Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes faces a case much more complicated than anything before. A death has taken place but a dark veil of mystery hangs over the incident. It’s said that there’s a curse following the Baskervilles and that the death of Sir Charles wasn’t an accident. Could the culprit truly be a hellhound out for blood?


In true Sherlock Holmes style, the story begins when the client — a certain Dr. Mortimer — arrvies and asks for help. Mortimer’s friend, Sir Charles Baskerville, has died but the cause is quite mysterious: Sir Charles died in horror in the moors of his estate and while the official cause of death is marked as a heart attack, near his body were the paw prints of a huge dog. The Baskervilles are said to be cursed and so Mortimer believes Sir Charles didn’t die of a heart attack at all, but because of the attack of a hellhound. Mortimer hopes Holmes can shed light into the situation before Sir Henry Baskerville — the sole heir — takes over the estate and possibly faces the same fate.

Holmes pieces the case together the best he can, but eventually sends Watson with Mortimer and Sir Henry to the estate. There Watson meets more people and tries to gather all the clues he can. A recently escaped convict running around doesn’t make the job any easier, but they have to get to the bottom of it before it’s too late.

I enjoyed the pace and deductions in the story, and it was nice there was a new flavor — the possibility of a supernatural being. Compared to A Study in Scarlet, this held my interest much better and there weren’t any sections I wanted to skip.

I was intrigued from the start and the mystery kept me reading right to the end, and as usual, I couldn’t guess the end result while reading. Watson guides us through the story but there’s a lot of dialogue between the characters. Description takes a back seat for most of it, but the details we get are vivid and paint a great picture of what’s happening.

If you haven’t read this and are looking for a nice detective mystery, I’d recommend you give this a chance. I’m still very much intrigued by Holmes and will definitely read the rest of the stories about him later.



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