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Valley of Fear is simply a great read with wonderful twists at the end that the reader will not likely see coming. I would put Valley and Hound as the two best novels, with Hound perhaps slightly better, but better is all about taste and preference. Anyway, this novel is broken down into two main parts, Part 1 is the Murder mystery, who killed? Part 2 is a backstory, about 20 years earlier and has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes.

The part 2 story provides the motivation for the murder mystery in part 1. This format is the same as found in the first two novels but the backstory here is probably the best of the three - Doyle now has almost 30 years of writing experience. There is a very short part 3, the Epilogue which brings us back to Baker Street for a final update. The Valley of Fear part 1 mystery the reader gets most of the clues the same time as Holmes does and is more or less free to try to figure things out himself but as I mentioned, there are twists and nothing in Valley of Fear is what it seems!!!!

One noticeable difference for myself, who has now read 7 of the 9 books, and possibly fellow Sherlockians, is that the deep friendship between Holmes and Watson is just not there. The first page was almost disturbing in that regard. Watson is more of an object then a subject to Holmes, more like the modern adaptations. Watson is a friend, gentlemen, medic, soldier, and chronicler - not the bumbling sidekick of the Basil Rathbone movies.

Anyway, the story, both part 1 and 2, are excellent and much better than I expected. This is actually one of the better Sherlock Holmes books, as far as I'm concerned, because while reading it, I was very much reminded of just how wonderfully well written and incredibly inventive Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's very first story featuring the famous detective really was.

Doyle's 'The Valley of Fear' isn't quite the sterling caliber of the seminal 'A Study in Scarlet,' of course, but it comes awfully close, because, in a similar fashion to the earlier work, the story is divided into two distinctly different parts. Surprisingly enough, the latter portion of the book hardly features the main characters, Holmes and Watson, at all!

Even more startling is the fact that the solution of the crime is actually presented at the end of the first half of the book! What's most stunning and truly laudable of all, is that the second half, which is primarily a backstory, manages to be even much, much more of a page turner than the first part. By my way of thinking, that's superb storytelling, no matter how you slice it. The Valley of Fear may not be particularly engaging at first, but if you stick with it, the book is more than well worth reading.

Absolutely perhaps the most entertaining Sherlock Holmes novel in my opinion. For the Holmes purist, I think there is less deductive reasoning than some of the other stories, however the story itself appears more cohesive in some ways. One person found this helpful. In the first part of the book, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson arrive at a manor house to investigate the murder of the man of the house. He solves the mystery, but not why it happened. The way the story was told in the two parts is very effective. The first part is engaging and interesting throughout.

The second part is slow-moving for about half of it. The two parts are of equal length so sometimes I felt like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had just added needlessly to the second part to make is as long as the first.

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I recommend reading The Valley of Fear. This is a story inside a story setting the stage for Holmes and his archnemesis. There's a very nice plot twist. I don't enjoy it because it's about a corrupt secret society criminal organization that controlled a small town in the mid west in the wild west days. So it's a little too dark and stark for me. Esp when you think that this type of activity still exists somewhere in the world.

How can you ever go wrong with the author who gave us the greatest detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes. I've read this before a short time ago, but I still enjoyed it since I had forgotten some of the details from the original Holmes case that started it all. It's always great to see good triumph over evil; too bad it doesn't always translate to real life situations. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The Hound of the Baskervilles: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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