The Hound of the Baskervilles (Google eBook)

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BompaCrazy.com, Sep 9, 2013 - Fiction - 148 pages
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When a second member of the Baskerville family dies, Sherlock Holmes investigates and finds a curse.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. It is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in "The Final Problem", and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character's eventual revival.

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Conan Doyle was a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused. The first case, in 1906, involved a shy half-British, half-Indian lawyer named George Edalji who had allegedly penned threatening letters and mutilated animals. Police were set on Edalji's conviction, even though the mutilations continued after their suspect was jailed.

The second case, that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in Glasgow in 1908, excited Conan Doyle's curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was not guilty. He ended up paying most of the costs for Slater's successful appeal in 1928.

  

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User Review  - ediekm1990 - LibraryThing

I listened to this in audio version so I'm not sure if it was exactly the same. The read was done by David Timson and the stories included The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Adventure of Mazarin Stone ... Read full review

One of the best of Sherlock Holmes

User Review  - Medhavi - Flipkart

This book is written in an absolutely fantastic way! Even though I guessed the murderer by the end of the book, the way it was all written was so haunting! You'll have goosebumps, I assure you ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
2
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
11
Chapter 4
16
Chapter 5
23
Chapter 6
28
Chapter 7
34
Chapter 8
41
Chapter 9
45
Chapter 10
54
Chapter 11
59
Chapter 12
66
Chapter 13
73
Chapter 14
79
Chapter 15
85

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About the author (2013)

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered a milestone in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

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Conan Doyle was friends for a time with Harry Houdini, the American magician who himself became a prominent opponent of the Spiritualist movement in the 1920s following the death of his beloved mother. Although Houdini insisted that Spiritualist mediums employed trickery (and consistently exposed them as frauds), Conan Doyle became convinced that Houdini himself possessed supernatural powers?a view expressed in Conan Doyle's The Edge of the Unknown. Houdini was apparently unable to convince Conan Doyle that his feats were simply illusions, leading to a bitter public falling out between the two.

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