Other editions I have read have been "modernised" to make reading easier. For a novel that I've read multiple times in the past, you know, I'd completely forgotten the "who" and not the "what" of the perpetrator of the crime. This made it quite a fresh read and I enjoyed reacquainting myself with it. It's one of those rare books that can be read multiple times and still derive a generous dose of the creeps out of it. A highly recommended Sherlock classic. Love a bit of Sherlock Holmes, and although this is possibly his most famous adventure I found the story a little convoluted than some of the others.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Puffin Classics)
I like to try to follow the clues myself and guess the outcome "It was Professor Plum with the Lead Piping in the Drawing Room", kind of thing! On the upside, another brilliantly written story from Conan Doyle with the usual fun characterisations and plot, hence the 4 stars! Love a bit of Sherlock Holmes!
Very scary - page turner. But due to public pressure, Doyle brought Holmes and Watson back temporarily for a sort of "memoir" tale, a tale of supernatural curses, escaped convicts and ghastly glowing hounds. It suffers a little from a lack of Holmes, but is otherwise a tightly-written, solid little mystery. Sir Charles Baskerville was found dead of a heart attack -- apparently killed by a family curse in the shape of a giant dog.
So his pal Dr. Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes to protect Charles' heir, Henry Baskerville, who has just arrived in England to claim his estate and inheritance. But even without Holmes, Watson can tell that something is up -- secretive servants, peculiar neighbors, an escaped criminal, a giant quicksand marsh, and the sounds of a dog howling in the night. But Holmes knows that the curse is no supernatural hound -- and that Sir Henry is in danger from a more real kind of ancient enemy.
He's out of the picture for most of the book, and Watson does plenty of solid detecting on his own. Everybody loves the faithful narrator, but Watson isn't the Great Detective, and the book feels vaguely incomplete without Holmes inspecting clues and giving little hints to Watson. The mystery unfolds at a languid pace, dropping a few red herrings along the way.
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Doyle pays loving attention to the dangerous, almost surreal Grimpen Mire and the surrounding countryside. But when Holmes comes back onto the scene, the book tightens itself up. All the plot threads rapidly slip into place as the real "hound" is uncovered. Holmes' steel-trap mind is untarnished here, especially when he reveals what he figured out at the end. He's especially likable in an endearing scene at the beginning, where he educates Watson on deduction.
But this is Watson's turn to shine, since he spends a long time gathering clues and even solving a sub-mystery without any assistance. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. The Hound of the Baskervilles [abridged - Puffin Classics]. It is not the same as the original work.
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