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The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the fourth and final book in the Holmes series is 176 pages and was first published by George H Doran Company in 1915 Sherlock Homes once again solves a mystery in his unique but effective way Although a rather common occurrence the way that this mastermind finds solutions to problems is what makes this book rather magnificent As much as you try to think ahead of Holmes it is rather impossible to conceive the right solution This book is full of surprises which are unexpected Although at some times hard to read if you try to comprehend the book you will be able to follow the plot Moreover the book is divided into two parts one describing the mystery and the other a flashback providing the history behind the murder The book is written in the third person and not from the normal Watson point of view However the flashback is not as intriguing and well written as the mystery section In addition different from other books written by Doyle Valley of Fear mostly portrays the cruelty of a murdering organization and background information of the murder and does not include Holmes throughout the whole story The transitions from one setting to another as the book progresses and then in part two speaks about the past going into a whole new time in the victims lifeThe book starts off in England Holmes home located on 221B Baker Street is where the first mystery arises Holmes and Watson then have to go to the Birlstone Manor which is located in Sussex This is the home of Mr and Mrs Douglass and is the scene of the murder By the time part two comes the story changes its location entirely to the United States discussing the background information in order to develop an understanding of the
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