Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Page Count/Review Word Count: 213
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced in his lifetime, and while many consider it to be his best and while it’s the most well-known of all of his works, I just can’t rate it as highly as the others.
Sure, it’s incredibly well-written, and it’s still receiving a high rating – it’s just that A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four and The Valley of Fear all have a certain something special about them. Perhaps it’s Conan Doyle’s masterful use of a literary technique in which the first half of the story is dedicated to the mystery, and the second half is dedicated to the events that led up to the mystery in the first place.
Saying that, The Hound of the Baskervilles is still an excellent read and I’m glad that it serves as a gateway for many readers, who go on to read further Sherlock Holmes books and even Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger series. I don’t want to discourage you from reading this – just read more Conan Doyle afterwards.