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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816674833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816674831
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,314,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the best Holmeses since the originals." —John Sandford


"Not only is his Minnesota history excellent, but his history of Sherlock Holmes and his adventures is remarkable. A classic mystery." —Steve Thayer


"An eminently credible adventure for fans of the magnificent consulting detective." —San Jose Mercury News

About the Author

Larry Millett was a reporter and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for thirty years. He is the author of fifteen books, including five other mystery novels in the series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, all forthcoming in new editions from the University of Minnesota Press.

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•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••

Steve Hendrickson’s performance was incredibly engaging. It showed Watson's pique with Holmes in a very expressive manner as well as Holmes' brusque mein when dealing with things he found to be self evident. Their snarky and contentious relationship is what has always (in my mind) made them an excellent investigative duo. All the characters were well acted and I can't wait to listen to more offerings by this talented voice actor!

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This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders: From the American Chronicles of John H. Watson, M.D. !

Even though this book starts with a foreword claiming this is a historical account of how events happened and who they happened to, this is not true. It is a ploy by the author to engage the reader wholy in a book that is truly a work of fiction. While this practice does annoy me the afterword clearly states this is a work of fiction, thus redeeming the author in my eyes for his attempt at deception.

Years after the death of Moriarty and the apparent death of Holmes is when this mystery starts. No longer fearing his enemies, Holmes has rejoined Watson and the land of the living. A knock on the door leads them to entertain an agent of a certain Mr. Hill who happens to be quite famous in his own right. Holmes and Watson are intrigued so they take on the case of ferreting out the identify and true intentions of the Red Demon menacing the railroad. Will they be able to discover the plot and thwart it before it is carried out? Is the Red Demon a genius, a madman, or both?
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HASH(0x9d426ef4) out of 5 stars Holmes And Watson In Minnesota? March 12 2016
By Nocturnus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••

Steve Hendrickson’s performance was incredibly engaging. It showed Watson's pique with Holmes in a very expressive manner as well as Holmes' brusque mein when dealing with things he found to be self evident. Their snarky and contentious relationship is what has always (in my mind) made them an excellent investigative duo. All the characters were well acted and I can't wait to listen to more offerings by this talented voice actor!

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This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders: From the American Chronicles of John H. Watson, M.D. !

Even though this book starts with a foreword claiming this is a historical account of how events happened and who they happened to, this is not true. It is a ploy by the author to engage the reader wholy in a book that is truly a work of fiction. While this practice does annoy me the afterword clearly states this is a work of fiction, thus redeeming the author in my eyes for his attempt at deception.

Years after the death of Moriarty and the apparent death of Holmes is when this mystery starts. No longer fearing his enemies, Holmes has rejoined Watson and the land of the living. A knock on the door leads them to entertain an agent of a certain Mr. Hill who happens to be quite famous in his own right. Holmes and Watson are intrigued so they take on the case of ferreting out the identify and true intentions of the Red Demon menacing the railroad. Will they be able to discover the plot and thwart it before it is carried out? Is the Red Demon a genius, a madman, or both? What does he hope to accomplish with his threats and dastardly acts?

***This series is suitable for young adult through adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy classic Sherlock Holmes as well as suspenseful murder mystery thrillers with a good amount of horror and intrigue :)
HASH(0x9d520834) out of 5 stars The First Novel in a Great Mystery Series March 5 2012
By Carl E. Ahlm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If one enjoys "historical" fiction and a good mystery, this series, which begins with Millett's "Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon," is for you. I was unsure of a book which eventually put Holmes into an American setting; however, I was pleasantly surprised with this series and this book. Larry Millett's characters, setting and plots are believable! More importantly, his style seems to closely emulate Doyle's, which adds to the credibility of the novel. Also, the characters are developed in such a way that they are simply believable; the reader can accept their dialogue, their motivation, and how they react to certain situations. Additionally, Millett creates a local color with such detail that the verisimilitude of the novel is enhanced. Moreover, he has done his research as each book is written with a very detailed set of end notes, which carefully provides his source information. Millett is an architectural critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the author of several books on the history of architecture in Minnesota. His knowledge of history, geography and architecture adds a great depth of reality to the local color of his books. Millett himself stated: "I have done my best to insert Holmes, Watson and my cast of characters into realistic settings. This means that ... I've put characters on real ships and trains, in real buildings and on real streets to lend an air of authenticity to their adventures." If you have not read the series, I would certainly recommend reading them in order, beginning with this one: "Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon."
The real and devastating Hinckley, Minnesota, fire of 1894 serves as the historical backdrop of the novel; Holmes and Watson are brought to America and hired by railroad tycoon James J. Hill (an actual historical person) to find the Red Demon, the man "who is trying to burn down one of his railroads." Once they settle in rustic Hinckley, Holmes and Watson visit a den of iniquity called Mother Mary's, where Watson's person undergoes vile indignities at the hands of several characters, and, disturbingly, a bit by Holmes himself. Who to trust is certainly a problem as the story unfolds. The mystery continues with typical twists and turns, which will lead to the emulation by Millett of the historical great conflagration of the Hinckley fire of 1894, into which Holmes, Watson and many of the town's people's very lives are in peril. The conclusion is a thrilling race for life or death!
HASH(0x9d27dc78) out of 5 stars Holmes Abroad March 1 2016
By DivaC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Another, interesting Sherlock Holmes mystery. You like how the story flows and the descriptive descriptions and some of the humorous situations. Like, when Holmes goes to check out the Perfume scent that was found on the letter. The voice over artist characterization of Elsa, definitely put a smile on your face. You like Dr. Watson and even though Holmes was good, he could be exasperating at times. Only thing, the introduction as interesting as it was, was a bit long and probably could have been placed at the end. The voice over artist was good and in some cases, put you in mind of another voice over artist and his characterizations. If you get a chance listen to “The Abduction of Nelly Don”, you’ll see what I mean. So if you like mysteries that happen to be on audio, you’ll like this Sherlockian Tale so, if you get a chance to listen to the audio or read the book, check it out.
HASH(0x9cc58270) out of 5 stars Would make a GREAT movie! Sept. 16 2015
By Nancy Drew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an exciting adventure story on its own even without the Sherlock Holmes element added. I absolutely LOVED the footnotes, informing the reader of the historical significance of some of the encounters and activities the duo experience throughout their journey. Holmes and Watson are believable enough, not exact, but believable to the extent that one would not expect them to act exactly the same as in the other stories given that they are in now visiting in Minnesota, away from the comfort and familiarity of their own home. The other characters are intriguing as well, especially the main female interest. I was delighted to stumble across it. The vivid descriptions the writer gives of life at that time would lend this novel to a visually stunning film.
HASH(0x9cecf51c) out of 5 stars Sherlock is on Fire for this case Feb. 12 2016
By J. Warren Benton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rating 3.5
This is the account of the fires that tormented the Eastern Minnesota Railroad. When Holmes and Watson are brought to America to find out why there are fire popping up at the railroad and the mysterious letters. As Holmes and Watson try to solve the case. They are late to figure out the Red Demon and most of the town burns. This case Sherlock calls the biggest failure of his career. The story has some slow parts but as most Sherlock novels wraps up nicely in the end.

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