Hound of the Baskervilles

Hound of the Baskervilles

Whole Story Series
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Viking Press
Flexiback, 191 pages
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The Hound of the Baskervilles was first published in serial form in 1901 and was immediately a huge success. Conan Doyle wrote the tale in response to popular demand for another story about his well-loved detective Sherlock Holmes. The legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles warns of a devil-beast that haunts the moors near the Baskerville ancestral home in the English countryside. But the new heir of the family is determined to disprove the legend and solve the mystery of his uncle's recent death. Enter Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. Watson, facing their most terrifying case ever.

The Hound of the Baskervilles takes the reader on an adventure of suspense and mysterious supernatural activity. This edition, with Nicollet's eerie illustrations and the detailed captions unique to the Whole Story series, combines a thrilling mystery with contextual information about Conan Doyle, late nineteenth-century England, and the enormous success of Sherlock Holmes. This distinctive approach brings both the author and his famous detective to life and places The Hound of the Baskervilles within the context of its era.

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  Great Format and Great Story!
Christopher Lyons of Clackamas, OR, 1/8/2010
Some of us who are growing up in the modern world reading modern books find it very difficult to pick up the old classics and read them. The Whole Story series makes these old classics much less daunting. Very often when reading a story that is based in England before the 20th century, I find it very difficult to interpret some of the phrases. Often times an item or town is mentioned that I've never heard before. This often leaves me confused and barely able to continue reading. However, in the Whole Story series, historical background and other explanations are provided on many of the unfamiliar terms, phrases, and places. Knowing what most of the unfamiliar words mean makes it much easier to read the story. In addition, most of the time when a character is described, a detailed illustration is included to show what that character is supposed to look like. The Whole Story is a great way to read the classics.

Masterfully written by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles will captivate the reader with a plot that begins right at the beginning of the book. I can’t stand it when a book takes several chapters to give the setting of the story. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, the story begins right from the start. Before the first chapter is over the reader is engrossed in the legend of the hound that haunts the Baskerville family. Soon Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case and fact after confusing fact is introduced to the story. Conan Doyle keeps the reader guessing at the solution until the very end. Many murder mysteries and other mystery stories leave the reader still confused at the end of the story. In The Hound of the Baskervilles quite the reverse is true. Arthur Conan Doyle gives the story good closure and doesn't leave any threads hanging. Overall it’s an excellent read that will keep the reader’s nose in the book from the first page to the last.