The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

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The Hound of the Baskervilles was a light, enjoyable read. It is easy to see why Sherlock Holmes mysteries were so popular. They are easy to read, quickly paced, and pack enough muscle to keep the page turned. Holmes penetrating powers of observation and deduction are fascinating.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of master mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most accomplished stories. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson confront one of their most difficult cases ever: is there truly a curse on the old Baskerville estate? Is there truly a ghostly beast lurking on the dark, eerie moors? A masterful concoction of plot and mood, this story is guaranteed to give you the shivers.
 

About Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

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The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.
 
Published April 6, 2016 by Oxford University Press, UK. 182 pages
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Reviewed by Mat Brewster on Mar 18 2005

The Hound of the Baskervilles was a light, enjoyable read. It is easy to see why Sherlock Holmes mysteries were so popular. They are easy to read, quickly paced, and pack enough muscle to keep the page turned. Holmes penetrating powers of observation and deduction are fascinating.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Erin Britton on Dec 28 2008

The Hound of the Baskervilles is certainly one of the best and most deservingly famous of all the Sherlock Holmes tales. The mystery of the Baskervilles keeps the reader hooked and entertained through every twist and turn...

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Eisenhart on Feb 25 2011

There's a pretty good case to be made that this is Holmes at his finest; in any case, it's a great introduction to the master detective and his faithful chronicler. The plot moves along at a good pace, the quality of the writing is excellent...Holmes and Watson are well portrayed and have some classic, character-defining interactions.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Matt H on Jan 04 2016

One of the most brilliant aspects of this book is how many genres the author was able to pack into its pages. Although the strongest genre is mystery, romance, drama, and historical fiction are intertwined through the book...The Hound of the Baskervilles, will impress you with its well-written chapters, and give you a healthy dose of action.

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Brothers Judd

Good
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Jan 14 2001

Holmes and Watson are so familiar to us as to need no further exposition. Suffice it to say that this quintessential novel features many of the elements that made the series immortal...

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Book Review Circle

Excellent
Reviewed by Suchandra Ganguly on Sep 19 2015

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sets an eerie, haunting and chilly atmosphere in this story through his vivid and picturesque description of the melancholy moor...Then, this is the one you are missing. Right from the first page, the story will give you goose bumps...This is a masterpiece in the genre of detective/suspense/horror stories.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S on Jul 14 2007

I must say that the outcome of this story was not very surprising, but I wouldn’t say it was sadly predictable either. The clues are in the book, and the fact that the reader can figure things out on his own is very satisfying...Another thing I loved about this book was how very atmospheric the descriptions were.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Oct 28 2012

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...this is a type of mystery book I think even those who generally don't like mystery could enjoy.

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The Literary Omnivore

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Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Oct 26 2011

After honing this series on the short stories, Doyle returns Watson and Holmes to the novel in The Hound of the Baskervilles, which has all the character-driven mystery, touches of the Gothic, 1880s London, and, of course, the friendship between Watson and Holmes that you could ever want. A lovely outing.

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The Book Lover's Boudoir

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Reviewed by pamelascott30 on Feb 10 2013

I really liked the twists and turns Conan Doyle took me on as I read The Hound of the Baskervilles...I really enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles although it took a while to get into. It certainly held my attention. I also have a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories on my Kobo that I want to read some day.

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Linus's Blanket

Above average
Reviewed by Nicole Bonia on Dec 23 2010

There is a supernatural element in the story and the closest that I came to knowing anything was figuring out whether I believed that element played a role in the murder. I was happy to play the spectator and see how everything worked out.

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Avid Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Keishon on Jul 03 2014

In this 128-page story, we have clever villainy, secrets and escaped convicts. The setting, atmosphere and landscape were wonderfully rendered. It was truly fantastic prose. The quagmires, the shadows, the fog bank along with the vast, desolate moor and those loud, mysterious noises in the middle of the night provided plenty of chills...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Mobile Reader on Aug 02 2012

Personally, I found The Hound of the Baskervilles to be quite entertaining. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy mystery novels. A reader would need to take into account that the book was written over one-hundred years ago and the language is wordy with high-level vocabulary

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Reviewed by Bev Hankins on Feb 04 2012

It was nice to breeze through a book again--and not just because I've read it before. But because Doyle writes so darn well. There are plenty of Victorian-era descriptions, but not so much that the reader gets bogged down.

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