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When one of Minnesota's wealthiest scions goes missing, it's up to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to track a cold-blooded killer.

The year is 1896, and the magnificent winter carnival is under way in St. Paul, Minnesota, when Holmes and Watson are summoned by the city's most powerful man, railroad magnate James J. Hill. A wealthy young man has disappeared on the eve of his wedding - and his fiancée suspiciously discards her wedding dress. After a grisly discovery in the carnival's ice palace leads to a flurry of clues, Holmes is on the case.

His pursuit of the murderer takes him through the highest echelons of St. Paul society and into cahoots with Shadwell Rafferty, a gregarious saloon owner and part-time private investigator. Soon Holmes, Watson, and Rafferty are embroiled in a perilous adventure that takes them from one frozen corner of the city to another and out onto the treacherous ice of the Mississippi River as they trail a cruel and ruthless killer.

©2016 Audio-Visceral Productions (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Before Mall of America There was Winter Festival

Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders again? Why?

Yes. Its a well written Holmes/Watson story. It has a lot of historical background regards St. Paul. Hamm's Brewing, for example, briefly interwoven into the story, famous people of the time and place and the Winter Festival which has taken place since 1886 and still going strong!

What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders to and why?

Other books or audio books in the Minnesota Mysteries Series by Larry Millett.

What about Steve Hendrickson’s performance did you like?

Diverse voices for characters. Enthusiastic performances, the pace of the story as he developed the story. Very pleasant, easily understood voice. And he doesn't snort! lol Some of the big name narrators snort!!! I hate that!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a sense of suspense as the crime is resolved.

Any additional comments?

I love stories that build on historically accurate background. This story does that.
I love Holmes and Watson. This story has that.
I enjoy audio books that are performed well. Steve Hendrickson provides that.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it. Thanks for the opportunity and the enjoyable hours!

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  • Calvin
  • Guelph, ON, Canada
  • 11-18-16

Elementary good listening

I am a big Holmes fan for several decades and this series had took me back in time.
I felt Mr. Hendrickson had recaptured Basil Rathbone persona and thoroughly enjoyed his reading.
As for the story, I felt that it wasn't as good as the first but still enjoyable.
The reason why was in the original writing, most people other than a few like Holmes, were witless and 'blind'. Holmes could be sarcastic which in the first book Watson finally addresses that behaviour and receives an apology (well for Holmes anyways).
Anyways, I'm ordering the 3rd book.

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Sherlock gets caught in an Icy situation

Holmes and Watson are back in St. Pauls at request of Railroad man Mr. Hill.. They fall right back in with their friendships they had made their first time to when hunting the Red Demon. In this mystery, Sherlock and Dr. Watson are amazed by St. Paul's magnificent Ice Palace. The Ice Palace is going to be the site of a wedding between two of St. Paul's prominent families.. When the groom comes up missing Holmes and Watson are quick to action. This was a case more complex than Holmes was expecting. Luckily they had the assistance of Shadwell Rafferty who was as brave as he was big. As the details of the case unfold more blood is shed and the boys from Baker Street learn they are not great at swimming in the ice.