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The Valley of Fear

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 […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The White Company

A historical adventure set during the Hundred Years’ War. The story follows a young man as he leaves the shelter of an abbey in England and becomes involved with Edward, the Black Prince’s campaign in Spain. Doyle later wrote a prequel, titled “Sir Nigel”, concerning the early life of one of the heroes in this […]


Genre: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Historical, War & Military

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The rich landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the park of his manor surrounded by the grim moor of Dartmoor, in the county of Devon. His death seems to have been caused by a heart attack, but the victim’s best friend, Dr. Mortimer, is convinced that the strike was due to a supernatural […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous and iconic literary detective characters, with long-lasting interest and appeal. The book’s title […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The Mystery of Cloomber

Near their residence, Branksome, is The Cloomber Hall, for many years untenanted. After a little while it is settled in by John Berthier Heatherstone, late of the Indian Army. General Heatherstone is nervous to the point of being paranoid. As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that his fears are connected with some people in […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The Lost World

The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. Interestingly, for a seminal work of dinosaur-related fiction, the animals only occupy a […]


Genre: Action & Adventure, Fiction

Uncle Bernac

At this unexpected announcement Talleyrand and Berthier looked at each other in silence, and for once the trained features of the great diplomatist, who lived behind a mask, betrayed the fact that he was still capable of emotion. The spasm which passed over them was caused, however, rather by mischievous amusement than by consternation, while […]


Genre: Fiction, Historical