Review: Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

February 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Hound of the BaskervillesHound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Reviewed by Leon Tay (2P3)

The story begins with Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr Watson being visited by Dr. Mortimer, who has come to seek their help in investigating the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville. He apparently died of natural causes but Mortimer suspects that the “curse” of the Baskervilles is to blame; a demon hound hunting the Baskervilles for generations.

With the death of Charles Baskerville, the family title and lands are inherited by the young Henry Baskerville, who has been living in Canada. Dr Mortimer is worried that Henry is in danger and asks Holmes to meet him and try and solve the mystery of the curse.

When I first started reading the book, I did not understand many of the clues until I had read to the middle where Sherlock Holmes explains the mystery. My only advice to all readers is to read the whole story and do not skip any parts as even trivial sections usually contain the most important details.

I also like the author’s style of using a Watson’s point-of-view as the narrator.  Watson is the perfect narrator because he is not as intuitive as Sherlock Holmes and if Holmes were telling the story, readers would have little opportunity to solve the mystery themselves.

The setting for the story came about from the author’s visit to the English moors. While there, he frequented prehistoric ruins and heard tales about escaped prisoners and a local legend about a dog. From there, he developed the “curse” of the Baskervilles.


Entry filed under: Mystery, Reviews.

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