In The Hound of the Baskervilles, as in most detective mystery genre works, the brilliant detective must sift through many clues, some of which are red herrings, to solve the mystery. The Hound of the Baskervilles presents a twist on detective stories, since no crime has actually been committed. Sir Charles Baskerville died of natural causes and was not murdered per se, but his death forewarns Holmes of a crime in the works that must be prevented, namely the murder of Sir Charles's heir, Sir Henry.
The clues that Holmes uses to prevent Sir Henry's murder and to explain what frightened Sir Charles to death are given below along with their significance.
The dog footprints at the location of Sir Charles's death, the stolen and returned new boot of Sir Henry, and the stolen but not returned old boot of Sir Henry all signify that a real dog, not...
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