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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Valley of Fear -  Arthur Conan Doyle Judging from Goodreads reviews, The Valley of Fear takes a lot of flak. It's criticized for having the same style of flashback as A Study in Scarlet and for ignoring Sherlock Holmes for half the story.

However, I thought the American flashback scenes were excellent. They reminded me a lot of Dashiell Hammett; I wonder if he was influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle? At any rate, Doyle's background in spiritualism is clear: his characters dabble in secret societies and cults, and the story benefits from it. This is one of the few stories that actually scared me while I read it.

The Valley of Fear is a worthy addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon and to the bookshelves of detective fiction fans.