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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first - class mystery thriller
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a marvellous example of a British detective mystery. The story keeps you entertained and guessing at every twist and turn and the ending is far from predictable! An enjoyable and well written mystery and a classic Sherlock Holmes case.
Published on 28 Aug 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the weakest of Conan Doyle's plots
Whenever I write a negative review of a well-loved book I get criticism from fans along the lines of `have you actually read it?' Perhaps writing reviews of books I haven't read would make some kind of artistic statement but it sounds like too much effort for my essentially lazy self.

So then, here is a book that I have read and don't much care for. I like...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first - class mystery thriller, 28 Aug 1999
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a marvellous example of a British detective mystery. The story keeps you entertained and guessing at every twist and turn and the ending is far from predictable! An enjoyable and well written mystery and a classic Sherlock Holmes case.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling and gripping read - a real page-turner!, 25 Aug 2001
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'The Hound of the Baskervilles' sees Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson on one of their most famous and exciting adventures. Right from the start the author succeeds in grabbing the readers' attention, and dramatic plot twists and the eery setting of the desolate moors keep it held until the final page. Holmes and Watson's detective skills are called upon to investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose body is discovered with a look of terror upon his face near the footprints of a huge hound. Could the tale of a terrifying beast that haunts the Baskerville family be more than just superstition? The skills and courage of the Sleuths are tested to the limit in their bid to discover the truth. Although first published almost a hundred years ago, this novel has lost none of its appeal and is as good as any modern-day thriller. Full of excitement and suspense, this book is a real page-turner, and a must for all fans of the detective novel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloom, Doom, and Subtle Misdirection, 26 May 2004
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Most Sherlock Holmes stories (especially the short stories like The Red Headed League) are like playing chess in a Victorian drawing room. You get a period piece with some subtle moves. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a total change-up from that format. Doyle builds the atmosphere of ancient legends, foul play, and a dark moor in an irresistible way. You will find yourself looking out over your shoulder if you read this book on a dark, lonely night. So if you like a novel with a true gothic feel, this will be your main reward.
Your unexpected reward will be one of the most famous clues in all of detective fiction. In searching out who is haunting the Baskerville's, Doyle has Holmes solve the puzzle by looking for something that no one else was looking for. This is the only mystery that I know of that is solved by vacuous fulfillment (an odd concept of mathematics that Doyle must have known about).
The third feature of this story is the many fallacious beliefs about how science works (like phrenology -- the shape of the skull determining your mind and character). You may find this interesting or annoying. In either case, try to remember that we probably have many similar false beliefs today that will look silly a hundred years from now. Can you think of one?
Wrap up in a blanket by the fire, have a glass of wine, and shiver with anticipation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sherlock Homes- A classic!, 11 April 1999
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This review is from: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is a great book, a full length detective story instead of the usual short stories... full of mystery and intrigue. Suitable for 13 over as it is slightly confusing, but well worth reading! The story has a clever plot, and is a mixture of fiction, mystery and horror.
Definitly a great book, if I could give it 6 crowns I would!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "As you value your life...keep away from the moor.", 4 Sep 2005
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With echoes of Edgar Allan Poe, this 1902 novel continues to delight mystery-lovers. Elegantly written in formal prose, the story focuses on the moor surrounding the ancestral home of Sir Henry Baskerville, an American who has inherited it upon the mysterious death of his uncle Charles. The moor is so treacherous that no one dares venture upon it at night--one step off the path, and the mire will swallow the unfortunate victim.
Family legend says that a sadistic Baskerville from the eighteenth century once loosed a huge and ferocious dog in pursuit of a woman who had escaped his clutches, and that she had died of fright when she heard the dog panting behind her on the moor. The lecherous Baskerville, in pursuit, had had his throat torn out by this "dog from hell." The ghostly dog can still be heard howling on the moors, and many believe it was the dog which caused the elderly Sir Charles Baskerville to have his fatal heart attack.
In classically Gothic style, the novel features mysterious cries from the moor, foggy nights, an escaped prisoner, signals by candlelight, a butler who knows more than he says, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past, a small boy who carries messages, and someone who spies on the dark and isolated Baskerville Hall. Sherlock Holmes plays a lesser role in this story than he does in most others, remaining in London while Dr. Watson accompanies Sir Henry to his estate as an observer and protector.
Holmes, of course, is operating behind the scenes, learning about the activities at Baskerville Hall through the daily accounts which Watson sends him (and which reveal much of the action to the reader). By no means the bumbling character which films have portrayed, Watson offers sensible advice to Sir Henry and shows a keen eye for details of interest to Holmes.
Though the prose is often "purple" with melodrama and overwrought description, this contributes to the fun of the novel, providing a dramatic counterweight to the extreme logic of Sherlock Holmes, whose late appearance in the novel comes as a carefully timed surprise. The story is intriguing, the mysteries are well developed, the atmosphere is suitably spooky, and the resolution, though not really surprising, is appropriate. Even if the story had not been made into a memorable film with Basil Rathbone, The Hound of the Baskervilles would still be justly famous as Conan Doyle's best developed mystery, a genuine classic of the genre. Mary Whipple
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Gothic Atmosphere, 15 Mar 2011
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Despite being written in 1902, this is immensely fresh and readable mystery. Sherlock Holmes and his offsider Dr Watson are investigating the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville. It appears that he may have fallen victim to a family curse: a ghostly hound that lurks in the nearby moor at night. Holmes and Dr Watson need to solve the mystery and in doing so protect Sir Charles's heir, Sir Henry Baskerville.

The book has a terrific gothic atmosphere. There is the dark and near empty Baskerville Hall, eerie lights and sounds coming from the moor, anonymous letters of warning to Sir Henry, an escaped murderer on the loose, secretive locals and a general feeling of menace. The mystery has a number of strands with plenty of twists and red herrings along the way. Great fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Known Holmes..., 21 July 2012
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...though, for my money, not the best story.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles is a perfectly good Holmes Story, but the likes of The Valley of Fear and A Study In Scarlet, though perhaps less well known, are better constructed.

That said this, as with previous readings by Sir Derek Jacobi from Audio Go, is a perfectly pitched rendition of the book. Jacobi places the reader firmly in John Watson's point of view and really makes you feel as if he is telling you the story.

As a leaping off point, this is perfect... invest in it and immerse yourself in the worrld of fiction's best detective!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Holmes tale, 6 Jan 2006
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The image of Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is perhaps the most enduring image we have of him. You see, an Inverness cloak and deerstalker cap are inappropriate wardrobe for the town, and belong in the country. Sherlock Holmes is predominantly a city dweller and city investigator; it is relatively uncommon that he treks out on adventures, but the case of the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the attempted murder of Sir Henry Baskerville led him to the Dartmoor plain. Thus, country garb was in order. This is where we get much of our imagery.
Also helping with this is that every major actor to play Holmes has considered 'Hound of the Baskervilles' to be the ultimate Holmes story to act -- rather like the Hamlet of Conan Doyle's work. Holmes was a popular film icon, and in the early decades of the twentieth century several dozen films were made of Holmes, but the first after these many films to be set in Victorian times (and not be updated for the screen) was a version of Hound. Ellie Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett -- many distinguished actors have considered this among their greatest roles.
Watson dates the case to 1889, but various reading authorities, knowing the good doctor's occasional attempts to distort details to protect the privacy of the innocent, have dated this to between 1886 and 1900.
In fact, the novel appeared in serialised form in the Strand magazine, the great first-publication site of most Holmesian tales, between August 1901 and April 1902, after Conan Doyle had attempted to kill off the great detective in the short story The Final Problem, which showcased Holmes' battle with Moriarity, the Napoleon of Crime. In fact, Conan Doyle came to dislike the character of Holmes because it was a distraction to his other pursuits.
So, bowing to public pressure, Conan Doyle penned Hound of the Baskervilles to placate the public demand for more stories, but took care to place it before the death of Holmes, in the hopes that he could leave the detective safely dead (if not buried). Such was not to be, and we find a few years later that in fact Conan Doyle 'resurrects' Holmes in a rather ingenious fashion.
But, on to the story at hand. Holmes and Watson, at home at 221b Baker Street, are approached by a Dr. James Mortimer regarding the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and a family curse which involved evil forces in the form of a satanic hound. Mortimer is concerned for the safety of the new proprietor of the family lands, freshly arriving from Canada, who had a new boot stolen, then an old boot stolen, in his hotel in London. Later Holmes would put together the significance of this seeming strange minor act (no, I won't tell you).
Holmes sends Baskerville and Watson together to the country estate while he tends things in London on another case. In reality, Holmes is setting Watson up as a diversion, while he investigates the moor and the surroundings of the Baskerville estate under cover. Life at the estate is a bit strained, given the murder, an attempted murder, a curse, and all. The neighbours seem nice enough, though. Or are they? Watson picks up on curious little details of their relationship, which he reports back in written notes to Holmes (which have been redirected to his moor outpost).
Eventually Holmes reveals himself to Watson, and then to Baskerville, and the chase is on in earnest, to discover the reality of the mysterious creature each have seen or heard. In good mystery fashion, we come across long lost relatives and an inheritance to be had; we find plots and subplots muddied by superstitious belief and fear, on a mysterious plain in southwestern England.
All the elements combined that are now considered standard bits for a well-done country English mystery. But the mystery does not stop merely with the story. In true mystery fashion, appearing in the Daily Express edition of March 16, 1959, there were doubts cast upon the authorship of Hound of the Baskervilles. The one who carried the dispute was named none other than Baskerville, Harry Baskerville. He credited the story to one Fletcher Robinson, who died (perhaps of the Egyptian mummy's curse) at age 35 shortly after the publication of Hound. With his death, only Baskerville remembered the issue of co-authorship. Baskerville claims it was Robinson who 'borrowed' the Baskerville name.
One of Conan Doyle's heirs, Adrian Conan Doyle, heatedly denied involvement of Robinson past possible 'conversations' that might have taken place between Arthur Conan Doyle and Robinson. But, he did not deny Conan Doyle's possible 'inspiration' from Robinson.
One Baker Street Irregular (an exclusive club of Holmesian experts) was doing a monograph on this issue as well, claiming that the reason why Holmes appears so infrequently is due to the fact that he had to be written in to an otherwise essentially completed story. This Irregular travelled to meet with Baskerville, and hinted at discoveries he had found. But alas, the Irregular died three weeks later in America, his monograph never published and his notes were never found. Perhaps a dog ate the homework? A mysterious hound, perhaps?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hound Of The Baskervilles: Arthur Conan Doyle - Holmes' best!, 18 Feb 2013
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Published in 1901 (in an effort to placate Holmes fans clamouring for more Holmes stories between killing off his fictional hero in 1893 and restoring him in 1903) and set in the late 1880s, The Hound Of the Baskervilles changed from an effort to placate fans into one of Doyle's most famous books, and probably the best know Holmes story. It was so successful that Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes 2 years later. It has endured, and is as readable and enjoyable today as it was then. Mixing Doyle's interests in the arcane and his rationalism, he first writes an atmospheric and downright spooky supernatural tale with the set up for the curse of the Baskervilles, then a thrilling tale of murder and greed as Holmes is brought in to investigate the recent death of a Baskerville that might be related to the curse and brings his rationalism to bear to expose a very human plot. Of the Holmes stories it is one of the best written and enthralling. It's a perfect read, 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hound Of The Baskervilles: Arthur Conan Doyle - Holmes' best!, 18 Feb 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Published in 1901 (in an effort to placate Holmes fans clamouring for more Holmes stories between killing off his fictional hero in 1893 and restoring him in 1903) and set in the late 1880s, The Hound Of the Baskervilles changed from an effort to placate fans into one of Doyle's most famous books, and probably the best know Holmes story. It was so successful that Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes 2 years later. It has endured, and is as readable and enjoyable today as it was then. Mixing Doyle's interests in the arcane and his rationalism, he first writes an atmospheric and downright spooky supernatural tale with the set up for the curse of the Baskervilles, then a thrilling tale of murder and greed as Holmes is brought in to investigate the recent death of a Baskerville that might be related to the curse and brings his rationalism to bear to expose a very human plot. Of the Holmes stories it is one of the best written and enthralling. It's a perfect read, 5 stars.
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