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.
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.
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