Today, we will be reviewing the classic Sherlock Holmes novel, The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Keep reading to find out what we thought of the novel and if you should give to a read!
The Hound of the Baskervilles Summary
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are visited by Dr. James Mortimer who tells them about the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. He died to a heart attack but near his body, there was a footprint of a giant hound. A letter shown by Mortimer tells of a legend of the first Baskerville who was killed by a hound.
This leads Holmes to sending Watson to accompany Henry Baskerville, the next in line, to Baskerville Hall. Holmes wants Watson to keep Henry safe as well as tell him about everything that goes on around the area and the residents.
As Watson gets a lay of the land, he comes across a few suspicious characters. And who was the person following Henry when he arrived to London? The answer to these questions will determine Henry Baskerville’s fate. Will Holmes and Watson solve the case before the hound of the Baskervilles strikes again?
The novel was first serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1902 to April1902. The success of the novel led to the revival of Sherlock Holmes, literally. It is widely considered the best Sherlock Holmes novel and one of the best works of literature.
If you love a good mystery, then you will enjoy this novel. The plot is fresh, the characters are interesting, and the mystery in question will keep you hooked. The red-herrings are great and it is hard to put this novel down once you start reading it.
As a fan of detective novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a must read. I am glad that I did because Doyle is a great writer and the novel felt fresh. It is a must read in my opinion and I do see why the novel is considered to be one of the best.