Why is The Hound of the Baskervilles a mystery?
Mystery literature involves a puzzling crime of some sort. This crime is often a murder or theft. What elevates such crimes to the realm of mystery is that they are seemingly impossible, or at least not readily understood by those not directly involved. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great example of how a murder can be a mystery, as the only apparent answer is an impossible one.
In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, the men in the Baskerville family are rumored to be haunted by an ancestral curse. Most recently, Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead and surrounded by the footprints of a giant dog. Dr. Mortimer fears his late friend's nephew and heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, might also be...
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