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So I have read all Sherlock Holmes novels. I have liked them all for different reasons but Hound of the Baskerville stands out for its sheer perfection. The Valley of Fear takes the two part structure of his first novel, A Study in Scarlet; first part deals with the untangling of the crime mystery and the second part provides the background that leads to the crime mystery.

The first part was quite interesting and intriguing but the second part was a little slow and it took a little effort on my So I have read all Sherlock Holmes novels. The first part was quite interesting and intriguing but the second part was a little slow and it took a little effort on my part to hold my attention.

But on to half of the second part, story became more engaging and the reading was interesting once more. However, there was a little vagueness at the end of the story which suggest the beginning of another mystery. I was thinking to myself whether Conan Doyle had some plan in mind to write another novel from he where he stopped or was it how he wanted to end his last novel - with an element of ambiguity.

Overall a quite interesting read and I would rate it 3 stars and would place this equally with A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four and below The Hound of the Baskerville, which will not be replaced from my favourite Holmes novel notch. View all 7 comments. If you've read and enjoyed any books in the Sherlock Holmes series - then read them all, they are all consistently great. Sherlock Holmes must be one of the greatest literary characters ever created and the stories are so very well written. Intriguing, compelling, intelligent, exciting, page-turning fun of the highest order.

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The first part of this novella could exist on its own as a typical Sherlock short. The surprise is a good one: the reader i. The second section is a tedious violent, back story a la A Study in Scarlet. The twist was a shocker the less you know of the historical basis, the better; and I knew nothing that had me paging back through all the prior table-setting tedium.

Well played, Sir Arthur. View all 5 comments. See the cloud of a hundred chimneys that overshadows it! I tell you that the cloud of murder hangs thicker and lower than that over the heads of people. The terror is in the hearts of the people from dusk to dawn. Cosmetics aside, the story is a straight forward murder mystery only Sherlock Holmes can solve. Called in to assist the police in what seems a straight forward suicide quickly becomes a case of murder, the origins of which spanning back many years prior. Enter the Freemasons, murderous gangs, a community in fear, and a few twists to keep the reader on their toes.

Doyle does a great job at rounding out the plot and linking the two stories perfectly while added some really nice twists. This was my least favorite of all the Sherlock Holmes books I've read so far. The novel was published in and features two parts: The first half involves the murder of a man named John Douglas at his manor house. Sherlock is called in to help solve the mystery of how the murderer got away because the house was surrounded by a moat. Watson comes along to help out, but the solution of the case is disappointing and Sherlock wasn't given much to do.

The second part is an extended flashback a This was my least favorite of all the Sherlock Holmes books I've read so far. The second part is an extended flashback at an American mining region called Vermissa Valley. The plot is reportedly based on a real incident of a Pinkerton agent who infiltrated the Molly Maguires, which was a secret society of miners. This narrative format is similar to Sherlock's first novel, A Study in Scarlet , in which there was an lengthy flashback involving Mormons in Utah. Because Sherlock was absent for half the novel and given little to do in the other half, this book felt like a TV show in which the lead character is written out of the episode because they're hosting Saturday Night Live.

It seemed like Doyle decided to give Sherlock the week off. I think The Valley of Fear could be skipped by all but the most dedicated of Sherlock fans. View 1 comment. Not enough Holmes! Finally found a copy of this to read and, unfortunately, it is too much like The Scarlet Thread. We already did that once!

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I don't care how spectacular Birdy Edwards is. I don't care what became of him. I want to see a classic character being classic. Surely, by the time Conan Doy Not enough Holmes! Surely, by the time Conan Doyle wrote this,he realized that this was why he was being read? He was harassed for killing Holmes!

He was writing this book because he had been forced to bring Holmes back! I know he had lost patience with the character, but the character was brilliant and beloved for a reason. There was no reason to write another crazy cop-out book about someone who is not actually Holmes. Probably went over well in England, though. They probably got pretty excited by the idea of a crime story set in America. I probably won't reread this book any time soon. View all 4 comments. We are first in Victorian England, where a gentleman has been murdered in atrocious circumstances.

It takes all the tenacity, the ingenuity of Sherlock to overcome this investigation, and unmasked the culprit, I challenge you to find. We reply that the reader did not have all the elements in hand. There were still many, and the main principal.

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He simply had to rely on facts and not their interpretation, and other preconceptions. The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is We are first in Victorian England, where a gentleman has been murdered in atrocious circumstances. The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the disease of our profession. Shelves: chase-me-chase-me , adventure , published , autumn , a-questing-we-shall-go , arch , cults-societies-brotherhoods , look-behind-you , mystery-thriller.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. View all 6 comments. Dec 26, Eligah Boykin jr. This is a fine book about raising the tone of an entire community by ridding it of its secret criminal element and thereby making it something more than a 'Valley of Fear'. This novel is not as tightly written as 'A Study in Scarlet', nor does it move in real time with the suspenseful pace of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but it speaks to something more profound about the Human Spirit in its eternal struggle for Freedom. This is the novel that makes one ponder the darker implications of figh This is a fine book about raising the tone of an entire community by ridding it of its secret criminal element and thereby making it something more than a 'Valley of Fear'.

This is the novel that makes one ponder the darker implications of fighting for a better world.

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The protagonist of this flashback story is Birdy Edwards, and his struggles with criminals give this novel a more realistic basis than many of Holmes' prior puzzles of detection. I really didn't see the end coming in the flashback tale until it was upon me and it was one of the most satisfying and believable conclusions I have ever experienced. The resolution of this novel is definitely not saccharine and speaks forcefully to realities of the grimness of this world.

Professor Moriarity is mentioned for the first time and the events of 'The Valley of Fear' come across as precursor to Holmes' own encounter with Moriarty in 'The Final Problem'. Mostly I just like the title 'The Valley of Fear'. I was expecting some sort of adventure based for all appearances on the Supernatural and Horror genres. Something like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. But the fear in this 'valley' is quite natural and real, but no less horrible. That's why for my money, 'The Valley of Fear' has an understated depth to it that raises it a notch above the standard Detective or Mystery genre.

Enjoyable, but not my favourite Sherlock Holmes. It didn't hang together quite as well as the rest. This book contains two stories which tie up nicely towards the end. The first is a classic Holmes crime and mystery which is resolved, as expected by the smug Sherlock, to the astonishment and adulation of Watson and all of the other characters involved.

Most avid readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories would probably unravel the puzzles before they read the conclusions of the master.

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The twist provided by the discovery of a corpse which has been shot in the face by a shotgun is overdone these da This book contains two stories which tie up nicely towards the end. The twist provided by the discovery of a corpse which has been shot in the face by a shotgun is overdone these days, but Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle's representation of that scenario may have been completely original when he wrote this story.

I would be very interested to know if he was the first, or if there was already a precedent. It is a good mystery based around the murder of the owner of a mansion which is surrounded by a moat. The murderer's escape route seems to be clear, but how did he get into the mansion when the draw bridge was up. There are many more puzzles to be solved. Of course, as always, the police detectives quickly come to the obvious conclusions, whilst Holmes thinks laterally until he arrives at the truth.

The clues are scattered liberally throughout the text for the pleasure of the reader. I usually find that I discover the explanation just before it is revealed. That is what makes these stories so skillfully crafted and so enjoyable. The second story is about "the scourers" in a mining community in North America. They are a goup of men who terrorise the Valley of Fear using their Freemasons' Lodge as their cover and meeting place. A violent and terrible death is on the cards for anyone who crosses them or who tries to bring them to justice. This is an exciting and action-packed tale.

What has this got to do with the murder which occurred in the opening chapter. Well, you know that there is some connection, but the layers are peeled off slowly, and the final knots are not tied until towards the end of the book.

I really did enjoy this one despite the predictabilities. Because of thier timings, they just made it more digestible. I can see why some lovers of Holmes would disagree with me, but I would strongly recommend it to any of my friends who enjoy a good crime mystery. For any lovers of Sherlock Holmes stories who have not read The Valley of Fear, I would say that their reading is not complete if this one is missing from their list.

So far this is my least favourite of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Holmes appears and solves the mystery, of course, but most of the book consists of back story in which neither Holmes nor Watson appear. There is nothing at all wrong with the prose, but the narrative, while interesting enough, is hardly compelling. There is simply not enough Holmes in this one for my taste.

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Jan 31, F. And so it proved. Firstly, let me just say that the Sherlock Holmes parts of this book are excellent. Even, if he can get a tad fuzzy about the details of the canon. The major problem with this book is the second half. The entire tale lies there inert, daring the reader to plod through it.

ACD's last novel novella? That being said, I love Sherlock Holmes. Sep 01, Patrick J. I'm close to finishing The Complete Sherlock Holmes and this novel has been my favorite, by far. Truly a classic! Admittedly, this is a creepy story or rather the second half is. Part I is greatly enjoyable -- a basic Sherlock Holmes mystery had plenty of intrigue, and utilized the same pattern that most of the canon follows.

However, Part II? I'm not crazy over it, that's for sure. The cult following in Vermissa Valley kept reminding me of the R. Stevenson's The Suicide Club perhaps because I just read that one a month ago , based on its cult conspiracy level. This Holmes novel is deep. And dark. Of Admittedly, this is a creepy story or rather the second half is. Of course, it helps you to finish putting the puzzle pieces together from Part I of the story, but still Anyways, I'm glad to have this novel under my belt. Not sure if I'll be especially eager to re-read this one later on -- but you never know!