Running Time 6hrs 17mins
Emmy award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi reads this classic story featuring Holmes and Watson.
‘It is the Valley of Fear, the Valley of Death. The terror is in the hearts of the people from the dusk to the dawn. Wait, young man, and you will learn for yourself’.
Sherlock Holmes is intrigued and disturbed when he receives an ominous coded message: a Mr Douglas of Birlstone House is in terrible danger.
Before Holmes can act, shocking news arrives. Douglas has been founded dead – his face blown off by a shotgun. Scotland Yard is stumped. Was this suicide or murder? But Holmes is in no doubt. For he recognises the calling card of his nemesis: Professor James Moriarty.
In this thrilling tale of fear and tyranny, stretching from the stark American coal valleys to an English country manor, Holmes must battle his greatest – and most lethal – enemy…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh.
He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student.
Over his life he produced more than thirty books, 150 short stories, poems, plays and essays across a wide range of genres.
His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes, who he introduced in his first novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). This was followed in 1889 by an historical novel, Micah Clarke. In 1893 Conan Doyle published ‘The Final Problem’ in which he killed off his famous detective so that he could turn his attention more towards historical
fiction. However Holmes was so popular that Conan Doyle eventually relented and published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901. The events of the The Hound of the Baskervilles are set before those of ‘The Final Problem’ but in 1903 new Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear that revealed that the detective had not died after all.
He was finally retired in 1927.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930.