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The Hound of the Baskervilles

(Sherlock Holmes #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  270,147 ratings  ·  8,658 reviews
We owe The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) to Arthur Conan Doyle's good friend Fletcher "Bobbles" Robinson, who took him to visit some scary English moors and prehistoric ruins, and told him marvelous local legends about escaped prisoners and a 17th-century aristocrat who fell afoul of the family dog. Doyle transmogrified the legend: generations ago, a hound of hell tore ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Signet (first published 1901)
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(A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: It establishes setting in gaps between deductions, treating the moor like a living thing: an alien primordial wasteland.
Doug Cannon
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
(781 From 1991 Books) - The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Dr. James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for advice following the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Charles was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall. Mortimer now fears for Sir Charles's nephew and sole heir, Sir Hen
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hound of the Baskervilles.
A slavering demon dog from the pits of Hell, sent to hunt down the males in the cursed line of the Baskervilles as reparation for the evil deeds of their ancestor!
Sounds legit...


It had been a while since I'd read this particular adventure with Holmes & Watson so I figured it was time to revisit the most classic of all Sherlock's cases.
I'd always thought it was cool that this one has a little element of horror to it. Not real horror, mind you. That superstitious sill
Amalia Gkavea
‘’It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.’’

The task of safeguarding a family estate has been bestowed on a young heir. But there is a problem,. A dark curse has been plaguing the Baskerville House for centuries as a result of the actions of a vile ancestor and Hell has found a face in the presence of a black hound with glowing red eyes. Sir Henry Baskerville has come to the one man who knows where to look when everyone else is blind. Sherlock Holmes.

Henry Avila
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the sometimes cold, wet, windy region of southern England called Devonshire, where the land gradually disappears and the stormy sea can be seen, there was a legend of a demonic hound that haunted the Baskervilles family through the centuries, beginning in 1647. Hugo Baskervilles , a tough individual who got what he wanted; until if you are a believer in the supernatural, this vengeful animal mentioned before, came straight from hell, hunted down the vile man and shredding his throat, for a mi ...more
I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, set 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. Rochester, and I've felt the terror ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

All the 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. Wh
Classic and so good! I am glad I finally read this.

I am familiar with Sherlock Holmes, but I am not sure I have ever actually read any of the books. Throughout my life, I have seen many Holmes movies and various pop culture references, so it is all kind of mashed together in my head. By reading The Hound of the Baskervilles I now know with 100% certainty that I have read a Holmes book.

And . . . it seems like it was a great place to start!

Sometimes when reading classic mysteries, they get kind of
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
I'd been toying with the idea of reading books in French. I can understand the language - but as for speaking it, well here's another ball game. I read part of this edition in my class when I was 13 years old. I read when the hound was racing towards its would be victim.

Would be victim...due to Sherlock Holmes' intervention. Holmes is a very fantastic, very popular character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though he claimed to loathe the character, had a hidden fondness for Holmes. The author was furio
After this reread, I can quite simply say that this is the best murder-mystery/detective novel that I have ever read; and certainly the best of Sherlock Holmes. With its ingenious plot, suspense, intrigue, and action perfectly balanced, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a perfect novel of its genre.

Sherlock, in my opinion, shines brightly here. Never has his brilliant and analytical mind and his power of observations has been in sharp play. And surprisingly, the story brings out a different si
Brett C
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this detective story. This is my first Sherlock Holmes book. The story does a great job of combining elements of mystery and subtle supernatural horror. Though the book is serious there are elements of humor with some quirky dialogue.

The vibe of the book was spooky. It is set in the shadowy English autumn centering around the English folk legend of a demonic hellhound. Arthur Conan Doyle does a great job of using imagery with phrases like "the moonlit night, the desolate moo
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. "I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt."

“Holmes, you ar
Jul 25, 2010 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
Simona B
Re-read due to THE BEST CLASS EVER (aka Crime Fiction). I love my life.
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Silver Stars
with Golden Sparks




I couldn't put it down! I wanted to solve the case asap!
& I was proud that I was right at some points :D
my favourite in the series so far. (struggling to give it 4 stars or 5)
plot: ★★★★★/5

the crime, how it was planned, who did that, how Sherlock solved it & every details just made me curious & curious!
Characters: ★★★★★/5
Written style: ★★★★/5
General idea: ★★★★/5
Mar 27, 2008 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
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
R.K. Gold
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not sure if I want to write a full review. It was so meh! I’ll think about it but for now I’ll just leave it a steady 3 maybe 2.5.
Mark Porton
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, classics
My first foray into Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes was The Hound of the Baskervilles.

I really enjoyed this mystery, which was quite surprising as Doyle’s literary style is what I would describe as intricate, ‘old-fashioned’ and very flowery. For example, rather than describe something as “Beautiful” he would write “The object encountered was entirely pleasant to the eye”, or something like that. This is maintained throughout the book and rather than find it too cumbersome or heavy, I foun
_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
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was more like what I expected when I began reading the Sherlock Holmes novels, and would say this is my favourite of all nine of them. It’s an intriguing mystery with enough pursuit for it to be exciting. It feels unlikely that Holmes could solve this. I felt like there was enough throwing us off track to make me interested in the solution. There were moments when we got to see Sherlock’s wit, and moments when we could see the true friendship between him and Watson. They have such good ...more
Oh I do so love Sherlock. I have read this book a few times over the years (god, I sound ancient ha ha), but I never tire of it. I have also seen (and own) any number of movie/TV versions of this story and they all bring something to the story in their different ways.
It is a wonderful story featuring a "fictional" character that surely half the world knows. As G K Chesterton put it, (most) other detective stories are judged on the intricacies of the story line and the characters are secondary, C
My second time reading this story and I still felt the chill and goosebumps. It helped that since I last read it three years ago, I had forgotten some of the particular details of the story and hence, every new revelation was as new to me as when I read it the first time around.

Arthur Conan Doyle combines the mystery, bleakness, horror and danger of the moorland and the Grimpen Mire within it, the fear and terror of the dreaded Hound of the legend of Baskerville, and a murder to create one of th
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult to think of many literary characters who have had anything like the huge impact that Sherlock Holmes has had - not just in literary terms, but culturally as well. The legend that is Sherlock Holmes goes way beyond the world of the written word - and for good reason too; as a character, Holmes is a wonderfully original, eccentric, sociopathic, misanthropic, fascinating, astonishingly brilliant and almost unparalleled creation. The wonderful character that is Sherlock Holmes - both ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2009 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
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“It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild and menacing.”

I enjoyed this so much! I've seen so many adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories - The BBC adaptation, Elementary, the movies featuring Robert Downey Jr, various book retellings - but I've never actually read any of the original stories. So it was nice to ge
 Li'l Owl
The Curse of the Baskervilles portrays the terrifying legend that a great black hound, a devil-beast, that haunts the lonely moors around Baskerville's ancestral home. It is rumored that many of the family have met sudden, bloody, and mysterious deaths out on the moors at night and warning was written in an old manuscript.

Yet may we shelter ourselves in the infinite goodness of Providence, which would not forever punish the innocent beyond that third or fourth generation which is threatened in
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, 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 u

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