The Valley of Fear

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The Valley of Fear  (1915) 
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Illustrated by Arthur Ignatius Keller; the final Sherlock Holmes novel. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915. The first book edition was published in New York on February 27, 1915.

Dust jacket of a 1915 edition

Copyright, 1914, by


Part I: The Tragedy of Birlstone

  1. Chapter 1: The Warning
  2. Chapter 2: Sherlock Holmes Discourses
  3. Chapter 3: The Tragedy of Birlstone
  4. Chapter 4: Darkness
  5. Chapter 5: The People of the Drama
  6. Chapter 6: A Dawning Light
  7. Chapter 7: The Solution

Part II: The Scowrers

  1. Chapter 1: The Man
  2. Chapter 2: The Bodymaster
  3. Chapter 3: Lodge 341, Vermissa
  4. Chapter 4: The Valley of Fear
  5. Chapter 5: The Darkest Hour
  6. Chapter 6: Danger
  7. Chapter 7: The Trapping of Birdy Edwards


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1928.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1930, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 92 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.