Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's final Sherlock Holmes novel supposedly gets its inspiration from the 19th-century secret society The Molly Maguires. Criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty also makes a rare appearance in The Valley of Fear. Christopher Lee is the perfect performer for any Sherlock story. His deep voice handles suspense easily. With his light British accent, Lee's enunciation is impeccable. Meanwhile, Lee creates enchanting and quite distinct characters. His pacing varies with expertise, slowing for those moments of drama and leaping along when the action gets going. Armchair sleuths will love this entertaining and mysterious audiobook.
A rich American is murdered in mysterious circumstances in a manor house in Sussex, England. Sherlock Holmes, accompanied by Dr. Watson, is invited to help the investigation. Though Holmes solves the mystery at hand, his attention and indeed the mystery itself shifts to the coalfields of North America. The heart of the matter is corruption - the date is 1875. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle outs his finger with uncanny accuracy on civil corruption which so blighted North America in that century.
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