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The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dales Large Print Books, (2003)
ISBN: 1-84262-219-6
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - July 13, 2003

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most chilling Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In this gripping tale Holmes uncovers the truth surrounding a curse that has haunted the Baskerville family for generations. The curse is not only horrific, but is also deadly. At least that is what everyone thinks when Sir Charles Baskerville dies, alone, on the grounds of the family estate.

The curse surrounding the Baskervilles involves a mysterious monster that supposedly haunts the moors surrounding the family estate. The monster is supposedly a hell hound, who finds pleasure in ripping out the throats of any Baskerville family member that it happens upon. Sir Charles is not the first victim of the hound, but will he be the last? Sir Henry, the next heir to the estate most assuredly hopes so. He travels from Canada to assume his duties as heir to Baskerville Hall, and he has no desire to fall prey to the hound from hell that has taken so many of his predecessors.

When Sherlock Holmes first hears about the curse, he is immediately intrigued by the mystery and he readily takes the case, determined to find a rational explanation for the curse. Yet even with the aid of the esteemed Dr. Watson, Holmes finds that he has his work cut out when it comes to solving this fiendish mystery. The story is ripe with red-herrings and devious plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end as to wether or not the Hound actually exists, and if not, who is behind the plot to terrorize the residents at Baskerville Hall.

In this book, Doyle not only serves up a chilling mystery, but also fascinating setting. The story takes places at Baskerville Hall, an isolated and lonely estate surrounded by uninhabited Devonshire moors. To make matter worse, a known murder has just escaped from prison and is thought to be in the area! This is an ideal setting for a gothic style horror story, and Doyle puts it to good use, both in creating a mysterious atmosphere for the story as well as for emphasize the terror and helpless felt by the victims of the curse.

As with all of Doyle's story, The Hound of the Baskervilles comes complete with a superb cast of characters. Each character is well drawn and realistic. The plotting is tight and the story is fast paced and heart pounding. In short, this Sherlock Holmes mystery is a literary classic and a must read!

The Hound of the Baskervilles can be purchased online, directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of Dales Large Print Books.

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