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The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the fourth and final bookin the Holmes series is 176 pages and was first published by George HDoran Company in 1915 Sherlock Homes once again solves a mystery inhis unique but effective way Although a rather common occurrence theway that this mastermind finds solutions to problems is what makes thisbook rather magnificent As much as you try to think ahead of Holmes itis rather impossible to conceive the right solution This book is fullof surprises which are unexpected Although at some times hard to readif 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 mysteryand the other a flashback providing the history behind the murder Thebook is written in the third person and not from the normal Watson pointof view However the flashback is not as intriguing and well writtenas the mystery section In addition different from other books writtenby Doyle Valley of Fear mostly portrays the cruelty of a murderingorganization and background information of the murder and does notinclude Holmes throughout the whole story The transitions from onesetting to another as the book progresses and then in part two speaksabout the past going into a whole new time in the victims lifeThe book starts off in England Holmes home located on 221B BakerStreet is where the first mystery arises Holmes and Watson then haveto go to the Birlstone Manor which is located in Sussex This is thehome of Mr and Mrs Douglass and is the scene of the murder By thetime part two comes the story changes its location entirely to theUnited States discussing the background information in order to developan understanding of the murder Part two opens up in Vermissa Valley onFebruary 4th 1875 The stranger to the town of Vermissa John McMurdocame from Chicago
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