The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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"It's an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business, and the more I see of it the less I like it."Sherlock Holmes had been dead for eight years--killed of in another story--when Arthur Conan Doyle decided to bring the famous detective back for a new story that he told friends was turning into "a real creeper". The tale about the chilling re-animation of a curse haunting the Baskerville family since Medieval times, wherein a supernatural beast stalks the gloomy moors, would be the most sensationally successful of all the Holmes stories, and a century later, it is still the most thrilling of them all. Full of moody atmospherics, suspicious characters, and dramatic discoveries, The Hound of the Baskervilles also shows off something often overlooked about Doyle: his wonderful prose. Presented here as it first appeared in The Strand magazine in 1901, this great mystery still strikes many as the best ever written. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781612192604
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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A classic Sherlock Holmes story that was first written as a serial. A brief bit of shooting and mayhem but great for sharing and discussing between generations.

Originally published in The Strand Magazine, August 1901 through April 1902.

One of Sherlock Holmes most famous cases, this is an atmospheric and chilling mystery about the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. 195 pages

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Apr 21, 2020

This is one of the most well-known Sherlock Holmes stories, and it deserves its place in the hearts of fans and newcomers alike. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the epitome of Doyle’s storytelling. Adding in a supposed supernatural element with Holmes’ usual logical deductions makes this one of the best of the detective’s mysteries. With more detail than in his short stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles allows its readers to delve even deeper into the world of the late nineteenth century that we love.

After the mysterious death of Charles Baskerville, one of his neighbors, Dr. Mortimer, comes to consult the great detective with an old tale of a spectral hellhound that supposedly haunts the family. With one of the last descendants of the Baskervilles coming from Canada to take over the estate, Dr. Mortimer is afraid that he is indirectly sentencing the poor unsuspecting man to death by hound.

With Holmes busy in London, Dr. Watson is sent with the new Baskerville, Henry, with strict instructions to stay with him and get to know the neighbors. What follows is one of the greatest mysteries of all time. With twists and turns that would baffle most people, Holmes assembles the pieces with his great deductive reasoning. But can the world’s greatest detective face off with a spectral hound with a hatred for the Baskervilles?

If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, you will love this book. If you’re new to Sherlock Holmes, this is a great book to start with. Full of intrigue and secrets, this book is a great addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon. Definitely pick up this book for a thrilling mystery.

Jul 20, 2019

Another great Holmes story. Well worth reading, even if you've watched any of the various adaptations.

Dec 28, 2018

This book really lives up to its name, and so does Holmes. Sherlock’s train of thought can be hard to follow at times, but it feels very rewarding once you actually figure it out. I like how the story is told from Watson’s perspective, almost as though he is recounting the story to you. Although I might have liked to be able to see some things from Sherlock’s point of view; to see what is going on inside his head. I give this book an eight out of ten for originality, cleverness, and plenty of surprises despite the story being retold many times over. @R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This is a century-old story (literally) of suspense, urgency, and ultimately mystery. There’s really no other way to describe it. This book along with the rest of the Sherlock Holmes series are still seen as the defining mystery novels of all time, and after reading this I can definitely see why. To me, growing up in the 21st century, it seemed a little cliche. But then I realized as I was reading that this is the book that created that cliche! This was the original, and there is a whole added layer in realizing that. It might be one of those books that you have to assume everyone knows the plot of, but I didn’t, and it’s one of those reads where I’m sad I’ll never be able to read it for the first time again. It was effortlessly brilliant. @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Sep 23, 2017

This book is absolutely wonderful, clever, funny, and engaging until the last chapter. The mystery itself is intriguing and will draw you in with no doubt. All of the characters are interesting and have unique voices, and the narration of Dr. John Watson is never intrusive and keeps the novel moving along at a fantastic pace. The book is two parts mastery and one part horror, which makes it for a very interesting read. I appreciate that Doyle sets the narrative up in various ways only to pull the rug out from under you a few times, including a few red herrings which are wonderfully handled and tied up. As I said before, my only complaint is the last chapter. In this chapter Watson asks Holmes to sum up the entire case and fill in the missing pieces, which he does in a very long-winded exposition. It's a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the book, especially when all of the chapters prior are so wonderfully engaging. The final chapter robs this book of its fifth star in my opinion, but it is still an otherwise incredible and quick read. Highly recommended.

Apr 06, 2016

My daughter had to read this book for school, so I decided to read it with her. I'm glad I did. I like the TV adaptation of Sherlock Holmes but I never thought to READ about him. It was captivating and aside from the language it didn't feel dated. This is a must read to anyone who likes mysteries as well as thrillers.

Mar 22, 2016

Enjoyed this very much. I started reading Sherlock Holmes stories after watching the BBC TV show Sherlock - I've been interested to see how the show adapted elements of the original stories into modern times. Now I have to go and watch the episode based on The Hound of the Baskervilles again...!

Feb 24, 2016

I like to read the occasional Sherlock Holmes story because they are fun and because I love the use of language. This one offered the great setting of the Moors which added tons of atmosphere to the book.

Jun 20, 2015

I had to read this book as a part of my high school curriculum. Although it was a book I thought I would highly dislike, I soon found out that it was quite the opposite. The different twists and turns kept you guessing until the very end.

Nov 17, 2013

I had to read this book as part of my high school curriculum. While not the kind of book I am normally attracted too, I did enjoy it. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Jan 15, 2013

My favourite Holmes story. A devious villain, a family curse, and the strange desolation of the moors deep in the British countryside make for a tense, well written story. This one is Doyle's masterpiece.

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Apr 10, 2020

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson investigate the mystery of a strange beast haunting the old Baskervilles family estate. The family has been plagued for centuries by murders and crimes inspired and related to the legend of a supernatural hound haunting their estate. Now Holmes must debunk the folklore before the current family heir Henry Baskervilles falls prey himself.


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