The Hound of the Baskervilles


The Hound of BaskervillesAuthor: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title:  The hound of the Baskervilles

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: 1902

Number of Pages: 272

Geographical Setting: England

Time Period: Early 1900’s

Plot Summary:  Generations ago a hound of hell tore out the throat of Hugo Baskerville on the English moors.  Once again the legend lives as the latest head of the line Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the same area with a massive hound’s print found nearby.  It is up to Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Dr. Watson to piece together the puzzle before the next Baskerville in line winds up dead.

Subject Headings: Curses; Detectives; Dogs; Moors and heaths; Holmes, Sherlock; Watson, John H.; Murder investigation; Eccentrics and eccentricities; Nineteenth century

Appeal: Plot-driven, Fast-paced, Suspenseful, Compelling, atmospheric, dark, sophisticated, intriguing, series (characters), investigative, plot twists, classic

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Suspenseful, atmospheric, investigative

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases by E. J. Wagner

Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle’s accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact. The author avoids the technical details that mar so many other efforts in this genre, injecting life into her narrative by weaving in true crime cases that either influenced Holmes’s creator or may have been influenced by a published story from the Baker Street sleuth.

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases
by Michael Capuzzo

Once a month, several forensic experts gather in a posh Victorian brownstone in downtown Philadelphia, have a sumptuous lunch, and then consider cold cases brought to them by baffled detectives. The club is called the Vidocq Society, named after the nineteenth-century French criminologist who was one of the inspirations for Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy: The Footprints of a Gigantic Mind  by Josef Steiff

Sherlock Holmes sees things others don’t. He sees the world in a different way, and by so doing, allows us to see that same world – and human behavior – in different ways as well.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

The 39 Steps  by John Buchan

He has been feeling bored with London life – until he discovers a dead man in his flat, skewered to the floor with a knife through his heart. Only a few days before, the victim had warned him of an assassination
plot that could bring the country to the brink of war. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the murderer, ordinary man Richard Hannay goes on the run in his native Scotland. There, on the wild moors, he must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the game – and warn the government of the impending danger before it is too late.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there’s another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

One of the first English detective novels, this mystery involves the disappearance of a valuable diamond, originally stolen from a Hindu idol, given to a young woman on her eighteenth birthday, and then stolen again.

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