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In the summer of 1994, a workman at the historic mansion of railroad baron James J. Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota, stumbles on a long-hidden wall safe. When experts arrive to open the safe and examine its contents, they make an astonishing discovery. There, inside, is a handwritten manuscript bearing the signature of John H. Watson, M.D.
The manuscript contains the story of how Sherlock Holmes and Watson traveled to Minnesota to track a murderous arsonist—known only as the Red Demon—who is threatening both Hill and his Great Northern Railway. Set against the backdrop of the real, devastating Hinckley forest fire of 1894, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon is the tense and atmospheric first novel in Larry Millett’s classic series of adventures that brought Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to Minnesota.
- Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1st PAPERBACK edition (April 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816674833
- ISBN-13: 978-0816674831
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
From Minnesota so this is great! Brings History to light!
Great non-fiction book
It's a great book about facts in my surrounding area. I'm in fact going to the museums this summer to follow up what's real. See Hill's mansion and the museum in Hinckley, MN.
Larry Millet writing Sherlock Holmes
I like all novels featuring Sherlock Holmes. since they are filled all sorts of character. This one takes place however not in London but in America.
Holmes And Watson In Minnesota?
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•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••
Very good performance and story
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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.
Would make a GREAT movie!
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.
The First Novel in a Great Mystery Series
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."
Holmes is back in a new story series!
Great story and ranks right up there with any classic Holmes stories. I look forward to the rest of the series. The narrator does very well with multiple characters accents and Breathes new life into a classic literary hero. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the series. I received this book from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review