Monday, February 14, 2011


One of four crime novels starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles was originally serialised in The Strand Magazine Aug. 1901 to Apr. 1902.
The curse of the Baskervilles began in the 17th Century, when Sir Hugo swore he would give his soul to possess the beautiful daughter of a yeoman. He captured her, but she escaped. He saddled his horse and chased the girl over the moors until she dropped dead from exhaustion ... and then a black hell-hound appeared, with eyes like fire, and ripped out Hugo's throat.

Now, years later, the Hound has returned. Already it has caused the death of Hugo's descendant, Sir Charles Baskerville. Can Sherlock Holmes stop the curse before it claims Henry Baskerville, the heir of Sir Charles?
To date, there are some 25 film and TV adaptations of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Some notable examples:

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1939, Twentieth Century Fox)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1959, Hammer Films)
Director: Terence Fisher
Starring: Peter Cushing, Andre Morell

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1978, MGM)
Director: Paul Morrissey
Starring: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1983, Granada Television)
Director: Douglas Hickox
Starring: Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1988, Granada Television)
Director: Brian Mills
Starring: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(2002, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC)
Director: David Attwood
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart

Friday, February 11, 2011

Detectives: A.J. RAFFLES by E. W. Hornung

Complete list of collections featuring mysteries starring gentleman thief Arthur J. Raffles and sidekick Harry "Bunny" Manders. Written by E. W. Hornung (brother-in-law to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

The Amateur Cracksman (1899)
The Black Mask (1901)
A Thief in the Night (1904)
Mr. Justice Raffles (1909) - full-length novel

More detectives:
C. AUGUSTE DUPIN by Edgar Allan Poe (1841)
SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
PHILO VANCE by S.S. Van Dine (1926)
THE BARON by John Creasey (1937)
BERNIE RHODENBARR (Burglar) by Lawrence Block (1977)

Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.