The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, is a classic mystery crime novel set in England. It was published between August 1901 and April 1902 as a serial story in The Strand Magazine.
The novel begins with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson bickering as to the identity of the owner of a mysterious cane left in their office. This scene provides insight into the constant back-and-forth that is their friendship. Sherlock is correct in deducing the owner of the cane, who shortly thereafter appears with news of the enigmatic death of Sir Charles Baskerville, which involves a family curse of a murderous spectral hell hound.
Personally, I found The Hound of the Baskervilles to be quite entertaining. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy mystery novels. A reader would need to take into account that the book was written over one-hundred years ago and the language is wordy with high-level vocabulary. Therefore, I would only suggest the novel to mature readers.
Emma Selman is a graduating junior in the gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys reading and creating art. She is planning to attend Louisiana State University, majoring in architecture.
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