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Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been f...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Signet Classics (first published 1901)
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Doug Cannon
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...more
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
Jason Koivu
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...more
Alison
Jul 29, 2010 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Brad
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...more
Terry
_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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jonathan

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...more
Amanda
Sep 19, 2013 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Geoff
"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;...more
Amanda
Dec 18, 2007 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Shayantani Das
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.
Elisa
"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...more
Ferdy
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.
Richard
7.5/10

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...more
Carlo
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
Bruce
Having completed my nth reading of Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Hound of the Baskervilles, not having read it for a decade or two, I was once again charmed, realizing yet again why the Sherlock Holmes stories have been so enduring for so many readers. This time around I was more aware of the occasional tiny and subtle clues that Doyle, in the person of Watson, provides about Holmes’s personality. Why has this curious figure so captivated readers for more than a century? He is cool, indeed rather co...more
Diane
Of the four Sherlock Holmes novels, this one is my favorite. Published in 1901, it tells the story of Sir Charles Baskerville, who is found dead at his country estate. Local legend tells of a fearsome, devilish hound that terrorizes people on the moor. Did Sir Charles die because of this diabolical hound?

Meanwhile, the Baskerville heir arrives in London and someone seems to be following him -- and stealing his boots! What the deuce is going on?

One of the fun aspects of this novel is that Sherloc...more
Mala
Review of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Shelf: Mystery/thriller/noir,Bookshelf from my childhood & teenage years.
Recommended for: Sherlock Holmes fans.

4*actually on a fresh,adult reading.
The Hound is a gothic mystery & the most famous of Doyle's four Holmes novels.
Its plot centres on a supposedly supernatural occurance pitted against Holmes' supremely rational mind which believes "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."(P.24...more
Crystal Starr Light
Dr. Mortimer appears at 221B Baker Street to elicit the help of the famous Sherlock Holmes. Sir Charles Baskerville is dead, and it is supposed that he died because of a curse on the family. Now, Sir Henry Baskerville is ready to take over for his grandfather, only will he soon suffer the same curse?

I've only had the chance to read one other Sherlock Holmes story--a short story, whose name I've long forgotten, where the clever use of a carriage came into play (by the way, that was one of the onl...more
F.R.
‘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...more
Susan
October is a great month for a little classic horror from a master. Holmes and Watson are off to the moors for a little sleuthing around. In Holmes style he waits until the end to unfold all of the facts to catch the killer. My son informed me that the narrator Simon Prebble also was the voice of "Courage the Cowardly Dog's" computer on Nickelodeon.
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Oct 29, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of classic detective fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) by: Sherlock Holmes as a cultural icon
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Werner
Sep 06, 2008 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, esp. Sherlock Holmes fans
This is my personal favorite among the Sherlock Holmes novels of Doyle's original canon; the date cited below, 1969, is my best guess as to the first time I read it, but I've read it, I think, three times altogether! With its pseudo-supernatural element, and the well-realized ambiance of the isolated old family mansion and the surrounding lonely, quicksand-pocked moor, it's easily the most Gothic of the author's novels (at least, of the ones I've read). But the attraction of the book isn't simpl...more
Luana
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...more
John Yelverton
The only Sherlock Holmes novel. It's not quite as good as the short stories, but it's still a fantastic read.
Wanda
"Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?"


This was a re-read for me, but after many decades. I had forgotten...more
Clif Hostetler
This is a classic of the mystery book genre. I recall checking it out of the library while in grade school, but while listening to the audio of it this time I found no parts of the plot that conjured up any old memories. So I'm doubtful now that I ever finished reading it when I was a kid.

The mystery to be solved in this book is embedded within the lowland English moors filled with dangerous quicksand bogs, and local legend claims that the moors are also haunted by a mysterious and supernatural...more
Kim
A classic tale which never gets old, this short novel has something for everyone. It's classic Sherlock Holmes, so there is a compelling mystery, great characters and wonderful atmosphere. From the rooms of 221B Baker Street, to the streets of London, to the misty Moor, the sense of time and place is masterfully evoked. There are clues to be discovered and the resolution to be explained to Dr Watson (and thus the reader!) in Holmes' inimitable style. Small wonder that Conan Doyle has influenced...more
Sean
This is the first Sherlock Holmes I have read and it certainly won't be my last. The story is about a mysterious supernatural hound that terrorizes the residents of the moorlands of Devon. Sherlock Holmes with his partner Watson are called in to get to the bottom of it. A fast paced thriller with enough twists and clues to keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the mystery is finally unraveled. I think this story is a good place to start and Doyle's shorter Sherlock stories are next on...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.

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