The Hound of the Baskervilles Review

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle review
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 978014199177, 189pp

One of my reading goals for 2019 is to read more classics. Last year I planned to read a huge pile of classics but unfortunately only ended up reading a handful of books in this category. This year I’m determined to read as many of my classics as I can.Β  The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is my second classic novel of the year. It features the wonderfully eccentric, brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson.

The last time I read a Sherlock Holmes story was a very long time ago and I’m not sure I ever read this one. The Hounds of the Baskervilles is a mystery involving a family curse and a legendary and fearsome hound which may or may not be real and could be responsible for a man’s death. The action takes place first in London and then in the treacherous moorlands of Devon. Dr Watson is the narrator of this tale.

It’s a short story that has plenty of twists and turns. I had forgotten how entertaining Sherlock Holmes is as a character. He’s incredibly intelligent but lacking in social niceties. I have no idea how Watson puts up with him. There are plenty of interesting characters in this short tale and plot twists that caught me by surprise.

It took me a little while to get into this story because I really needed to concentrate to take in all the detail. But it was well worth putting my phone and other distractions away so I could enjoy this novel. I plan to read more Sherlock Holmes books in the future.

Verdict: A short but fun classic featuring the iconic Holmes and Watson.

Have you read any Sherlock Holmes stories?

19 thoughts on “The Hound of the Baskervilles Review

  1. cricketmuse February 12, 2019 / 11:02 pm

    Read all of them in my twenties and enjoy all the film adaptations.

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    • Janereads February 15, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Wow that’s impressive! Did it take a long time?

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      • cricketmuse February 15, 2019 / 11:08 am

        Dedicated through a year. There is a saturation point.

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  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins February 14, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    You nailed it! I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the short story collection, last year. I think because the Holmes stories are so short, they kind of lull you into a false sense of security, but Doyle manages to cram SO MUCH detail into them (his economy of language just blows my mind), you really have to focus to make sure you’re taking it all in. Glad to see your push to read the classics is paying off, keep it up! πŸ‘πŸΌβ€οΈ

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    • Janereads February 15, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Yes you’re right! You think you will read it quickly and then you get a little bit bogged down in the detail. And thanks, I don’t read as many classics as you but I’m getting there!

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  3. jessicabookworm February 15, 2019 / 6:28 am

    As part of The Classics Club, I read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories and I loved them all. πŸ˜€

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    • Janereads February 15, 2019 / 10:26 am

      That’s amazing! Do you have any particular favourites? I would like to read some more Sherlock stories.

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      • jessicabookworm February 16, 2019 / 6:08 am

        I would probably say The Hound of the Baskervilles was my favourite! But I would recommend reading them all, because while I loved get stuck into this longer mystery, it was also great to dip in and out of the short story collections.

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        • Janereads February 17, 2019 / 10:27 pm

          Thanks for your reply. I will have to read more Sherlock books based on your enthusiasm

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  4. debjani6ghosh February 16, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    I have read almost all the Sherlock Homes stories. I found all of them to be enjoyable. However, take your time reading through them. I liked the BBC adaptation of Sherlock. πŸ™‚

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    • Janereads February 17, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      I hope I get around to reading them all some day. I liked the version of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch. 😊

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  5. melaniehunter5 February 20, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    I also plan to read more classics thia year. What a beautiful edition this is too.

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    • Janereads February 20, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you! I’m enjoying reading more classics. 😊

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  6. Anna February 27, 2019 / 8:01 pm

    This is on my reading list ☺

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  7. aewoldt February 28, 2019 / 3:42 am

    I have read all of them (and I’ve got the nice Barnes & Noble leatherbound edition). Sherlock Holmes has been a favorite literary companion for over half my life. My favorite short story is “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” in which Holmes and Watson become burglers–and not super good ones at that. I’m so glad you’ve rediscovered him!

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    • Janereads February 28, 2019 / 6:35 pm

      That story sounds great! And thanks for the recommendation about the B&N edition. I’m putting it on my books to buy list. 😊

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