The Hound of the Baskervilles opens with a mini mystery—the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson investigate the case. They speculate on the identity of the owner of a cane that has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. Holmes predicts the appearance of James Mortimer, owner of the found object and a convenient entrée into the baffling curse of the Baskervilles.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, England.
Educated at Stonyhurst, he went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University. It was here that he met Dr Joseph Bell, whose handling of cases inspired him to formulate his own methods of detection. These were to prove a great success with the many detective novels he was to write in the future.
When Doyle set up practice in Southsea, he thought of writing as a means of subsidiary income. It was during the periods when he waited for his patients that he first began to write, and A Study of Scarlet was published in 1887. Micah Clarke followed, and finally established him as a writer.
Several stories were written, one after the other, the greatest achievement being his creation of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was to become one of the most popular fictional characters in the world, loved for his detective adventures. At one time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ';killed' him in a story, but public protest forced him to bring Holmes back to life.
During 1901-02, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles, which became the most celebrated case he had written so far.
Busy years followed, and he shifted his attention to real life detection work, helping those convicted with crimes they had not committed. His other well-known works are The Great Boer War The Valley of Fear and His Last Bow.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930.