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This book is split into two parts, the first being the investigation by Sherlock Holmes into the murderous events at a Sussex manor and the second part is the history - a story in its own right - of how the events being investigated at the manor came about. Holmes solves the case with three-and-a-half hours of the audiobook remaining and we are then taken back to a town in America set in 'The Valley of Fear' and shown why it is so named. I enjoyed this book but did start to loose a little interest a couple of hours into the historical story, as all the characters are different from the first half of the book and I was getting frustrated as to how it was all going to link up to the investigation. All in all, this is a great book, with the only criticism being that the story of the Valley of Fear went on a little too long. Derek Jacobi is exemplary as usual.
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You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.
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