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Publisher's Summary

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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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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solid

solid story, great characters and greater narrator. 2nd book in series, enjoyed both. check it out.

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amusing

An amusing "Holmesian" style novel, with classic last minute reveals. Not deep literature but entertaining.

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Great book!!

I love Sherlock Holmes and these stories are great. They make you think you are experiencing everything the characters are.

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why make watson a boob

this story, more so than the first makes Watson to be such a boob as to make the story painful to listen.

the detective story overall is fine and I finished the story, but not anywhere near as satisfied as could have been possible

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Good Holmes Story & Intro of Great New Character

Good, exciting story. Even though oddly placed in Minnesota, pretty true to the Holmes genre. This book introduces a new character, a sort of poor-man's Holmes who joins Sherlock and Watson on the adventure. I like the historical placement of the book - descriptions of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis.

Narrator for the series is very good. Struggles with some of the peripheral voices but nails Sherlock, Holmes, and the new guy Rafferty.

A very enjoyable listen!

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Good, Gritty

This was a good story. Thorough and crime/detection-focused, which I appreciate. I found the book a bit long (some of the foreshadowing and drawing out of the mystery could be removed) and I also found the subject matter to be quite gritty. The original Sherlock Holmes books also deal with serious matters but in a higher level fashion somehow. The reader does a good job, however I find his Sherlock Holmes more smug and patronizing than the Conan Doyle version.

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Ice Palace Murders

Excellent and very interesting story. Holmes and Watson work well with Shag. Keep them coming Larry Millett.

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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.