#25 The Hound of The Baskervilles

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The Hound of The Baskervilles is a masterfully written Sherlock novel by Sir Arther Conan Doyle. It is a classic story of a dark legacy which has haunted generations of Baskervilles. When one the most recent Baskervilles passes away, Holmes discovers that there were footprints of a “Gigantic Hound” not even 20 feet away from the site of the man’s death.

The main characters are: Sherlock Holmes, an ingenious detective; John Watson, a smart detective working as Sherlock’s sidekick and the narrator of the story; finally there is Sir Henry Baskerville who is the new and-up-and coming Baskerville and the next possible target of the hound of legends.

At the start of the story, a doctor with a friendship towards the older “Sir Charles Baskerville” comes to Sherlock, telling him of the death of Sir Charles and the massive hound prints laying adjacent to Sir Charles corpse’. Sherlock then sends Watson to investigate and report back to him while he “finished up some unfinished business”. Watson arrives at Baskerville Manor with Sir Henry and they discover many previous friendships including the Stapleton and the Barrymore families, both of which hide their own demons. As Watson’s stay at the manor progress, Sir James develops a sort of love interest with the sister of Mr. Stapleton, a relationship which is approved by neither Watson nor Mr. Stapleton. Mr. Barrymore reveals that a sibling of theirs just so happens to be a well-known criminal, which causes distrust and anxiety in the manor. Then one night while out on the more, we learn that there is a man on the more, whom no one knows anything about. This man just so happens to be Sherlock, who secreted himself away on the More so as to avoid be noticed by the surrounding people. Sherlock then reveals to Watson that Stapleton is actually a defendant of the Baskerville family who is trying to get to the estate. As the book draws to a conclusion, Sherlock and Watson risk it all by sending Sir James out onto the More alone hoping that Stapleton will try to kill him. In this prediction, they are correct, for he sends out the hound to attack Sir James, and then Sherlock and Watson arrive and kill it right as it is about to kill Sir James.

While I had to read this book for summer reading, it was a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of Sherlock and Watson. I would recommend it to those who like mystery novels.

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