“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first collection of crime stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in October 1892 following the success of two previous novels. He wrote many other stories and worked as a doctor too but he is most well-known for creating the famous detective. The first stories were an immediate success but Doyle didn’t like them much and ‘killed’ Sherlock Holmes in the Final Problem. The public, including his own mother, were very angry and protested so much he was obliged to bring him back to life in The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901. Holmes and his assistant, Dr Watson, were based in Victorian London and solved over 50 cases together.
The Hound of The Baskervilles is set in the West of England and tells the story of a Charles Baskerville who apparently murdered by a gigantic dog. They say that this supernatural hound is part of a curse which has followed the Baskerville family for generations. Holmes decides to investigate and the detective uses his powers of logic to discover the identity of the true murderer. He proves that the crime is not linked to the curse at all but a family question of money and inheritance.
Illustration by Didi Coppola, taken from The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading & Training, Step Three (CEFR B1.2).