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Arthur Conan Doyle was a British author, physician and spiritualist who created the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes featured in a number of novels and short stories, most of which have remained in print for well over a century. Arthur Conan Doyle's best-known work includes novels: 'A Study in Scarlet', 'The Sign of the Four', 'The Stark Munro Letters' and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'; short-story collections: 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', 'Round the Red Lamp: Being Facts' and 'Fancies of Medical Life' and 'Danger! and Other Stories' and works of historical non-fiction: The Crime of the 'Congo and The Great Boer War'.
The first part of the fourth Sherlock Holmes novel, "The Valley of Fear" (1914-15), takes place in the English county of Sussex in 1888. Following the murder of Mr. Douglas from Birlstone Manor House, the logical detective skills of Sherlock Holmes and the support of his assistant, Dr. Watson, are needed to determine the identity of the murderer and to capture him. The true and complex background of the crime is revealed, however, only after a flashback, which, in the second part of the novel, leads the reader to a coal-mining area in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania in 1875...