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For the third time (after, most recently, Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders), Holmes and Watson make their way to Minnesota and team up with savvy St. Paul saloonkeeper and sometime detective Shadwell Rafferty. The year is 1899, and reports of the discovery of an ancient stone telling of Viking explorers coming to what is now Minnesota has caused an international stir. Sweden's King Oskar II wants the stone back in his country if it is genuine. As fate would have it, on the very day Holmes and Watson arrive, the farmer who uncovered the stone is murdered, "his skull split down the middle like a ripe watermelon," and the stone taken. The friendly rivalry between Rafferty and Holmes has evolved into almost a partnership. Millett handles Holmes and Watson well and is definitely in his comfort zone with Rafferty, a thoroughly engaging character. It doesn't matter if Holmes ever really came to Minnesota or if the Rune stone was genuine or fake. The way Millett tells the tale, readers will be happy to take his word for it. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA-Once again, Millett accurately re-creates the famous detective and his associate, Dr. John H. Watson, who narrates this fine mystery that's full of suspense, adventure, and colorful characters. Based on a true incident involving a stone with runic writing that was found in Minnesota in 1898, this story utilizes the same time and place. The story begins in London as King Oskar II of Sweden persuades Sherlock Holmes to investigate the authenticity of a Viking stone carving found on a western Minnesota farm. Holmes and Watson arrive in the states just as the farmer who made the discovery is killed and the stone is stolen. Many strange coincidences and a surprising villain complicate the case. The writing and plot are very much like Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, and fans will enjoy seeing the sleuths working together.
Linda A. Vretos, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.