The Valley of Fear

Cover image for


Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,544 / 167 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.9
LoC Category: PR
Series: Sherlock Holmes
Downloads: 35,910
Added to site: 2009.08.04 24889
More Info:

The plot of the novel is based very loosely on the real-life activities of the Molly Maguires and, particularly, of Pinkerton agent James McParland.The novel is divided into two parts: in the first, Holmes investigates an apparent murder and discovers that the body belongs to another man; and in the second, the story of the man originally thought to have been the victim is told. --Wikipedia

Show Excerpt

s that there is some mischief afoot."

"If you said 'hope' instead of 'fear,' it would be nearer the truth, I'm thinking, Mr. Holmes," the inspector answered, with a knowing grin. "Well, maybe a wee nip would keep out the raw morning chill. No, I won't smoke, I thank you. I'll have to be pushing on my way; for the early hours of a case are the precious ones, as no man knows better than your own self. But--but--"

The inspector had stopped suddenly, and was staring with a look of absolute amazement at a paper upon the table. It was the sheet upon which I had scrawled the enigmatic message.

"Douglas!" he stammered. "Birlstone! What's this, Mr. Holmes? Man, it's witchcraft! Where in the name of all that is wonderful did you get those names?"

"It is a cipher that Dr. Watson and I have had occasion to solve. But why--what's amiss with the names?"

The inspector looked from one to the other of us in dazed astonishment. "Just this," said he, "that Mr. Douglas of Birlstone Manor House


Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****

The valley of fear is written by Sherlock Holmes. The whole play script is divided into two acts. the whole act 1 in on the tragedy of birthstone manor while act 2 is on the scowrers.The act 1 was almost on the murder that was there investigated by Holmes, Watson,Mac Donald,Sergent Wilson and Doctor Wood. The act 2 is almost on the scowrers that how Mac Murdo trapped the body master MC Ginty and other scowrers. As he was so clever he planned to trap Pinkerton the birdy Edward and Wilcox in front of scowrers but there was nothing like that he want to do with them. at the end they got to know that Baldwin was died and mac murdo was Douglas.

Paul Hatton

Another great Holmes story, goes on for a while in the middle, but the background is a necessary part of the story, and with a nice twist at the end. As with all of the other Holmes tales, this is a 'must read'. Conan-Doyle is amongst the greats of English literature.


Another great Sherlock Holmes novel, one of my favorites.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook

Rise of The Iron Eagle

The Iron Eagle Series Book 1
Roy A. Teel Jr.

Is The Iron Eagle a psychotic serial killer?Read more

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook


True Alpha 1
Alisa Woods

Shifters in Seattle Desired (True Alpha 1) Ne... Read more

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook

Open Minds

Mindjack Saga Book 1
Susan Kaye Quinn

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a danger... Read more

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook

XGeneration 1

You Don't Know Me (XGeneration Series)
Brad Magnarella

In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between... Read more

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook

Drive, Ride, Repeat

The Mostly-True Account of a Cross-Country Car and Bicycle Adventure
Al Macy

Author Al Macy is a character and a tightwad wi... Read more

Cover image for The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle - Free eBook

I Bring the Fire

Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story)
C. Gockel

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Rise of The Iron Eagle
by Roy A. Teel Jr.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
The Riddle of the Sands
by Erskine Childers
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
Who Murdered Mr. Malone?
by Hope Callaghan
A Good Man Gone
by A.W. Hartoin

See more popular titles from this genre.