ADAM MCOMBER’S new novel starts in a familiar way. Dr. John Watson is sent from London by Sherlock Holmes to investigate strange happenings at Baskerville Hall, a grim manor in remote Dartmoor. Charles Baskerville, the manor’s lord, has been killed, supposedly by a monstrous spectral hound. Without Holmes’ assistance, Watson tries to find the real murderer. Is it James Baskerville, the victim’s cousin and heir? Dr. Mortimer, the neighborhood physician? Or perhaps Barrymore, the Baskervilles’ manservant? Or could it be Beryl Stapleton and her brother, who are studying the moor’s unusual butterflies?
This is of course the set-up for Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic 1901 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, but
Peter Muise writes about New England folklore and legends.