Lennon & McCartney and the Hound of the Baskervilles
By John Ferry
In August, 1901, The Strand Magazine published the first installment of what would become Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most popular novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. The book marked the return of Sherlock Holmes after an eight year absence following Doyle’s attempt to kill off the famed detective of Baker Street. Yielding to the public’s demand for another Holmes story, Doyle crafted a terrific yarn about a family haunted by the legend of a ferocious beast.
Nearly 56 years later, on Saturday, July 6, 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete in Liverpool, England. Together with fellow Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they would go on to become the most successful and acclaimed group in the history of music.
While both the Beatles and Sherlock Holmes are closely associated with England, they didn’t exactly cross paths. But what if they did? What if we put John Lennon in the place of Sherlock Holmes, and substitute Paul McCartney for Holmes’ loyal sidekick, Dr. Watson? For no particular reason, we've tried to answer that question.
This book takes Doyle’s wonderful novel, and shakes it up a bit by replacing its people and places with those associated with the Beatles. If you know the Beatles story, you will hopefully have fun spotting the numerous references to the Fab Four. But since the heart of Sir Arthur’s tale remains intact, the real fun is in enjoying Doyle’s story from over a century ago.