The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Review #6

The Hound of the Baskervilles

This novel is one of the most world famous works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story follows the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his constant companion John Watson as they try to solve the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville and a possible conspiracy to murder his heir. The suspense and story behind this novel is well done while keeping it entertaining. The premise behind it was not what I expected from this famous work, but it was good. One thing about it that it I did not find appealing was the ending and how the mystery was explained. It kind of just shoos away some facts that don’t follow the story instead of explaining possible solutions. Sherlock literally says there probably is an answer he just can’t remember it. Other than that the whole story was great, the murder, and even feeling that went into it. I actually felt kind of sad when there was a murder, albeit for a brief moment, but still, good development of sympathy.

The setting of the story is one I really loved, the eerieness in the beginning was amazing, and stuff such as that always makes me interested in a story. Also the ending when the catching of the murderer was et up to be, it had a very subtle oddity to it, a creepiness. A fog is rolling in, and I was reminded instantly of the show Sherlock and this distinct episode. The feeling put into this made me squirm and I love books that can pull something like this off without making it feel cliche or anything similar.

The characters of this novel were actually pretty good as well. The heir to the Baskerville fortune was quite a cool guy, and Watson and Sherlock were definitely great as always in this story, Sherlock’s cockiness and Watson’s candor. I did not expect the murderer to be who it was, but it’s like I never do, so that’s not that much, but i was surprised and it was a good surprise. The author even makes it possible to sympathize with a murderer, not the main murderer of the story, but another one… It’s complicated. Anyway, I thought the individuality he put into the charactes of this work really was a great one, and it stood out from other mystery novel I have read.

When I said before the ending did not explain some things very well, it did, but most of it was well explained and well thought through. The main murder was explained through a flashback quoted from one of the accomplices. it goes in depth as to the inconsistencies all crime stories seem to have and the mess-ups the murderer had made. The crime itself was a plain death, but the suspicion was put through well and the guilt of the accomplice does show through, giving the feeling of a constant ally, warning the possible next victim of their possible demise, or an intelligent enemy warning the heir off to gain for themselves a fortune.

This read was quite a short one, being about 200 pages on my kindle, but it was well worth it and I think any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work is worth a good sit down. He rights fantastically and keeps his characters well liked or not. I was even given some distinct reminders of Agatha Christie while I was writing, just the idea of a constant companion to the witty detective was one. If you want to read other works by him or go and buy this story, the best compilation could easily be bought online as a set of volumes, my personal favorite is the Barnes and Noble edition.

The Hound of the Baskervilles: 3.75/5 (Sorry it’s so odd, it has to be)

-Zachary