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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet Vision Pub (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576469441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576469446
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,282,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the entire series and have read them all!
nraduka
I am a Sherlock Holmes fanatic and I must say this is Sir A.C. Doyle's masterpiece.
Ryan Fleming
And worst of all, the ending was not satisfying.
Dragon Lady

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Owen Linderholm on September 20, 2010
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Perhaps the best Sherlock Holmes story of them all. Subtle and devious. If you think you know it or have read something like it before - that's because almost every mystery writer since has copied in some way directly or indirectly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on April 2, 2008
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The Valley of Fear, A. Conan Doyle

In Chapter 1 Sherlock Holmes receives a coded message from an informant and deciphers is without the cipher key. Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard arrives to say that Mr. Douglas was horribly murdered last night, verifying that message. Holmes draws MacDonald's attention to a painting, and what it reveals. They will go to Birlstone to investigate the murder. Watson describes the location of Birlstone Manor House, which is surrounded by a moat forty feet in breadth. The drawbridge was raised in the evening, isolating the house. John Douglas and his wife were strangers but were popular in the village. Douglas was an excellent tenor, they said he found gold in California. He was democratic in manner and indifferent to danger. Douglas had one close friend, Cecil James Barker, who knew him in America. The servants were not involved. The victim had his face blown to pieces by a sawed-off shotgun, a weapon that came from America. A card beside the body said "V.V. - 341". There is a strange brand on the forearm to identify Douglas. His wedding ring was missing!

The story tells of the investigation by the police and Sherlock Holmes. Is there a clue missing? The people and servants are interviewed to get their statements (Chapter 5). [Did you catch the clues?] Holmes knows some people are lying, can he reconstruct the truth (Chapter 6)? In Chapter 7 Holmes arrives at the solution and the proof. We learn what did happen. Part 2 has the story about John Douglas and the enemies who want him dead. This story is a lesson about drawing the right conclusion from circumstantial evidence so all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2010
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There has been a murder that Holmes is investigating. This case is interesting because plenty of small things whcih you think are not important are really the key to everything. This book is slow, especially towards the end, so I don't recommend it for people who like tons of action 24/7.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2009
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The last of the four complete Sherlock Holmes novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Valley of Fear gives the reader two plots for the price of one. More accustomed to writing short stories than well-developed novels, Doyle creates two story lines, only loosely connecting them. He then throws Moriarty, the arch-villain, into the mix, though Moriarty was killed off in a previous novel.

In the first plot, which directly involves Sherlock Holmes, a letter warns, in code, that something dreadful will happen at Birlstone, an ancient manor house surrounded by a forty-foot moat. Before Holmes can act, however, the owner, Jack Douglas, is found shot to death, his face destroyed in the blast from a sawed-off shotgun. Douglas was an American, and the nature of his death and the weapon "proves" to the local police that the killer was also an American. As Holmes investigates, with the help of Scotland Yard, the mystery deepens. Douglas always raised the drawbridge at night, the moat was too big to leap, and there were no strangers in the house. Gradually, Holmes uncovers Douglas's background in America.

In the second plot, a group of coal miners belonging to a secret society welcome a new member, Jack McMurdo, someone accused of murder in Chicago who needed to escape someplace where no one knew him. His lodge has recommended that he go to the Vermissa Plain, "the Valley of Fear," and see Boss McGinty, the Bodymaster of the lodge there. McGinty and his men belong to a group which wreaks havoc on the community when it believes injustices have occurred. Seemingly above the law, they have avoided being caught, though rumor has it that a Pinkerton man has been sent to unmask the members of the group. Holmes plays little or no part in this whole section.
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By wendy b on July 9, 2014
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Great book.
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Book would have been better if it ended half over
WHEN THE FIRST CASE WAS SOLVED. The ending seemed to reward evil.
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By Andrew Lenton on February 18, 2014
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The Sherlock Holmes story was extremely well written; loved the mutual respect between Holmes and the police. Dr. Watson's appendix about the Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania anthracite region was interesting but distorted. Recommend reading " Making Sense of the Molly Maguires as a corrective.
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By nraduka on August 6, 2013
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I love mystery books and this was another great Doyle work! I love the entire series and have read them all! Great books!
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