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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

Date of publication: 1902

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel originally serialized in the Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902 and mainly set on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country. In the novel, the detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson are called to investigate a curse which is alleged to hang over the house of the Baskervilles.

Plot Summary

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the alley by the moor, Dr. Mortimer goes to London to get Sherlock Holmes’s help in deciding on the proper course of action for the new heir. He reads the manuscript about the family curse, supposedly begun over Hugo Baskerville’s inappropriate actions, and a newspaper article about Sir Charles’s death. After this, the doctor reveals that there is another piece of information-there were footprints of a hound a short distance from the fallen body. Holmes questions him over the details, wishing that he could have been called in earlier to examine the scene, but this was not possible, given the need for a tenant in the Hall and in the interest of preserving the doctor’s scientific reputation.

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