Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 1

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic Sherlock Holmes novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1901. The story revolves around the mysterious legend of a supernatural, diabolical hound that haunts the moors of Dartmoor in Devon, England. The novel was serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902 and marked the return of Sherlock Holmes after his apparent death in “The Final Problem” (1893).

The main mystery in the novel begins when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked to investigate the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville, who was found with a look of terror on his face. The locals believe that the death was caused by the fearsome hound, which has been part of the Baskerville family curse since the 18th century. Holmes and Watson are tasked with protecting Sir Charles’ heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, from the same fate.

Throughout the novel, the themes of superstition versus rationalism, urban life versus country life, and social injustice are explored. As Holmes and Watson delve deeper into the case, they encounter various suspects, including the house staff Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore, and an escaped convict roaming the moors. Despite the eerie atmosphere and supernatural elements, Holmes remains steadfast in his belief in rational explanations for the events.


In the end, Holmes reveals that the true culprit is Jack Stapleton, a neighbor who is actually a Baskerville himself. He had plotted to kill his relatives using a vicious hound painted with phosphorous to appear supernatural, in order to inherit the family estate. Stapleton’s plans are foiled, and he is believed to have died in the marshlands while trying to escape.

What I Liked

It’s Sherlock Holmes. It’s the best. I’ve read this story 5+ times and watched the Jeremy Brett TV adaptation 5+ times and it’s better every time. A true classic.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing. It’s perfect :)

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