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

P1010826A man found brutally and horribly murdered near his remote home in the fogs of Dartmoor…

The Baskerville Curse that laid its icy finger on each member of the family one by one…

And the Hound — savage, appalling, hellish and deadly…

Sherlock Holmes’ powers are stretched to the full in the most thrilling and suspenseful of all his investigations…

First published: 1901 [Goodreads]


Although I’m of course very familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories, up until recently I hadn’t read any of the original works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m a huge fan of the BBC series, and I watch the American series, Elementary, as well. So, it was high time to read one of the actual stories! A few months ago I picked up a second hand (free) copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and at the start of this month I finally got around to reading it.

Because of all the things I’d already heard and read and seen about Sherlock Holmes, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the original source. I was kind of preparing to be disappointed, but that was certainly not the case! The whole “not knowing what to expect” worked out very well, because I ended up going in with hardly any expectations at all.

I really enjoyed the story, and it was a much quicker read than I’d thought it would be. Even though I’ve been proven wrong many times, I’m still kind of prejudiced in the sense that I often think “old” books will be slow and hard to get through (while possibly still being enjoyable). That wasn’t the case with The Hound of the Baskervilles. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Watson’s report of the case, and even though he still sometimes had this tendency to take his time describing certain events, this didn’t bother me in the slightest. It seemed fitting with his personality. Plus, the old fashioned language only added to the mystery, in my opinion.

However, the story wasn’t that exciting. I expect it would’ve been at the time it was written, but nowadays we’re so used to detective stories and their patterns and plot devices that it takes quite a lot to intrigue and excite us, I think. It was definitely interesting to read about one of the first detectives of his kind, though. I also kept wondering how the “hound” would fit into the story in the end, so that was one aspect that did keep me very much intrigued. And there is of course just the character of Sherlock Holmes, which will never cease to be highly entertaining.

All in all, I enjoyed reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and I’m definitely open to reading more of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Was I blown away by it? Not really, but I am blown away by its legacy and everything Sherlock Holmes has done for detective stories in general, and I also do recognise the brilliance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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