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It's January 1896 when railroad magnate James J. Hill summons Holmes and Watson to St. Paul, Minn. (as he did in Millett's Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon, 1996). Wealthy Jonathan Upton and Laura Forbes are soon to be married in the rotunda of a large and elaborate ice palace, a traditional part of the city's annual Winter Carnival. But Upton is missing, and Miss Forbes seems strangely unconcerned about his whereabouts. The fathers of the pair, both prominent businessmen, are the primary financiers of the palace, and Jonathan's disappearance has become the hot news story of the day. Soon after his arrival, Holmes encounters a friendly rival, Shadwell Rafferty, whose card reads, "bartending and discreet investigations," and who is working for the senior Upton. The stakes are raised when Holmes and Rafferty discover the severed head of young Upton encased in a block of ice inside the palace, and they are upped further when the senior Upton is killed and Miss Forbes's brother is attacked. Millett's Holmes is a fair replica of Conan Doyle's original, but the real triumph here is Rafferty, who lights up each scene in which he appears, adding a distinctively American bounce to a solid, complex mystery distinguished by its vibrant portrayal of 19th-century St. Paul. Holmes fans may feel free to tip their deerstalkers. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Millett has once again taken Holmes and Watson out of their usual Baker Street lodgings to the remote landscape of Minnesota. In this adventure they are trying to locate Jonathon Upton, a young man who has disappeared days before his wedding. The detectives soon find the game is afoot and there is more than one missing person to locate. Murder, blackmail, and revenge in the snow-covered city of St. Paul? Millett knows the history of the area and has done a good job of capturing the personalities of Holmes and Watson. Simon Prebble is excellent as he portrays each of the characters with variations in accent and intonation. This abridgment is recommended for all public libraries, for a new Sherlockian pastiche is a treat for any "Hound"!?Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Among the very best non-Doyle Sherlock tales, this yarn has everything: great writing, scenes, characters, and even some business history, with John J Hill among the leading... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Hans Castorp
If you have ever heard of Sherlock Holmes, the Winter Carnival or St. Paul, MN, this is a MUST READ !! Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004
Mr. Millett does not capture the feel of the original Sherlock Holmes stores. Not only is it lacking in staying true to the character, the plot is virtually transparant. Read morePublished on March 13 2002
Larry Millett combines his knowledge of the history of the Twin Cities with a mystery involving Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. So how does it come off? Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by jakecarew
Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I found the 'voice' of Holmes and Watson to be accurate and quite true to the original characters. Read morePublished on April 13 2001
This installment kept my interest with all of the historical details that Millet threw in. As a St Paul history lesson, the book could be no better. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2001 by Jamison Penny
This book is the follow up to Millett's first Holmes book, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon. I liked that book, but I like this one even better. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2001
As someone who has read the original Sherlock Holmes stories from early childhood, as well as countless novels and short stories by numerous other authors, I feel that Larry Millet... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2000 by P. Bloise
Many of the other Amazon reviewers have taken this book to task because it's not by Arthur Conan Doyle. I say, all to the good. Read morePublished on July 11 2000 by M. Ritchie