Hound of the Baskervilles

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Year published: 1902
Category: thriller; mystery; classic; series (Sherlock Holmes)


At his family estate on the bleak and lonesome moors, Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead after venturing outside at night. Did the legendary hound—a cursed apparition of a wicked ancestor—kill him? Sherlock Holmes is brought in to solve the murder and protect Sir Charles’ heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, who is being followed (and someone is pilfering his shoes).


Hound of the Baskervilles is a tight novelette in the Sherlock Holmes series with way more thrills and action than the usual Holmes detective story. As is standard for this series of tales, the narrator is Sherlock Holmes’ assistant and admirer, Dr. Watson, who sees and interprets with the intellect of an ordinary man and allows us all to wonder at the brilliance of Holmes.

The setting on the moor creates wonderful creepy ambiance, and the legend of the vile Hugo Baskerville puts the characters—and the reader—in a constant state of suspense. Mysterious nighttime howls, an escaped convict, and a strange figure wandering the moor add to the drama. Hound of the Baskervilles ends with an action-packed, thrilling climax that also solves the mystery.

Simultaneously one of the greatest thrillers and mysteries of all time. Don’t miss it.

You must read this if: you haven’t read it before. Heck, even if you have, read it again.

If you like this book, you’ll enjoy: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Kindle alert: I downloaded a free version of this book for my Kindle and discovered that it was missing large pieces of the text, including the crucial letter telling of Sir Hugo Baskerville’s crimes that brought a curse upon the family. Pay the 99 cents to get the right story.

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