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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes #5)

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Book 6 of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The Baskervilles had a family legend-that of a hound from hell plaguing its members since the time of Hugo Baskerville. When Sir Charles Baskerville died three months ago, his friends and neighbours believed the Hound of the Baskervilles to be the cause of his death. Dr. Mortimer, a close friend of Sir Charles, engaged Sherlock Holm ...more
Published April 17th 2003 by Software Literature (first published April 1902)
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Doug Cannon
Feb 17, 2008 Doug Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Grandpa Cannon loved this story, and he often told of a time when he went to see a "picture show" about the Hound of the Baskervilles. "It scared the willies out of me," he said, and then he and his friend had to part ways as my grandpa rode his bicycle home in the dark.

He was thinking about this devil-hound, and then he heard something panting behind him. He pedaled faster and faster, but the panting only got faster and faster too. Then, it was harder and harder to pedal, and his bike was go
Lola  Reviewer

Sadly I don't remember much about this one, except for the fact that the setting is very important and that it is an intense mystery. I read it for school three years ago. Crazy I don't even remember fragments of the story because I recall we did a long and mentally painful paper on it.

Murder... wife... not really a dog... Baah, what am I even saying. It's a blank.
Emily May
It's hard to believe that I've never read Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes tale until now. I don't even know why I've been putting this off, the short stories that I've read about the well-known detective and his sidekick Dr Watson were pretty good but this little novel has remained on my "to read" list for years. And I found The Hound of the Baskervilles a really enjoyable little story, at times very creepy and at others balanced out with humour. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, e ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Jan 27, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This story is an institution from my childhood. I first heard it as a child; my mother told it to me as a bedtime story (yes, my mom is like that). I was creeped out totally - and continued to be so while I read the story in umpteen plagiarised translations (where the hound was changed to all kinds of animal including a monkey) and finally in the original. I even saw two movie adaptations, one in Malayalam (Agnimrigam - bad) and one in Hindi (Bees Saal Baad - good).

If you are a mystery buff and
Jul 29, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime fiction, of course!
I love Sherlock Holmes. I love his name, I love his clothes...I just love his style. Reading The Hound of the Baskervilles...I felt like I was reading the first detective novel ever written. Doyle defined the genre--he was the first and the best.

My nine-year-old daughter loves Sherlock Holmes. She has a little Sherlock Holmes hat that we bought for dress as your favorite literary character day, and she loves nothing more than to put on her little brown trench coat from Target, suck on her plasti
Apr 10, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, mystery
The ultimate tale of the ultimate Victorian hero, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a true masterpiece of the mystery genre, and quite possibly remains the finest mystery novel ever produced -- even if its first appearance was serialized in Strand Magazine.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's unforgettable hero Sherlock Holmes matches his wits against what appears to be a centuries old curse and the ghostly hound that exacts vengeance on the Baskerville ancestors for Sir Hugo Baskerville's sadistic misdeeds
Jason Koivu
May 15, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Highly enjoyable! The Hound of the Baskervilles leans more towards horror than the usual Sherlock crime-solving mystery, but Arthur Conan Doyle worked his hero into this genre with the easy of slipping on a finger-print hiding glove.

Since private investigator Sherlock Holmes' office is in town, taking us readers out of London and into the country can be tricky if it's not to seem forced. To avoid that, Conan Doyle has Holmes send his friend and volunteer assistant Watson out to check on this si
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

4.5 stars. Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr. Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it. And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.

Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr. Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family. Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors. When H
_The Hound of the Baskervilles_ is probably one of the more famous cases of Sherlock Holmes and is also one of only four novel-length treatments of the cases of the great detective. It’s a solid story and is perhaps primarily of interest in the apparently supernatural element which lies at the heart of the case. Indeed this element of the tale, along with its ultimate resolution, is very interesting when viewed in the light of Doyle’s subsequent conversion to spiritualism and when looked at from ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 03, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Short yet full-packed with action. I am halfway with my quest to read the whole Sherlock Holmes canon and I've read two of his earlier novels and around 30 of his short stories but I think this novel is just the best so far.

What make this different and better are the following: (1) the gothic ingredient. The fearsome hound with burning read eyes that later said to be because of phosphorus. I fear crazy dogs or dogs running amok because I was bitten by one when I was a small boy; (2) Watson, who
Jul 25, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هولمز :"لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله "اذن
نعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء ..ولكن ..انتظر .. ليس لهذا الحد ..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث..

افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له.. تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي .. فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟؟

قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد..

I am a big fan of any writer who is capable of creating powerful and memorable characters in literature. And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no exception. His work on other books may also be quality but it is Sherlock Holmes who will always be remembered. And for good reason. The man is brilliant, eccentric and also flawed in slight ways morally and ethically. He's intriguing, he's slightly dangerous, he's obsessive... Is there no adjective you cannot throw at the blended mix that is Holmes? If I were
Aug 26, 2013 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stairs which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill."

What makes The Hound of Baskervilles not only the best Holmes novel I’ve read so far, but also the definitive gothic murder mystery, and, some argue, the greatest crime novel ever written? Following is a list of key suspects: Manor house murthers; mysterious missives; motivations as murderously murky as the mires & moors masked in mist;
آشنایی من با هلمز بر میگرده به کودکیم. همیشه اسمش رو شنیده بودم، بی اونکه چیزی ازش خونده باشم. دبیرستان بودم که به لطف کتابخونه ی خوب مدرسه، تازه باهاش آشنا شدم.

توی دوره ی دبیرستان، دیوانه وار شیفته ی یه سری داستان ها شدم. یکی داستان های علمی تخیلی ایزاک آسیموف. یکی دیگه ماجراهای کارآگاه مشهور. وقتی میگم دیوانه وار، منظورم واقعاً دیوانه واره. با برادر کوچک ترم اداش رو در میاوردیم توی مدرسه. زنگ تفریح روی تخته سیاه طرح های مخوف میکشیدیم که ببینیم کی با دیدنشون جا میخوره و هر کس جا میخورد، معلوم
Sep 19, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers; Anglophiles
Recommended to Amanda by: Ruth Provost
I was not looking forward to reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, but it was this month's book club selection and, as a good little book clubber, I knew I had to persevere. The book had two strikes against it: 1) I really don't like mysteries and 2) I envisioned several pages about a couple of boring Brits (not to be confused with Monty Python Brits) who occasionally stumbled over a body. One of the great things about book club is that it often proves me wrong. I really enjoyed the book, altho ...more
I've enjoyed most of the Sherlock Holmes stories but this one is my favorite. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, with the setting on a dark English moor. I've never seen an English moor but I've experienced them through the great books I've read. I've imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff. I've been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane! Jane! Jane! from her forlorn Mr. ...more
I think that Doyle's short stories work much better than his full-length ones. This one is slightly better than The Sign of Four but again I found the story-telling a bit boring, especially in the first three quarters of the book. During the last quarter, it picks up the pace and things get interesting. There's really not much more to say other than it was an interesting story with really clever twists. Had Doyle decided to make it a shortie, I think it would have been perfect.
Dec 18, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes, or a good mystery
Shelves: loved, mystery
I just finished teaching this book, and it gave me a new appreciation for the vocabulary and structure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was a little nervous about teaching this to 6th graders, as the vocabulary is difficult, and the story is intricately woven together, and can be confusing for younger readers. But as always the girls fell in love with Watson, and were amazed at Sherlock's ability to piece together this puzzle.

This story is set in London and the English countryside of Dartmoor in the
يبدو أنني قد أدمنت هذا الشيرلوك هولمز :))

مازلت أنتظر الفرصة التي أستطيع بها الحصول على باقي قضاياه ومغامراته، فأنا مشغولة جدا هذه الأيام بمَدْرسة أولادي اللعينة ومشاكلها

كانت هذه مغامرة أخرى وقضية شائقة من قضاياه وكانت قابعة في مكتبتي منذ زيارتي لمعرض الكتاب لعام ... كنت أبحث عن كتاب يصلح للقراءة الصباحية قبل الشروع في أعمالي اليومية، وقد كان اختيارا موفقا

هذه القضية أكبر حجما مما قرأته قبل ذلك، شخوصها أكثر عددا من المعتاد، ومتداخلة الأحداث ... بها لمسة رعب وإثارة و(تويست) في الأحداث

ترجمة بعض
Shayantani Das
Feb 22, 2012 Shayantani Das rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my favorite Sherlock mystery. It has everything, Sherlock with his incorrigible behavior, Watson getting a bit limelight for a change, their interactions, horror, and mystery.
"Per me il mistero più grande è come mai il cane, supponendo che tutte le nostre ipotesi siano corrette...".
"Io non suppongo".
(Watson e Holmes)

Avete presente i libri pop-up che popolano gli scaffali dedicati alla letteratura d'infanzia? Quelli che, appena aperti, sputano fuori sagome cartacee di rospi, draghi e castelli? Ho il fondato sospetto che sia stato Conan Doyle a fornire l'idea a qualche creativo. Apri "Il mastino dei Baskerville", ti prepari ad abbandonarti alla narrazione e dopo poc
Vane J.
Sep 05, 2015 Vane J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holmes' fans, mystery fans, classic literature fans...everyone, really.
The first time I read this book, I was 12 years old. I know, too young, but it was a school assignment. Anyway, I remember that I was haunted by this book for weeks until I couldn't stand it more and I read it again at the beginning of 2014, that is four years after. But then, I was haunted again and I decided to read it one more time. This is one of the few books that cause that effect on me, and if I could congratulate Arthur Conan Doyle, I would do it immediately.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
May 10, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes confounded me as a teenager. My concept of what made a good mystery came from Agatha Christie and Clue (both the movie and board-game.) A quality mystery gave you a chance to decipher hints and guess the culprit; with the denouement featuring a clever twist that turned your expectations around (or set your mind alight if you figured it out ahead of time.)

But Sherlock Holmes mysteries are different. They're often more about the grand adventure that set the scene as the crime itse
Aug 12, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

A much better yarn than my previous outing of "A Study in Scarlet" with a more engaging plot and a lot of atmosphere which added to the whole experience. It seemed to me that this novel actually benefitted from Sherlock playing a smaller role so his overall impact was greater when he did show up but also his big headedness was less grating meaning he came across as a more stylish sleuth.

The plot was interesting but as this is an old story and quite influential to the genre it sort of fel
Sep 04, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ is absolutely the best of the Sherlock Holmes novels. With its family curses, demonic hounds, wild rural setting, escaped convicts, red herrings galore and mysterious murders, it really does fillet the elements of a gothic mystery down to a swift and thoroughly enjoyable read. Furthermore, it’s the only Holmes novel which doesn’t have a long flashback involving neither of the main protagonists, as such we are constantly in the action and it’s thrilling.

This was th
The good thing about any Sherlock Holmes book, is that the story doesn't revolve only around some mystery. You can't help but realize the richness of Arthur Conan Doyle's fiction, which makes the Holmes mysteries distinguished from many others. Focusing solely on the mystery (not necessarily a bad thing) increases the chance of the book being forgotten as soon as another comes out. This evidently doesn't happen with the Holmes mysteries, which makes their namesake one of the most memorable chara ...more
Yash Sinojia
4.5 stars
This is the first Sherlock Holmes book I've read and it's so beautifully written.
I would call it a Victorian horror with pretty plot twists.
Sherlock is pretty much sophisticated character as I had expected, and will be my all-time favourite detective.
The most fascinating parts of the books were the scenes that took place at night in Dartmoor and Grimpen Mire also it's very suspenseful till end ..
The whole setting was amazing and nocturnal.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style is so s
Much better than the other full Sherlock novels - there were no dragged out scenes or explanations, everthing was to the point. The mystery was done well, there were a few decent red herrings thrown in, and things were revealed/solved at a good pace. All in all, my favorte Sherlock story so far.
May 22, 2016 Jaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
Apr 19, 2011 Luana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho acquistato quest'edizione de 'Il mastino dei Baskerville' un anno fa per 2,45 impietosita dalla visione di questo libro buttato lì all'autogrill quasi che si fossero tutti dimenticati del suo valore. Dopo aver lasciato che militasse nelle file della mia libreria per ben 365 giorni senza che nessuno lo leggesse o prendesse in considerazione, ispirata dalla lettura della mia cara amica Elisa, ho deciso di prenderlo in mano anche io. Sono stata subito avvolta in una spirale del tempo che mi ha p ...more
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)
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  • O Cão dos Baskervilles / A Face Amarela (Obras Completas de Sherlock Holmes, #2)

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