The Hound of the Baskervilles. By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (2000). Alladin. # ISBN-10: 068983571X.

Plot Summary

Sherlock Holmes and Watson are called to investigate the mysterious death of Charles Baskerville, at his estate on the dark and frightening moors. A curse has been blamed for his death, the curse which calls hounds to kill a Baskerville every generation!

Critical Evaluation

During the investigation, letters are sent, boots go missing, spying is carried out, and while this seems like a lot of meandering, it’s like watching a Pink Panther film where the detective is a bit clumsy and confused by clues, but manages to figure everything out in the nick of time!

Not only a downright fun mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a study in mood, taking hints from both Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. The moor filled with ruins, family lore, and howling at night sets the stage for a fantastic tale!

Watson narrates this story, and the relationship between he and Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest things about the book. Teens may need patience to get through it, but if they like gothic horror or mysteries, they may just love this British tale of the ghost hound!

Reader’s Annotation

Sherlock Holmes and Watson travel to the British moors to investigate the death of Charles Baskerville, said to be caused by a ravenous, ghastly hound!

About the Author
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He credited his mother for influencing his storytelling abilities the most. After finishing high school, Doyle’s father was admitted to an insane asylum. Some of Doyle’s influences when he penned his first short story included Edgar Allan Poe and Bret Harte. Doyle studied medicine, but went on to have many adventures and travels after graduating. In 1888, the first Sherlock Holmes story was published, and in May of 1981, Holmes quit his medical practice and became a full-fledged author.

Curriculum Ties


Booktalking Ideas

-Ever wanted to read a book just like Clue, the boardgame? Well here is the inspiration!

Reading Level/Interest Age

-Ages 12+

Challenge Issues
Why Did You Include This Book?

With the distribution of the newest Sherlock Holmes movie, the novels are bound to find an extended audience for a short time. This work belongs with the likes of Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, and those which have had a lasting effect on media and literature for many years. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories certainly do so, as is evident by the number of films Sherlock Holmes has inspired over the years.


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