Sunday, October 28

Book Review: The Hound of Baskervilles

Title: The Hound of Baskervilles

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Pages: 174

Summary: It was a brave man who would cross the wild Devon moorlands in darkness.
For the ancient legend of the hound of the Baskervilles had persisted in family history for generations. Indeed it was Sir Charles’s mysterious death in the grounds of Baskerville Hall that brought Sherlock Holmes to the scene of one of his most famous and intriguing cases.

“He was running, Watson - running desperately, running for his life, running until he burst his heart and fell dead upon his face . . .’ What had it been, looming through the darkness, that could have inspired such terror? A spectral hound loosed from hell; or a creature of infinite patience and cunning, with a smiling face and a murderous heart. . . .

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Part of my love and appeal for the Sherlock stories, is Sherlock himself. He's up there with some of my all time favourite literary characters. I'm not exactly sure what draws me to him so much, but he's a character I love to immerse myself into. This story was no exception, although he was surprisingly absent from for a good part of it, when he does pop back into the story, it did make me smile.

The setting of the book worked great. Doyle knew how to set up the story in a way, you got  the feel for a good mystery book. You could almost feel the atmosphere the characters where in as they worked to solve the mystery. Which I think was the main reason why I enjoyed the book so much, was how it was set up. The entire plot and setting just added that extra push to make it an engrossing read. It also helped it was late into the evening and it was a windy and rainy night. A bit cliché I know, but it added that extra something to the book reading experience.

Doyle also always seems to do a good job at creating the actually mystery itself, as I always get a kick out of how Sherlock has solved the whole thing, because of some obvious fact like the type of newspaper a person has used to write a letter. His characterization on Sherlock was excellent, as I always enjoy reading about how Sherlock has figured out the latest clue, even if it's a little farfetched.

Overall, a great book. Not a big mystery fan, but I always enjoy a good story from Sherlock adventures.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the novella was just as entertaining as the short stories I've read on Sherlock, and this is a type of mystery book I think even those who generally don't like mystery could enjoy.

What to read next: More Sherlock


  1. I've probably read more of others' versions of Holmes than by Doyle himself. Still, the character intrigues me and I've had Hound of the Baskerville on my must-read list for sometime.

    1. I can't imagine reading Holmes without Doyle. I wonder if the character lives up to what he's like in the hands of Doyle?