“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.
Francis O'Gorman is a Reader in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. His books include Late Ruskin: New Contexts (2001), The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition (2004; co-edited with Katherine Turner), and A Concise Companion to Victorian Fiction (2005).