The Hound Of The Baskervilles [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2014] Doyle, Arthur Conan

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Published Oct. 7, 2014 by BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB.

ISBN:
9789384225384

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4 stars (12 reviews)

In this classic mystery set in 19th-century England, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are faced with discovering the truth behind the curse on the wealthy Baskerville family.

We owe The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) to Arthur Conan Doyle's good friend Fletcher "Bobbles" Robinson, who took him to visit some scary English moors and prehistoric ruins, and told him marvelous local legends about escaped prisoners and a 17th-century aristocrat who fell afoul of the family dog.

Doyle transmogrified the legend: generations ago, a hound of hell tore out the throat of devilish Hugo Baskerville on the moonlit moor. Poor, accursed Baskerville Hall now has another mysterious death: that of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the culprit somehow be mixed up with secretive servant Barrymore, history-obsessed Dr. Frankland, butterfly-chasing Stapleton, or Selden, the Notting Hill murderer at large? Someone's been signaling with candles from the mansion's windows. Nor can supernatural forces be …

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I've read all of Conan Doyle's Holmes works multiple times and have been going through them again over the last couple of months. Funny thing is, this time around The Hound seems like the only one worth revisiting occasionally. Conan Doyle is best when he works in short form, but even then, once a couple familiar passages hit the rest falls into place so quickly it's sometimes not worth the effort to actually read it through.

This novel is different because it uses Holmes sparingly, leaving the reader wanting more, and it has a great pace and atmosphere - both of which he misses in his other long works with Holmes.

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