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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1) : Is an old family legend being used as a cover for a very modern murder?
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Part one

Based on The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Local superstition about a family legend going back to the English Civil War (1642-1651) blames the death of Charles Baskerville on a giant, ghostly hound, but Sherlock Holmes doesn’t seem to be able to take it seriously.

THE sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville brought his nephew Henry from Canada to Baskerville Hall, on the edge of Dartmoor.

Rumours that Sir Charles had died of fright on seeing the Baskerville hound, the terror of a family ghost-story going back to the 17th century, Sir Henry brushed aside as legend.

But anonymous threats and a stolen boot seemed quite real, so Sir Henry’s doctor consulted Sherlock Holmes. Declaring himself too busy to attend in person, Holmes despatched his friend Dr Watson to Devonshire, with strict instructions to report back everything he saw.

Watson found much that was suspicious. Sir Henry’s own butler, Barrymore, was signalling to someone out on the moor after dark; on the night he died, Sir Charles had had an assignation with a woman named Laura Lyons; and Watson himself had heard the chilling howl of a hound.

Based on The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Mist in a hollow of Foxtor mire on Dartmoor, Devonshire. It is thought that this was the inspiration for Grimpen Mire in Conan Doyle’s story.
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