With The Valley of Fear, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduces the dastardly Professor Moriarty, foil to his genius investigator Sherlock Holmes. Performer Walter Zimmerman brims with intrigue and good humor as he follows Holmes on the case of a mysterious murder perpetrated by a secret society, the Ancient Order of Freemen. Complicating matters, it seems that the deceased was himself a member of the covert fraternity. Holmes and his faithful sidekick, John Watson, trace the perpetrators from the coasts of California to a stately English manor, uncovering a jealous love triangle. Zimmerman delivers an unforgettable performance as the detective duo, imbuing Holmes with unflappable stoicism and Watson with incredulous good humor.
The story is similar in structure to "A Study in Scarlet", with the second half taking place in the United States and filling in the history of what led up to the first half. Toward the end, the story comes back to Holmes and Watson.
©1991 Jimcin Recordings
The Valley of Fear is one of only four Sherlock Holmes novels, and although I don't think it's the best of the lot, it is still a wonderful story. In addition, the narrator does a great job with the many voices - everything from Sherlock and Watson to American coal miners.
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