The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition

The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition

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by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The curse of the Baskervilles began in the 17th Century, when Sir Hugo swore he would give his soul to possess the beautiful daughter of a yeoman. He captured her, but she escaped. He saddled his horse and chased the girl over the moors until she dropped dead from exhaustion . . . and then a black hell-hound appeared, with eyes like fire, and ripped out Hugo's throat.…  See more details below


The curse of the Baskervilles began in the 17th Century, when Sir Hugo swore he would give his soul to possess the beautiful daughter of a yeoman. He captured her, but she escaped. He saddled his horse and chased the girl over the moors until she dropped dead from exhaustion . . . and then a black hell-hound appeared, with eyes like fire, and ripped out Hugo's throat.
Now, years later, the Hound has returned. Already it has caused the death of Hugo's descendant, Sir Charles Baskerville. Can Sherlock Holmes stop the curse before it claims Henry Baskerville, the heir of Sir Charles?

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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 probabilityis 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?”

Copyright 2002 by Arthur Conan Doyle Introduction by Laurie R. King

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The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
pod49 More than 1 year ago
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
dandubovoy More than 1 year ago
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.
GraceC More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 29 days ago
I love Sherlock Holmes, the action packed thriller, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I like the way they make the movies. The book “The Hound of The Baskervilles” the second book of the “Sherlock Holmes” series. When you think of Sherlock Holmes you think of a detective in London and his assistant Dr. Watson, the crime solving duo, but in this book Holmes entrusts a case entirely to Dr. Watson. About the book I wasn’t the biggest fan. The book for me didn’t have that sort of “grab,” to me the book was slow so I had to be very patient reading it. I don’t like the hook in the intro, it didn’t really get my attention. The plot wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It was very slow paced. The first chapter was slow. After the second chapter I would get incredibly bored and end up putting down the book to do other things, and then whenever I had to read again I was lacking the motivation to read again. It was a struggle to get myself to read it. Through most of the beginning part of the book I was confused with what was happening (I’m not going to lie I didn’t read the first book). I’m sure reading the first book would have helped me understand the characters more, how they acted, their personality, and their views opinions. On occasions I found the book a little disturbing, but then they added some humor to lighten the mood, then other times I was confused and oblivious to what was happening. I was unable to finish the book, it just wasn’t the kind of book I like. I wouldn’t recommend the book unless you are someone who like mystery and are patient with the books suspense.
Carstairs38 3 months ago
Spooky Holmes Mystery It’s almost embarrassing for this mystery reader to admit it, but I know almost nothing about the original Sherlock Holmes stories. For example, I’ve read a couple of the short stories, but that was back in Jr. High, and I’ve never read any of the novels. I changed that this month with The Hound of the Baskervilles, an appropriate spooky tale for Halloween. In the country in the southern part of England, there is a family cursed for all time by the actions of one of their ancestors. This ancestor, so the legend goes, was attacked by a hound, a hound that haunts the family to this day. No one pays any attention to this legend until the current member of the Baskerville family dies. He had a weak heart, but there is evidence that suggests his heart might have had help along the way to his death. The family doctor comes into London and presents Holmes and Watson with the facts of the case. He is also there to welcome the new Baskerville heir, who has been living in Canada. Almost as soon as he arrives, this heir is given a warning note that his life in in danger. Is the hound real? If not, can Holmes figure out what is happening? I actually started this book not really knowing much more than the title, but I soon found myself drawn into the story. The events are mysterious and, when we arrive at Baskerville Hall, there is an almost gothic air that I wasn’t expecting. The tension and chills build toward a great climax, and all the plot points are resolved by the end. Since this is really my introduction to the real Sherlock Holmes, I was surprised to find that I didn’t like him at first. He comes across in the beginning as an arrogant know-it-all. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to his super observant behavior in the other, more modern detectives who have been fashioned on him over the years, but it felt a bit like a parlor trick, especially early in the book where he is constantly pulling that out of his pocket. I think the abundance of that in the beginning is what really did it for me. If the same number of scenes had been spread out over the course of the novel, it wouldn’t have bothered me nearly as much. Fortunately, Holmes is actually absent for a portion of the story, and Watson is doing his best to gather clues on his own. This allowed me to truly get to know Watson, and I really like him. Likewise, the rest of the cast are strong characters, and I grew to like most of them. When Holmes comes back into the story, I felt he was more toned down and I liked him as well, probably because we are building toward the climax, and as a result Holmes isn’t showing off as much. Of course, part of my problem might have been the audio version I listened to. David Case is the narrator (there are so many audio versions of this book out there), and I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book because of his narration. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but as I got used to his narrating style, I wasn’t as put off by it. I do think some of my view of Holmes is colored by his performance. I do wonder what I would think if I had read it myself or had someone else as the narrator. Complaints about Holmes aside, I did enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles. I can see why Holmes is such a landmark character in the mystery genre, and I do feel the need to read more of these tales.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the third novel in the Sherlock Holmes series. In the book, the King of Deduction, Sherlock Holmes, undertakes yet another perilous, inexplicable mystery. He must uncover the truth regarding an elderly man’s death while also protecting a young baronet who seems to be dancing on the borders of a similar fate. He employs his extraordinary detective powers, slowly unravelling the facts. But will even Holmes’s skills be apt to solve this mystery? Can the detective discover the truth before it is too late? This old-fashioned fictional book is a prime example of classic literature. An escape from today’s banal, semi-romantic, science-fiction reads, the book provides a portal into nineteenth-century England, charm and formality included. The cordiality of the book alone is intriguing: ladies are regarded with the utmost deference, nobody dares leave home without a spiffy walking-stick and cloak, and everybody travels the busy streets in horse-drawn carriages. In addition, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is manifestly the product of a copious amount of meticulous research and revision. Not a single grammatical error or flaw in consistency will be detected, and the flow of concepts and realistic dialogue is admirable. The author carefully places events, producing moments of sheer horror and suspense followed by spurts of jovial humor. Unlike the typical mystery novel, the resolution is completely unpredictable, holding the reader in a page-turning, hair-raising, laugh-inducing state throughout the entire narrative. Finally, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" does, of course, retain few negative aspects. The old-English language is capable of, at times, marring comprehension, but it also promotes a challenge for avid readers. Nevertheless, I caution young children of certain violent scenes and the mention of alcohol. Overall, though, this classic novel holds entertainment on every page, but beware: Once you read it, you’ll be addicted to Sherlock Holmes! Review by Isabella T., age 13, Memphis Mensa
Tandrence More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my to-read list for such a long time, I finally decided to pick it up. I wish I had done that sooner, I thought this story was fantastic.  The Hound had me terrified, the story had me guessing and every book that I read has me loving Sherlock Holmes more and more.  This story has Holmes and Watson investigating the death of Sir Charles. His family has been plagued by the legend of the devilish Hound of the Baskervilles for generations. The family fears the moor at night, they stay indoors so as to not tempt fate. Sir Charles buys into the legend wholeheartedly, making all attempts to avoid the moor and making plans to move away from the area. So why then is his dead body found out there late at night, the night before he is to move away? Even more intriguing, why are there paw prints from a hound close to the body? Holmes must solve this mystery before the heir to Sir Charles' fortune meets the same fate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning stars out slow but the ending is quite good x!/
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Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
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!
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
One of the best out of the Sherlock Holmes' series. This one is not to be missed by the Die Hardest of fans.
LauraMeow More than 1 year ago
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!
Matthew16 More than 1 year ago
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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Motorolla-Joe More than 1 year ago
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.
BookReader75 More than 1 year ago
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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brian13BC More than 1 year ago
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.
KS3AISL35 More than 1 year ago
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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