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The cover on this Wisehouse Classics edition looks like it could be a copy of the very first edition which is a bit of a bonus compared to some covers that crop up on older books in the kindle catalogue. This was first printed in book form in 1902 after it had been serialised in The Strand Magazine. This has always been very popular ever since its first publication and has remained so up to this day, where many people believe it to be quite correctly, one of the best of the Holmes tales.

By the time that Conan Doyle started work on this he had already killed Holmes off in the tale ‘The Final Problem’ where it appears that both Holmes and Moriarty have plunged to their deaths at the Reichenbach Falls. Absolutely fed up with his famous detective Doyle wanted to move away from him, but as he supported a large extended family where he helped out cousins and in at least one case financed a business venture for a family member, as well as having an ill wife he needed money. This tale therefore takes place before Holmes was apparently killed.

The actual basis of this tale does include a Devonshire family legend and at least one folk myth from Devon so this does help set this story in the right place as it were. I should think that most people know this tale although for those who don’t this involves a supposed family curse whereby a giant hound, seemingly from Hell itself is known to kill members of the Baskerville family. As the latest heir to the estate is making his way from North America so Holmes is called in to help offer advice and protection.

This is told to us by Dr Watson as is the norm, but also not only in a direct narrative but also in letter and journal form, this is to perhaps give this a more intense feel. With a clever fiend for Holmes to tackle this also has red herrings and other events going on at the same time to try and confound you in getting the solution to this. With the background provided by Dartmoor this has some gothic undertones and is probably the best Holmes book when it comes to creating a very strong atmosphere and setting, all of which is used to advantage here. In all this has proved popular with many people throughout the world and if you haven’t read this before you are in for a treat.
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on 13 May 2017
Conan Doyle's detective stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, and his somewhat less charismatic sidekick Dr.Watson, are among the best ever written, and in this edition you get all of them (it is claimed): 1400 pages for less than 10 dollars is thus very good value indeed! If you have never sampled Sherlpck Holmes, and would like to do so, buy this edition without any hesitation – you might get hooked!
But I am a neurophysiologist interested in the how the brain works, and what interests me specially in Sherlock Holmes is that he spends a lot of time explaining to Dr Watson the reasoning behind his detective achievements. It is not easy to find descriptions of Wisdom at work that use non-technical, everyday, language.
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on 30 April 2016
I can well imagine how it must have been to read Sherlock Holmes when first published and be impressed by his novel, deductive methods. In the light of our exposure to so many TV series that make us all think we could walk into a crime scene, pull on our disposable plastic gloves and figure out who dun it, motive, method, opportunity, it all felt a bit pedestrian. Sorry, Sir Arthur, I really did want to be more impressed.
It was interesting to have spring to mind scenes from films and TV, old and new, and how the enigmatic (or is it ASD?) Holmes was portrayed.
I must have read most of the Holmes stories as a teenager (in the 60s!!) and recall that they were real page-turners and plot twisters to me then. Ah!! the loss of innocence.
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on 22 May 2013
Perhaps a central attraction of The Hound of The Baskervilles is that one mystery in the plot breeds another almost ad infinitum. Dr Mortimer believes that Sir Charles Baskerville's death is due to the curse of the Baskervilles by which successive heirs to its legacy have been snuffed out in untimely fashion across the centuries since the time of Cromwell when after an avenging spirit wants to settle a score after the early Sir Hugo Baskerville's lifestyle and deeds had blackened the family's name.
There is an attempt to reinforce the plausibility of the curse in the suggestion that when it is found that Sir Charles' body shows no sign of violence to it, the only possible explanation of his untimely death may be that he died of fright after witnessing the notorious hound, reputed by some to be a beast inhabited by a demon.
The plot clearly demands a willing suspension of disbelief and though it is a little difficult to take it seriously, there is just enough in the so-called myth of the beast to put events into the realm of possibility.
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on 25 May 2017
A good read one I have not visited for some time and glad I did to value it's content . Nice one Sherlock
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on 29 June 2017
Another excellent read.. the stories really give depth and detail to the films I've seen on these books before..
a must read for any Sherlock fans of any age
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on 28 January 2016
A little drawn out
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on 29 July 2017
This is a marvellous story one of the best by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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on 2 August 2017
Moves along nicely. The modern tv series is true to the characters.
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on 2 June 2017
After trying some classic literature I've found a new book that I can go back to again and again, some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books have bored or confused me but this is fantastic, it's true horror and mystery
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