Rating: 4 stars
“There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”
Mortimer reveals an 18th-century manuscript and narrates the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Hugo Baskerville was captured and imprisoned at the Baskerville estate located in the remote moor of Devonshire and was murdered by a hound late one night. Ever since the Baskerville line has been tormented by a black hound.
Sir Henry has arrived in London to take up his post at Baskerville Hall and claim the family estate and fortune but is already threatened by happening of strange events including receiving of an anonymous letter warning him to stay away from the moor and the theft of his boot stolen from his hotel. Sir Henry is even followed around the city by a strange bearded man. The recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the above-mentioned events made Sir Henry consult Sherlock Holmes on the matter. As instructed by Holmes Watson is to accompany him to Devonshire, while Holmes returns to London.
Having arrived in Baskerville Hall, Watson begins his search to gather information concerning the case. He discovers about Selden, an escaped convict, who wanders the moor at night. He is also introduced to neighbours of the Baskerville estate, the Stapletons, a brother and sister. However, Miss Stapleton mistakes Watson for Sir Henry and slyly warns Watson to leave the moor immediately. It’s up to Sherlock to find the hound of Baskervilles before Sir Henry falls prey to the hound.
This is my favourite Sherlock story. A profound combination of mystery and horror and setting this story on a dark moor presents a perfect atmosphere of terror.
The Hound of The Baskervilles has a better mystery than A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, which is resolved without tedious descriptions of criminal’s backstory which makes the story unnecessary lengthy. I recommend this story to every mystery and detective story fanatic.
I forgot to address one point in my previous review in which I talked about the popular TV series, Sherlock. In the last season, John Watson is having an affair with another woman whose name I don’t even bother to remember. In defence of John Watson I would only mention, he is a loyal person who even refused to keep an eye on Sherlock in exchange for money and showing him sink to the level of infidelity troubled my mind immensely.
I don’t normally review detective stories for they more or less follow a definite pattern. In a Sherlock Holmes story, a crime is committed, the criminal is caught and then readers are taken into the backstory of a criminal. I have noticed this pattern in a few Sherlock Holmes stories and I don’t t enjoy it. Also in Agatha Christie’s stories, I’ve noticed, the culprit is usually the person who is taking an active part in solving the crime. I felt the need to review Sherlock Holmes because I feel people are forgetting good old classics and tend to read more YA.
I’m looking for old books to read which are not very popular. I don’t read romance and science fiction if you’re wishing to recommend me a book. I’d be glad.
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