot of the story involves the doctor suspicion that the new owner of Baskerville Hall will be murdered, just like the previous owner, the doctor's patient. So he asks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Watson to help solve the mystery. The story takes place at is London and the moor around Baskerville Hall. This book is mystery for young adult readers. This book is like no other book I have ever read.

    The story The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most suspenseful mystery written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his time. This book was a great and suspense story. Sherlock Holmes and Watson get a new case to solve while trying to protect their client in the process.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

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    A Must-Read Classic

    I have found very few literature 'classics' that I have enjoyed as much as The Hound of the Baskervilles. I am a great fan of Anne Perry's novels and I don't know why I never tried any of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I very much enjoyed the novel as it was very fast-paced and a quick read. The narrative is very descriptive and brings the characters and setting to life effortlessly. I highly recommend this book to any mystery-lover or anyone who enjoys to read about England in the late 1800's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    Eh....

    i just finished reading this book. it was pretty good up till the end. it got somewhat confusing towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    great book

    I really enjoyed this book. I have never read any of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries before, but after reading this one, I'm looking forward to the others. This book was a suspenseful page turner with a lot of surprises and unexpected twists. With every turn of the page, it becomes more and more mysterious. This book was really great, and I hope everyone else will like it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    this was a very good book

    I thought that the Hound of the Baskervilles was a very good book. It was extremely well written. I did need a dictionary on hand sometimes. The book was creative and well thought up. The Hound of the Baskervilles was a very suspensful book. It keeps you reading late into the night. There are twists and turns throughout the book so you never know what will happen next. It is full of surprises. I think that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a wonderful writer. This is a mystery, so if you are one who doesn't like mysteries, then this book is not for you. I really enjoyed this book and if you get it, I hope you do too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    'Hound' is a Reader's Best Friend

    To be perfectly blunt, I am not an avid Sherlock Holmes fan. I won¿t deny that I have an interest in the stories of the famous English detective, but I don¿t consider myself to be a hardcore Sherlock fan(although I have read every single Sherlock story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I guess that amounts to something). Despite that, from the various Sherlock stories I have read, The Hound of the Baskervilles is truly one of the best of the Holmes mysteries. Set in the early years of the twentieth century, Hound is a tale of gothic mystery and thrills. The family of the Baskervilles have had a legend of an ill curse for centuries about a vicious dog-like phantom who mauls and kills any unfortunate Baskerville who crosses its path. The legend gets put in the spotlight again when Sir Charles Baskerville is murdered. Multiple clues and strange evidence seem to point to only one conclusion - the Hound of the Baskervilles has struck again! Sherlock Holmes thinks otherwise, and so he as his companion Dr. John Watson head for the moor country of England to unravel a mysterious and dark conspiracy. For it is clear that someone, or something, is out for Baskerville blood, and if this mystery isn¿t solved, then Sir Henry Baskerville, the last of the Baskervilles, may be as good as dead. I found The Hound of the Baskervilles to be one of the more intriguing tales of Sherlock Holmes, much more so than the other three novels at least, in my opinion. Although it was somewhat difficult to read, considering that I was a Junior High student when I read it and I didn¿t understand a lot of the vocabulary and aspects of English life, it wasn¿t nearly as confusing as reading a Shakespeare play, and I was able to follow the story and plot twists very well and understand enough of it to keep reading until I finished it(and the rest of the Sherlock stories for that matter). Although I wish Holmes made a bit more of a physical appearance and did a little more detective investigating like in A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle still managed to weave a unique and complex tale of secrets, lust, betrayal, and greed. Once again, Doyle manages to keep the reader in a hazy mist of confusion when concerning certain facts and motives, but reveals enough clues and hints through the perspective of Watson to keep you reading in anticipation for the moment where Holmes will give his two cents on the subject and draw some startling conclusion. I recommend this book to anyone willing to subject themselves to a plethora of confusing vocabulary words and references and still appreciate a good story. If you¿re someone who has never read a Sherlock book in your life, let this be your first read, and beware the hound on the moor!

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    Posted September 22, 2010

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    Posted May 7, 2009

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