The Hound of the Baskervilles Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Watson set out to help a friend with a problem. He has just inherited a big house, money,and a title. The only problem, everyone who inherited this before him has mysteriosly died in an accident. Is it just accident after accident?
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The review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

This is classic Sherlock Holmes novel.

When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is discovered at the grounds of his Devonshire home, his face bore an expression of terror and his body showed signs of exhaustion - as if he had been fleeing something or someone. His friend, Dr James Mortimer, was aware of only one clue as to how he met his death: the discovery of the footprints of a gigantic hound.

A magnificent case for Holmes and Watson, the Hound of the Baskevilles is both atmospheric and intriguing, as well as being one of Conan Doyle's most gripping and disturbing novels.
The review of this Book prepared by Paul Antony Hayden

The Hound of the Baskervilles is undoubtedly the finest of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is a genuine Gothic masterpiece, covering themes of revenge, murder and mystery, set in both the busy London of the late 19th century, and on Dartmoor in Devonshire. The Moor itself plays a vital part in establishing the atmosphere of terror and suspense, within which Holmes and Watson battle to save the life of their client.
The review of this Book prepared by Philip Weller

A ghost hound has haunted the Baskerville family since the evil Hugo Baskerville was murdered by it. The locals say it is the devil himself. The case is brought before Sherlock Holmes when the new owner of the ancestral estate is afraid for his life, and he takes it. An investigation proceeds and the mystery is solved by the Brilliant Holmes, with no ghosts to be seen or heard from. The rest, you need to find out for yourself.
The review of this Book prepared by Lindsy Fish

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   butler provides unemotional service Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Has special powers?    -   Yes


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Unusual forms of death    -   fright Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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