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This authorized sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles follows Holmes and Watson as they track a menacing hound on Hampstead Heath and uncover a murder, a fanatical plot to overthrow the government, and a secret mission to protect the king. Reprint.


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This authorized sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles follows Holmes and Watson as they track a menacing hound on Hampstead Heath and uncover a murder, a fanatical plot to overthrow the government, and a secret mission to protect the king. Reprint.

30 review for The Revenge of the Hound: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    El doctor John H. Watson nos narra el caso al que se enfrentaron él mismo y Sherlock Holmes en el verano de 1902, cuando un vagabundo es atacado en el Páramo de Hampstead, encontrándose las huellas de un sabueso enorme en la zona, lo que no deja de recordar a otro antiguo caso, el llamado El sabueso de los Baskerville. Al mismo tiempo, Holmes está siguiendo los descubrimientos arqueológicos donde podrían hallarse los restos de Oliver Cromwell, asunto delicado cuando está cercana la coronación de El doctor John H. Watson nos narra el caso al que se enfrentaron él mismo y Sherlock Holmes en el verano de 1902, cuando un vagabundo es atacado en el Páramo de Hampstead, encontrándose las huellas de un sabueso enorme en la zona, lo que no deja de recordar a otro antiguo caso, el llamado El sabueso de los Baskerville. Al mismo tiempo, Holmes está siguiendo los descubrimientos arqueológicos donde podrían hallarse los restos de Oliver Cromwell, asunto delicado cuando está cercana la coronación del rey Eduardo. Y si faltaba poco, el bueno del doctor Watson acaba de prometerse con la que sería su tercera esposa. ‘La venganza del sabueso’ (The Revenge of the Hound, 1987), del inglés Michael Hardwick, es un estupendo pastiche, bastante respetable con el cánon, con una lograda atmósfera, una buena trama y unos diálogos brillantes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    I don't think that this has the feel of a Sherlock Holmes story. It is too long, the plot is overly complicated and this Holmes and Watson bear little resemblance to the originals. It took a long time for me to get into it, there was an interesting bit in the middle, then it got bad again. There are many other authors who do a better variation on this theme. I don't think that this has the feel of a Sherlock Holmes story. It is too long, the plot is overly complicated and this Holmes and Watson bear little resemblance to the originals. It took a long time for me to get into it, there was an interesting bit in the middle, then it got bad again. There are many other authors who do a better variation on this theme.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This has been in our collection for years. After all of my Sherlockian reading & viewing last year, this is admittedly the first non-Doyle piece I've deigned to touch. Now, I found reading about Sherlockians amusing (example: "The Sherlockian", read earlier this year). But reading a Holmes novel written from Watson's point of view in Doyle's style...insert hesitation here. My fears would've been allayed if I'd read the author's info beforehand: "The late Michael Hardwick was the first man since This has been in our collection for years. After all of my Sherlockian reading & viewing last year, this is admittedly the first non-Doyle piece I've deigned to touch. Now, I found reading about Sherlockians amusing (example: "The Sherlockian", read earlier this year). But reading a Holmes novel written from Watson's point of view in Doyle's style...insert hesitation here. My fears would've been allayed if I'd read the author's info beforehand: "The late Michael Hardwick was the first man since Christopher Morley to be honored with the investiture of The Sign of the Four by the Baker Street Irregulars of America, one of the most prestigious honors possible for any Sherlockian. His novel 'Prisoner of the Devil' is considered by many to be the finest of all the Sherlock Holmes adventures written since Conan Doyle's death." Yeah. I enjoyed it. The first third (or half) of it frustrated me to no end, most likely because I'm so used to the short-story formats of most of Doyle's works. But the payoff was worth it, and I could easily see this story made into a movie...even in the 70's style of the "Hound of the Baskervilles".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Bledsoe

    This Sherlockian pastiche was written back when the Doyle estate still held the copyright on Holmes, and had to okay any uses of the character. That approval operated as a kind of quality control that's now sadly lacking since Holmes moved into the public domain. As a result, Hardwick gets the most crucial thing right: it *sounds* like it could be a Doyle story, except in its length and complexity. The title is also a misnomer: the connection to the Hound of the Baskervilles is tangential at bes This Sherlockian pastiche was written back when the Doyle estate still held the copyright on Holmes, and had to okay any uses of the character. That approval operated as a kind of quality control that's now sadly lacking since Holmes moved into the public domain. As a result, Hardwick gets the most crucial thing right: it *sounds* like it could be a Doyle story, except in its length and complexity. The title is also a misnomer: the connection to the Hound of the Baskervilles is tangential at best. It's clearly not Doyle--for one thing, he never wrote a true Holmes novel, just longer serialized stories. And although the plot does pull together at the end, there are some extreme coincidences that are clearly author's conveniences. Still, a Sherlockian could do worse.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Boring. There are many authors out there that attempt to keep the flame alive for Sherlock Holmes, sadly few know where to even look for the matches much less light the fire. This book falls into that category. If you are going to attempt to write a sequel of sorts to a classic like The Hound of the Baskervilles, you better have some big literary cajones. Sadly, Mr. Hardwick doesn't. My only solace in ready this book is that i did purchase it online, used, for only a couple of bucks. If i would Boring. There are many authors out there that attempt to keep the flame alive for Sherlock Holmes, sadly few know where to even look for the matches much less light the fire. This book falls into that category. If you are going to attempt to write a sequel of sorts to a classic like The Hound of the Baskervilles, you better have some big literary cajones. Sadly, Mr. Hardwick doesn't. My only solace in ready this book is that i did purchase it online, used, for only a couple of bucks. If i would have bought this new, you would be able to hear my sobs from your living room. If you want to venture outside the Conan Doyle canon to satisfy your Holmes fix, try Larry Millet or Alan Vanneman instead. Two great authors that have taken Sherlock Holmes and Watson to a new level. Stay away from this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. i would highly recommend this author and this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Bengston

    When I began reading the book, I had difficulty maintaining my interest in the story. After the first couple chapters I then began enjoying the story and would recommend it to any Sherlockian. I have read other authors trying to mimic ACD, but they were usually miserable attempts and painful to read. Michael Hardwick does an excellent job in creating a similar atmosphere as ACD had done.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Hardwick seems determined to drag in references to as many of the original Holmes stories as possible--everyone from Lestrade to Shinwell Jones to Inspector Gregson to Mycroft Holmes appears. I'm sure if he could have found a way to bring Moriarty back from the dead, he would have. I'm surprised that after titling the story The Revenge of the Hound he didn't pull Stapleton out of the mire and have him running about.* We visit places mentioned in "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" and the Hardwick seems determined to drag in references to as many of the original Holmes stories as possible--everyone from Lestrade to Shinwell Jones to Inspector Gregson to Mycroft Holmes appears. I'm sure if he could have found a way to bring Moriarty back from the dead, he would have. I'm surprised that after titling the story The Revenge of the Hound he didn't pull Stapleton out of the mire and have him running about.* We visit places mentioned in "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" and the "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and more. He seems to think that the more he proves how much he knows of the canon the more willing we'll be to accept his version of Holmes and Watson. But his characterization of the duo rings false throughout the first half to two-thirds of the book. Holmes is in a snit over Watson's impending third marriage and is unbelievably rude to Watson--he even throttles him quite thoroughly (supposedly to prove that a certain witness's story is a lie, but he fully admits that he feels much better after half-strangling his friend). The pair sound and act much more like themselves in the last third of the book, but by that point I'd already given up on them and the improvement didn't help much. On top of there being too much of what I can only call "showing off my Holmes knowledge," there is way too much going on this story--to quote Watson: "The Carfax case. The hound. The disappearance of Cromwell's bones. Now this murder. Not to mention such incidentals as your concern about invasions, revolution, the 'Yellow Peril' and being commanded to act for the king....you have no time for chasing after random murderers." Hardwick may been "the first man after the late Christopher Morley to be honored the investiture of The Sign of the Four by the Baker Street Irregulars of America, one of the most prestigious honors possible for any Sherlockian." He may have known his Holmesian lore inside-out and front to back, but none of that's useful if the story isn't engaging and seems overly complex. Honestly, the best things about this one were the illustrations by Steranko. ★ and 1/2. [rounded up here] *And speaking of the original story--it would have been nice if the plot had a real connection the original Hound of the Baskervilles instead of what we got. It felt like Hardwick just dragged that in to add some sort of Doyle legitimacy to the whole thing. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LuAnn

    Surprisingly, like a Nancy Drew mystery, this relied on the coincidence of interconnected mysteries though the original Holmes would never work on more than one mystery at a time as this Holmes does. And another thing he would never do is to be as rude and insulting to Watson as he is here. The book jacket touts Michael Hardwick as “the world’s foremost living Sherlockian author,” but I have read better pastiches from other pens. The setting of Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery are interesti Surprisingly, like a Nancy Drew mystery, this relied on the coincidence of interconnected mysteries though the original Holmes would never work on more than one mystery at a time as this Holmes does. And another thing he would never do is to be as rude and insulting to Watson as he is here. The book jacket touts Michael Hardwick as “the world’s foremost living Sherlockian author,” but I have read better pastiches from other pens. The setting of Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery are interesting and novel for Holmes and Watson and some of the characters are well-done, though a few are a bit over-the-top. The plotting is good but the title is promises what it doesn't deliver. Not a pastiche I’d reread or recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    The beginning was a very slow start, and Holmes was a bit petty at first as well. Still, once this story picked up I thought it captured the feeling of a Holmes tale very well. It was nice to see Watson have more of a story this time, outside of both Holmes or one of his investigations. I did feel as though a little bit of the friendship between Holmes and Watson was missing, there was just something off about some of their interactions. I liked the twisting threads of this case, the interconnect The beginning was a very slow start, and Holmes was a bit petty at first as well. Still, once this story picked up I thought it captured the feeling of a Holmes tale very well. It was nice to see Watson have more of a story this time, outside of both Holmes or one of his investigations. I did feel as though a little bit of the friendship between Holmes and Watson was missing, there was just something off about some of their interactions. I liked the twisting threads of this case, the interconnecting plots and the characters felt like the author had really done his research. I believe the ending of the story made up for the slow beginning and the book definitely deserves a reread!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert Johnson

    I have not read a Sherlock Holmes book in many years, in fact the last book was The Hound of the Baskerville so the title pulled me in. Michael Hardwick was an excellent choice to pick up the mantel from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Complicated and complex the story weaves separate threads together until the “game is afoot.” If you enjoy the adventures of Holmes and Watson, you will find this novel just right for you. Hardwick has done a masterful job.

  12. 5 out of 5

    TBRpile yuju

    cool

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ewing

    Excellent.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alberta

    When I began reading the book, I had difficulty maintaining my interest in the story. After the first couple chapters I then began enjoying the story and would recommend it to any Sherlockian.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ilze

    What a fun book! Not only does it move faster than The Hound of the Baskervilles did, it's written in the same style and one is able to imagine all the things just the way they would've been in Holmes' day. Quite an original idea too, continuing a series of a well-known and well-loved author. What a fun book! Not only does it move faster than The Hound of the Baskervilles did, it's written in the same style and one is able to imagine all the things just the way they would've been in Holmes' day. Quite an original idea too, continuing a series of a well-known and well-loved author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    Originally published in 1987, this is arguably Hardwick's best fiction book (or, at least, the best of the few I've read so far). Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes in the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as opposed to any Holmes interpretation on the large or small screens. Originally published in 1987, this is arguably Hardwick's best fiction book (or, at least, the best of the few I've read so far). Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes in the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as opposed to any Holmes interpretation on the large or small screens.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    read some time in 1989

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Vanness

    My copy is Largeprint Hardback with 444 pages,

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Certainly keeping an eye out for more of Hardwick's pastiches after reading this. Very enjoyable, fast paced, and even funny at times; the illustrations in my copy were gorgeously detailed. Certainly keeping an eye out for more of Hardwick's pastiches after reading this. Very enjoyable, fast paced, and even funny at times; the illustrations in my copy were gorgeously detailed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of seemingly unrelated crimes which turn out to be linked to a conspiracy to unseat the British monarchy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Read1000books

    Nothing compares with the original, but still good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    minion mini

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alberta Agnoloni

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet Sadowski

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abhinabghosh

  27. 5 out of 5

    sijia chen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sulay Sumaria

  29. 5 out of 5

    Divine Rose

  30. 5 out of 5

    Khalid

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