What is The Valley of Fear Sherlock Holmes story about?

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The Valley of Fear is a novel that involves puzzles, murder, and Professor Moriarty.  Holmes does not learn of Moriarty’s involvement until the end.  He just knows that he gets a message written in code than a man named John Douglas is about to be murdered.  Shortly after, Inspector MacDonald arrives to tell Holmes that it has happened.

Holmes now has his interest peaked.  Once at Douglas’s house, things get interesting. For one thing it is surrounded by a small moat.  There is a body they assume is Douglas.  Also, the wedding ring is missing, and there is...

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