‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Conan Doyle

Sherlock HOLMES novels are the most popular detective novels ever written .It was a groundbreaking series in the field of detective thrillers .These spellbinding novels and stories were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. It was originally serialised in ‘The Standard Magazine’ from August 1901- April 1902.

The story is set on a wet, gloomy place called Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder of Sir Charles Baskerville inspired by the legend of a fearsome diabolic hound of supernatural origin.

The story starts with Dr James Mortimer, Sir Charles’ friend asking Sherlock Holmes to investigate the death of his friend, Sir Charles who was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate and now Mortimer also fears for Sir Henry who is he next heir of Baskerville hall as Mortimer is suspicious about the death of sir Charles, which is attributed to heart attack and the foot prints of a hound found near the dead body, which is associated with the curse of the Baskerville hall. So Sherlock Holmes and his companion DrWatson, who is the narrator of the story set out to investigate the mystery.

What is the secret behind Sir Charles death? Is there really a gigantic hound roaming in the dark? Is Sir Henry safe in the Baskerville hall? To solve all these mysteries, read the book.

This was the first appearance of Holmes after his apparent death in ‘The Final problem’ and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival. The novel uses many traditional novelistic techniques such as letters, diary extracts etc. It has many twists and gives the reader thrill at each moment .I rate the book 9.5/10.I recommend this book to all those who love thrillers.  

Reviewed by Nandana V. L.

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