Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Book Review: The Valley of Fear, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As is the case with most Sherlock Holmes stories/novels, this was very fun to read.

The story is in two parts, and starts with the murder of a seemingly very likeable, upright, and resourceful man who does not appear to have any enemies. The man's name is Mr. Douglas of Birlstone Manor House. However, there is a period of time in his life of which he did not speak, and it is that period which Sherlock Holmes delves into in order to solve the mystery, in addition to the usual clues the police always seem inclined to ignore or downplay.

The second part gives background to the first part by taking the reader back in time about 20 years, to a period of time the relevance of which is at first uncertain to the reader. However, the relevance becomes more and more apparent as the second part unfolds, eventually leading to a delightful revelation that Susan, for once, did not anticipate in the least. She has this habit of correctly predicting Sherlock Holmes story outcomes, but this one completely took her by surprise. I think it might take you by surprise as well, should you choose to read this fun read.

In Christ.

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