The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) By Arthur Conan Doyle

In the sometimes cold, wet, windy region of southern England called Devonshire, where the land gradually disappears and the stormy sea can be seen, there was a legend of a demonic hound that haunted the Baskervilles family through the centuries, beginning in 1647. Hugo Baskervilles , a tough individual who got what he wanted; until if you are a believer in the supernatural, this vengeful animal mentioned before, came straight from hell, hunted down the vile man and shredding his throat, for a misdeed against an innocent woman, a neighbor. The Bible says for this kind of crime future generations must be punished and ever since the Baskervilles Hall inhabitants have suffered. Now at the dawn of the supposedly enlightened 20th, such nonsense is laughed at but some don't, certainly not the present master of the manor, Sir Charles Baskervilles, an old gentleman and he has heard disturbing sounds from the nearby moor, a swampy area, when the rains arrive and it does often. Horses, their loud pitiful cries in the night, soon stop, as they sink in the mire and are never to be seen again. This desolate place of hills, boulders, wet bogs that remain always that, weird vegetation growing there, a dangerous region, which fogs frequently cover , making it treacherous for man and beast in the darkness, an empty stone huts where primitive people thousands of years ago lived, but not since...This gigantic, glowing hound the locals have viewed, are afraid of and Sir Charles's heart , one chilly evening stops while taking a walk outside...why? Rumors of the creature hunting again, permeates the small village near Baskervilles Hall, and the doctor James Mortimer who had treated the poor victim goes to London for help. Nobody else but the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will do, only the best can solve this case, but evidence points to a simple, regrettable occurrence, an old man dying from a bad, weak heart. Peculiar incidents in the illustrious city happen to the great detective , Holmes and Watson are puzzled, then a mysterious message of warning against going to Devonshire... from a woman. The next of kin Sir Henry Baskervilles, a nephew has come a long distant from America to take over but Holmes says he's too busy in London, to assist in the investigation and sends Watson alone...this doesn't sound right. The ultimate Sherlock Holmes story I think, it grips the imagination and never lets the suspense end, the mystery flows along almost smoothly, to the very satisfying conclusion. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, set on a dark English moor. I've never seen an English moor, but I've experienced them through the great books I've read. I've imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff. I've been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane! Jane! Jane! from her forlorn Mr. Rochester, and I've felt the terror of being on Dartmoor at night with the howling of a demon hound close by. This is a great story and if you only read one Sherlock Holmes, this should be the one. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) The Hound of the Baskervilles.
A slavering demon dog from the pits of Hell, sent to hunt down the males in the cursed line of the Baskervilles as reparation for the evil deeds of their ancestor!
Sounds legit...

It had been a while since I'd read this particular adventure with Holmes & Watson so I figured it was time to revisit the most classic of all Sherlock's cases.
I'd always thought it was cool that this one has a little element of horror to it. Not real horror, mind you. That superstitious silliness that you find in older books like this. The kind where grown ass men have to take a vacation convalesce on a cruise to get over the fright of being chased by a large dog.

Somehow, I remember this story making more sense when I was younger. The Baskerville legend seemed spookier and the reaction that the phosphorus coated dog caused seemed more realistic.
But apparently, middle-age has made me less compassionate and more cynical towards people who squeal and faint when confronted with supernatural animals - among other things, to hear my husband & kids tell it.

But that's beside the point and we don't need to talk about it.

So, the gist of this little gem is that a concerned friend of the recently deceased owner of Baskerville Hall goes to Sherlock because he's worried about the new dude who is about to inherit the estate. His friend supposedly died of a heart attack on the moors, but there was something fishy about why he was out there AND he found big-ass paw prints near his friend's body.
Now, he's not saying he believes in the curse, but something terrifying is obviously afoot.

Ok, without giving away the scintillating plot, I can say that this one is just as wacky (I mean that in the best way) as the rest of the Holmes & Watson books. There's a sister-wife, a creepy portrait that holds all the clues, and a glowing canine sent from the Devil himself to run down their client.
Or something like that.

Is it a good mystery? Eh. Probably not by today's standards. I'm thinking most people will figure out whodunnit before Sherly explains it to an awestruck John.
This is easily the most well-known Sherlock Holmes story, and I'm not sure you can call yourself a real fan if you haven't read it yet.

Ralph Cosham - Narrator The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)

All the stars! Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr. Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it. And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.

Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr. Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family. Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors. When Hugo tried to chase her down, a great black beast tore the throat out of Hugo and turned its blazing eyes and dripping jaws upon his friends, who rode off screaming. According to the old manuscript that Dr. Mortimer reads to Holmes and Watson:

One, it is said, died that very night of what he had seen, and the other twain were but broken men for the rest of their days.
Now it seems the Hound has arisen again: Sir Charles Baskerville, a kindly older gentleman, recently died of a heart attack while running away from something that apparently terrorized him, and Dr. Mortimer reports that near him were the footprints of a gigantic hound.

Sir Charles' heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, returns from Canada to take possession of the Baskerville estate. But a mysterious warning is left for Sir Henry:

Also, some of Sir Henry's possessions disappear, and a sinister man is seen following him. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to get involved to try to protect Sir Henry from the fate that overtook his relative. Holmes, making excuses, sends Watson off to be Sir Henry's bodyguard. Off they go to the Baskerville estate on the lonely moor, where not only the Hound and, perhaps, a murderer, but also perils like a dangerous and crazed escaped convict and a quicksand-like bog await them. All in a day's fun!

I think the mystery in this book is a better one than those in the prior Sherlock Holmes novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. The women characters are a bit helpless (Victorian times and all), but Hound of the Baskervilles avoids the major racial and religious slurs and the lengthy (and tedious) flashbacks that diminish those books.

If you want a good example of a Sherlock Holmes novel, I recommend you skip the first two and go straight for this one, unless you're a Sherlock completist.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) Classic and so good! I am glad I finally read this.

I am familiar with Sherlock Holmes, but I am not sure I have ever actually read any of the books. Throughout my life, I have seen many Holmes movies and various pop culture references, so it is all kind of mashed together in my head. By reading The Hound of the Baskervilles I now know with 100% certainty that I have read a Holmes book.

And . . . it seems like it was a great place to start!

Sometimes when reading classic mysteries, they get kind of muddled and confusing for me. When reading Agatha Christie, I often have to go back over sections to clear things up or when I get to the resolution, I will find I missed something. This has also happened for me when watching the Downey, Jr. Holmes movies. But, thankfully, this was not an issue for me with the Hound of the Baskervilles. The mystery is interesting, easy to follow, and progresses nicely. It has lots of the Holmes tropes that anyone with even a passive interest in Holmes would know about. All in all, a very satisfying experience.

Looking to start your Holmes journey? I think starting here would be Elementary!😁😁😁

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In this, one of the most famous of Doyle's mysteries, the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly hound comes frighteningly to life. The gray towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor will haunt the reader as Holmes and Watson seek to unravel the many secrets of the misty English bogs.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Dr. James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for advice following the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Charles was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall. Mortimer now fears for Sir Charles's nephew and sole heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, who is the new master of Baskerville Hall.

The death was attributed to a heart attack, but Mortimer is suspicious, because Sir Charles died with an expression of horror on his face, and Mortimer noticed the footprints of a gigantic hound about 50 yards from where Sir Charles lay dead.

The Baskerville family has supposedly been under a curse since the era of the English Civil War when ancestor Hugo Baskerville allegedly offered his soul to the devil for help in abducting a woman and was reportedly killed by a giant spectral hound.

Sir Charles believed in the curse and was apparently fleeing from something in fright when he died. ...

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: ��درنده باسکرویل»؛ «شرلوک هلمز: آوای باسکروی‍ل»؛ «سگ باسکروی‍ل»؛ نویسنده: سر آرتور کونان دویل؛ انتشاراتیها: (نشر مرکز، هرمس، ثالث، رخ مهتاب)؛ ادبیات کارآگاهی؛ نخستین خوانش: روز اول آوریل سال 1997میلادی

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عنوان: شرلوک هلمز: آوای باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: احمد شفیعی؛ معصومه محمودی؛ شیراز، احمد شفیعی، 1379؛ در 71ص؛ شابک: 9643509060؛

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سر آرتور کانن دویل، شاهکار خود یعنی سگ شکاری باسکِرویل را در سال 1902میلادی بنوشتند؛ سر چارلز باسکرویل، یکی از افراد سرشناسان «دارتمور»، به طرز مشکوکی می‌میرند؛ افراد محلی، مرگ ایشان را به یکی از داستان‌های خرافی نسبت می‌دهند؛ به نظر آن‌ها سگ تازی غول پیکری، با ظاهری ترسناک ایشان را کشته است، و نفرینی خانواده ی «باسکرویل» را گرفتار کرده است؛ وارث «سر چارلز»، «هنری باسکرویل»، از «آمریکای شمالی» به «انگلستان» می‌آیند، ولی «دکتر مورتیمر» دوست «سر چارلز» و همسایه ی او، نگران آن است که آن داستان‌های ترسناک، «سر هنری» را از آنجا دور سازد؛ برای همین به «لندن» پیش «شرلوک هولمز» می‌رود، و داستان را برای او بازگو می‌کند، و از ایشان می‌خواهد که پرونده را بپذیرد، و او را یاری کند؛ ولی «شرلوک هولمز» آن داستان را باور نمی‌کند، و از دیدگاه او، گفته ها خرافاتی بیش نیستند، اما «دکتر مورتیمر» به او می‌گوید: در کنار جسد «سر چارلز»، ردپاهای عجیبی را دیده، که به نظر شبیه به ردپاهای سگ تازی غول پیکری هستند، و...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15/07/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 28/05/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
Yayyy!!!! Finally I could read a classic-crime-mystery novel in a single-sitting!!

I have never-ever reviewed crime thrillers, will try to do justice for the benefit of the readers and myself (in preserving notes) :P

For someone like me, who is mercurial, and not into crime or murder mysteries, why would I pick one?

Trying to add a bit of excitement and transforming a languid lazy day into a gleeful one! Additionally, to test the waters, and check if a volatile being like me can stay riveted throughout without oscillating. And yes, this book kept me engaged, though I took a couple of coffee breaks. Moreover, the novel isn’t ginormous at all!

Does this bewildering case of the fiendish hound, case of supernaturalism vs pragmatism, tug out my heart strings?

It did heighten the spirits, but maybe the outgrown rationalism wasn’t sated. The naïve, innocent, and the guileless would admire it to the core, but living in a world of cause and reason, where my being has witnessed a lot of pragmatism, and the unexpected, the awe and the surprise element did amuse me, but did not land me into a state of euphoria or utter-fear!

What is the plot all about?

Not delving into the plot outline, as it would already be known due to existing swarming blurbs, or else would not want to be known, as it is a crime-thriller. Sharing just a surface-level outline to create the mystery:-

A stranger, leaves behind a walking stick, in the absence of the duo - Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Holmes, corrects the fallacious guesswork of Watson, about the walking stick. Holmes, conjectures about the stranger, Mr. Mortimer, are verified, when the following day, Mr. Mortimer, visits them, on account of the mysterious case of “The Curse of Baskervilles”. Readers are revealed about Hugo Baskervilles, the Devonshire family curse, and the reason of the menace of dogs. The descendant of Hugo, Charles(widower and childless, his generous donations are chronicled in columns) has recently died mysteriously. Holmes cites displeasure on not being notified and invited to the death-scene. Dr. Mortimer, dithers the question by calling it a supernatural case, and he needs advice on the new claimant of the estate, Sir Henry Baskerville(younger brother of Charles), the new heir, who is in grave danger next from the diabolical hound! Henry and Mortimer, visit Holmes the next day, with a news of Henry being warned by someone to keep away from the moor. Barrymore, Henry’s butler, is the prime suspect of Charles’s murder. Subsequently, we are introduced to Stapleton, Henry’s neighbor, who is aware about Holmes and Watson, and the hound and Charles. The story sets into motion…

What appealed and engaged me the most?

The novel opens, with a hint of danger loitering from a family fiend and not human beings! The combination of the gothic and the detective elements,

The scientific mystery around the phosphorus which I had pre-read from the blurbs,

The writing style which imitates a sense of urgency and straightforwardness, and hence kept me focused,

and the remarkable insoluble-crime solving intrepid-duo of Sherlock Holmes, with an impeccable sense of observation, imperceptibly fantastic sense of reasoning and rationality, and his loyal friend, Watson, setting out to fight out the case of the diabolical hound. These were more-than-enough reasons to keep me engaged!

Was the ending satisfying?

With no cliffhangers, the ending was fulfilling. Though gradually as the plot progressed, I conjectured, who the culprit could be!

But, for the unforeseeable, unanticipated and applaudable dramatic element introduced around the convict towards the plot-ending, a solid 4 stars!!


My best-loved quotes on wisdom from the novel(in no-particular-order):-

“I presume nothing.”
���Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him.”
“There’s a light in a woman’s eyes that speaks louder than words.”
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

My all-time -fav:

“If he was vulnerable, he was mortal, and if we could wound him, we could kill him.” The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) (A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: It establishes setting in gaps between deductions, treating the moor like a living thing: an alien primordial wasteland. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) My Grandpa Cannon loved this story, and he often told of a time when he went to see a picture show about the Hound of the Baskervilles. It scared the willies out of me, he said, and then he and his friend had to part ways as my grandpa rode his bicycle home in the dark.

He was thinking about this devil-hound, and then he heard something panting behind him. He pedaled faster and faster, but the panting only got faster and faster too. Then, it was harder and harder to pedal, and his bike was going slower and slower. Just when he thought for sure he was doomed to die and the hound would get him, his bike stopped, the panting stopped, and he found that his back wheel had a flat tire. A flap of rubber had made the panting sound as the air was being released.

That has nothing to do with this story, except that it is the reason I read the book. Good book too! Almost as good a story as my grandpa's.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) هولمز:لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله اذا
نعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء..ولكن..انتظر..ليس لهذا الحد..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث

هي افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له... تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟

قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد
اعشق ارثر كونان مع هولمز وبدونه..واعتبره الاب الروحي لكل ما نقرأه حاليا
..وبغض النظر على انتماؤه للبوب أرت. ..او الادب الشعبي..او الخيال العلمي ..فقد كان مفيدا وممتعا معا..والطريف ان امي وجدي احبوه ايضا..!!!أليس هذا هو النجاح؟؟
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)