Hound of the Baskervilles Sniffs Out Wide Audience

When Sir Charles is found dead outside Baskerville Hall, his doctor notices dog tracks near the body. Locals recall the legend of the huge hound who kills Baskervilles who venture onto the moors at night.

Sherlock Holmes discovers the new lord, Sir Henry, is being watched. Holmes sends Dr. Watson to Devonshire with orders to report regularly and not to let Sir Henry wander out alone.

When Sir Henry falls for the sister of a local naturalist, Holmes finds Sir Henry prefers her company to his, which makes being a body-guard difficult.

Of all the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales about Sherlock Holmes, only The Hound of the Baskervilles is achieved bestseller status in its day. Oddly enough, it’s a story in which Holmes is mostly off stage.

What is on stage is the atmosphere. The moors are inhospitable, sucking to their deaths any unwary traveler who misses his footing in the fog. Baskerville Hall is a gloomy place of creaky floors and lugubrious ancestral portraits. And with an escaped convict on the loose, even Watson is spooked when he hears the howl of a hound at night.

Just as in 1902, The Hound‘s mix of mystery, romance, and the supernatural will appeal to a diverse audience today.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
1902 Bestseller #7
Project Gutenberg ebook #2852
© 2012 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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Linda Aragoni

I'm passionate about helping people learn through the medium of nonfiction writing. Although I occasionally have an idea of my own, I mostly build education tools by recycling and repurposing other folks' ideas.

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