Synopses & Reviews
Unravel a terrifying secret with Sherlock Holmes.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the grounds of his estate, the locals remember the legend of the monstrous hound that haunts the moor and preys upon members of the Baskerville family. Detective Sherlock Holmes knows that there must be a more rational explanation – but the difficulty is to find it before the hellhound finds him…
Part of the "Penguin Classics" series, this book stars the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant Doctor Watson, as they investigate a family curse.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found mysteriously dead in the grounds of Baskerville Hall, everyone remembers the legend of the monstrous creature that haunts the moor. Sherlock Holmes knows there must be a more rational explanation--but the difficulty is to find it before the hellhound finds him . . .
About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe’s detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world’s best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed. Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur—he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War—became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.