Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery

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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 Rune Stone 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...

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Overview

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 Rune Stone 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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Editorial Reviews

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"What separates this adventure from other Holmesian derivatives are Millett’s crisp writing and imaginative plotting." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 Cahners Business Information.
Ruth Wales
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816677047
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2012
  • Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 658,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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 this series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, all in new editions from the University of Minnesota Press.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Map of Area around Alexandria, Minnesota, 1899 x

Introduction xiii

1. “The Whole Thing Is Nothing But a Crude Hoax” 1
2. “I Guess You Haven’t Heard” 16
3. “Just Who Exactly Might the Two of You Be?” 28
4. “Rochester Knows” 41
5. “One Might As Well Have Stolen the Mona Lisa” 54
6. “Her Name Was Mary Robinson” 66
7. “Well, I Guess I Win” 79
8. “He Is Also Said to Be the Richest Swede in America” 96
9. “I Killed No One” 108
10. “Fooled You All” 121
11. “Give Me the Gun” 133
12. “There Was Something Very Wrong on That Farm” 145
13. “I Felt the Presence of a Horrible Chill” 158
14. “Murder Is Always Hard to Believe” 172
15. “I Have Formulated a Little Plan” 184
16. “You Will Have to Play Along” 196
17. “This Case Has Become a Conspiracy of Lies” 209
18. “I Do Not Have to Tell You What That May Mean” 222
19. “You Can Answer a Question for Me” 234
20. “I Don’t Like the Look of This” 245
21. “Bad Man” 257
22. “We Are Finished Here, Mr. Holmes” 272
23. “You Will Tell Us What You Have Done with the Rune Stone” 285

Epilogue: “Who Is to Say We Might Not Meet Again?” 297

Notes 303
Author’s Note 315

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I was surprised to read the negative reviews of this book, which

    I was surprised to read the negative reviews of this book, which clearly indicate to me they were written by people unfamiliar with the canon of Sherlock Holmes literature. In contrast to their negative take, I read the book with great appreciation, both of the incarnation of the classic Holmes and Watson which I found quite familiar, as well as the special character of Shadwell Rafferty, who, though slightly over-the-top and truly larger than life, was remarkably enjoyable. In addition, I found the weaving of local Minnesota history to be quite accurate and detailed, and the student of Minnesota history will find numerous references to matters both familiar and notable in our state. Finally, a word on the writing itself. It was well done. He knows how to turn a phrase, unfold a mystery, and keep the reader's attention throughout the text. It's not going to win any literary prize, but was well worth my time to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    if you're desprate

    There were things that were good and bad about this story. Once again the stony plot was spellbinding and action packed. The downfalls was the non-Doyale style Holmes. He was always a gentleman. He was always capable of pretending to be a friend of women. (He was engaged once for pete's sake) To say the he had the hots for a call girl when he could've had attractive, intelligent governess is too much. But really, the story almost makes up for the Holmes in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Not for your true Sherlockian or Holmesian

    As others have noted elsewhere, this would have been an engaging story had the detective and his sidekick been named anyone other than Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Sadly, this was not the case, so the book only serves to severely disappoint a true Sherlock Holmes fan. Millett may demonstrate a good knowledge of Sherlockian lore, but he widely misses the mark in portraying the world's first consulting detective. Sherlock Holmes surprised? Never! Sherlock Holmes kissing the hand of a woman of ill-repute? Even in the original tales, Sherlock Holmes NEVER kissed a woman's hand, and it certainly would have been more appropriate with the ladies he'd encountered there. And, by the way, how could a woman who supported herself via the world's oldest profession, not only still be alive at the age of 45, but amazingly beautiful? In the 1890's? Give me a break. In conclusion, I would like to say that Larry Millett would serve Holmes and Watson better by reacquainting himself with the original tales, and better understanding the Victorian morals and principals that would have governed these two men. As for me, after reading only six chapters of this book, I was so disappointed that I ended up tossing it into the garbage.

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