Synopses & Reviews
Eerie illustrations enhance a blood-curdling edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most-celebrated Sherlock Holmes mystery, bringing its delicious shivers to a new generation of readers.
Is it true that a hellish hound is haunting the lonely moors, hunting down the hapless Baskervilles through the generations? If anyone can put this chilling legend to rest, it's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It seems the body of the latest owner of the Baskerville estate has just been discovered in a ghastly condition, and Holmes has been called in on the case none too soon. The howls and moans that punctuate the elaborate twists of this Gothic tale will raise the hair on readers' necks and make converts of any who are not already fans of the famed detective. This classic mystery novel is presented in an unabridged edition, lavishly illustrated with the atmospheric and stylish artwork of Pam Smy.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" is considered to be one of the greatest of the Sherlock Holmes stories and one of the greatest mystery novels ever written. While most of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories take the form of shorter narratives, readers will delight in the fact that "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is a full-length novel instead. At the center of this novel is the investigation of the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the ghost of the Hound of the Baskervilles, who as legend would have it, tore out the throat of Hugo Baskerville generations ago, have murdered Sir Charles? Or is the culprit a more earthly one? Discover along with Sherlock Holmes the true identity of the murderer.
About the Author
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) is most famously known as the creator of one of literature's greatest characters — master detective Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle wrote sixty stories featuring the enigmatic sleuth, including "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Inspired by local legends of ghostly hounds that roamed Dartmoor, this story was published in 1901 in THE STRAND magazine and was an instant success. Such was the popularity of Conan Doyle's creation that the magazine's circulation rose by an amazing thirty thousand copies overnight. Described by the author himself as "a real creeper," "The Hound of the Baskervilles" has, more than a century later, proved to be an enduring and popular classic of detective fiction.
PAM SMY graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children's Book Illustration. Her work has appeared in the anthology MAGICAL TALES OF IRELAND, as well as numerous other books. While
researching THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Pam took a camping trip to the moors to sketch and get a feeling of the place. "It
rained most of the time and was very atmospheric," she says. "The moor really is an extra character in the book." Pam Smy lives in England.