The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm a big fan of the BBC crime drama Sherlock, the way it is formatted and the way it appreciates its original source work and the love shown for it. The show's love of the source material pushed me to read some of the original Holmes novels and it's something I definitely do not regret! The Valley of Fear, I believe, is one of Conan Doyle's best. The way the seemingly related stories connected shocked me. It was a twist that I did not expect, although this story had many twists that I did not expect. The way the characters of the past connect to the story in the present time of the novel was something again unexpected, but appreciated. I think this has replaced The Hound of the Baskervilles as my favorite Holmes story (though I still think The Hound of the Baskervilles is a very close second!)
Definitely worthy of the title "classic".
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