Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery by Larry Millett audiobook

Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery: A Minnesota Mystery Featuring Shadwell Rafferty

By Larry Millett
Introduction and note read by Larry Millett
Read by Steve Hendrickson

Spoken Realms 9780816677047

The Minnesota Mysteries: Book 3

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Sherlock Holmes is bored between cases at 221B Baker Street. So when King Oskar II of Sweden—who has heard of the discovery of the Kensington Runestone by a farmer in Minnesota—asks to engage his services, Holmes jumps at the chance to decipher the runes and determine whether the find is real or a hoax. With Dr. John H. Watson by his side, faithfully recording every detail, Holmes makes his way to Minnesota for a third time. But, in the first of many strange and unfortunate coincidences, the farmer who found the mysterious stone is murdered, and the stone itself is stolen on the day the famous detective arrives. With the help of one Shadwell Rafferty, now a friend and partner, Holmes must solve this baffling case to find both the stone and the murderer.

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Summary

Summary

Sherlock Holmes is bored between cases at 221B Baker Street. So when King Oskar II of Sweden—who has heard of the discovery of the Kensington Runestone by a farmer in Minnesota—asks to engage his services, Holmes jumps at the chance to decipher the runes and determine whether the find is real or a hoax. With Dr. John H. Watson by his side, faithfully recording every detail, Holmes makes his way to Minnesota for a third time. But, in the first of many strange and unfortunate coincidences, the farmer who found the mysterious stone is murdered, and the stone itself is stolen on the day the famous detective arrives.

With the help of one Shadwell Rafferty, now a friend and partner, Holmes must solve this baffling case to find both the stone and the murderer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“His leading characters are true to type, and his Midwest setting allows him to create a believable background for his transplanted detectives…Millett mixes historical facts with his fiction—there really is a disputed rune stone in Minnesota—and he uses authentic regional details to good effect.” Christian Science Monitor
“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.” Publishers Weekly
“Secretive, surprising, inventive, and ill-acquainted with modesty, Sherlock and his latest American adventure merit wide readership.” Library Journal
“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…The writing and plot are very much like Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, and fans will enjoy seeing the sleuths working together.” School Library Journal

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Reviews

by Rayc 6/10/2020
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A good story

Rune Stone Mystery, As a Conan Doyle fan I set a very high standard for imitators. And with that in mind this book is good entertainment and I would like to listen too the first 2 books in the series.
It isn't conan Doyle but it is worth reading/listening too.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily left this review.
by Nicole 3/24/2020
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Not a freat addition to the Holmes canon

I recieved this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled to get through this one, to be honest. This just doesn't ring true as a Holmes story. The author does not capture Doyle's tone well, and the story itself drags. The character of Shadwell Rafferty seems to be the most dischordant. He seems to be echoing every one of Holmes' thoughts, and Holmes allows him to take a much larger role in the investigation than Doyle ever had a secondary character do.

Another off-putting element was the constant references to the other two books in the series. I have not read them, so I felt that I was missing crucial information.

On the other hand, the narration was fantastic. The narrator mastered a variety of accents that made the story come more alive than it otherwise would have on its own. This was what kept me listening when I wanted to give up on it.
by Mayas mom 3/18/2020
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Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota

A very good mystery with surprizes and plot twists. The characters of Holmes and Watson are very much like in the original books by A. Conan Doyle.

Author

Author Bio: Larry Millett

Author Bio: Larry Millett

Larry Millett is the author of numerous historical mystery novels and nonfiction books and has also written for several historical and architectural magazines in the Midwestern United States. A native of Minneapolis, he earned a BA degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA from the University of Chicago. He spent much of his career as a writer, reporter, and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1984, he won a Knight Fellowship to the University of Michigan to study architectural history and theory.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English