Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery

Sherlock Holmes & Shadwell, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve Hendrickson
Series: The Minnesota Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, MD. 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.

©1996 Lawrence Millett (P)2016 Audio-Visceral Productions

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I have been waiting for this to come to audible .

It's a great story with a lot of historical accuracy . I wish that they had included the footnotes as an appendix because the original books have a great deal of Minnesota history identified in them in such a manner that did not interfere with the story but was available afterwards . That being said is still a wonderful entertaining story I highly recommend it

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Exciting and enticing!

What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery?

Sherlock and Watson in America brings a new point of view and the introduction of several wonderful new characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery?

The scene where Sherlock is nearly lost to the raging fire at the site of one of his rare failures.

What does Steve Hendrickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes the story come alive so that you can almost feel what the characters are experiencing.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great beginning to a fabulous series of American adventures for Holmes and Watson.

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Excellent

This entry to the Sherlock Holmes literature was far above average. The crime and the detecting were the focus of the story, which I appreciated. Plus it generally had a similar feel to the Doyle books. I read this book in just over 24 hours. I will be reading the next one in the series!

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Enjoyable, tho not quite as satisfying as Doyle

This is obviously a very well researched, and well-thought-out novel. The story feels quite historical in it's content and context. Worth the time to listen to. Yet, the voice is not quite that of Watson, though I struggle to say why; it just feels strained and artificial at times. Nonetheless, it is a fine addition to the growing body of "newly discovered" Holmsian tales by good Twenty-first century writers.

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ACD would have approved 👍🏻

I have tried to listen to multiple “further” adventures of Holmes but most are subpar and I lose interest. The Red Demon stayed true to original characters, fast paced, well written unable to guess the culprit until moments before reveal, very well done!

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Sherlock & Watson Meet the Spirit of America

I thoroughly enjoyed how this story wove together details of American history through the eyes of the inscrutable Sherlock Holmes and the heart of our gentleman Dr. Watson.

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The Best

I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes fiction. This book was one of the most involved and well thought out stories I have listened to since starting on my Sherlock Holmes adventures 2 years ago. I just went and downloaded all of the other Larry Miller Holmes books in hopes they are just good. The narration was great too!!

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Great story set in Minnesota!

Great story to listen to while traveling through Minnesota! Eager to hear the book I’ve Palaces.

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great Sherlockian tale

I like to read Sherlock Holmes stories from other authors to see how they hold up against Sir Arthur Conan Doyle... And although this novel doesn't have quite the vocabulary down pat, it is still a very good story and one that you could theoretically see Sherlock Holmes being involved in... All in all I give it five stars it's definitely a great holmesian story

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Voices are hard to distinguish between characters

I have two minor annoyances with this book: one with the story and one with the performance. My problem with the book is that Watson is rather sniveling and whiny. My complaint with the performance is that it’s very hard to distinguish between the characters because the voices used by the narrator are very similar, especially between Holmes and Watson. Other than those issues I found the story entertaining and I do recommend it for those who have previously read the original stories.

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  • Derek S.
  • 05-30-18

One of the better pastiches

This is one of the better SH pastiches written in a similar style to the ACD originals. You’ll have to put up with some ‘pants’, ‘sidewalks’, ‘suspenders’ and a few other Americanisms that do grate a bit. The reader (obviously American) does quite a good job on Holmes and Watson and the many American characters with some, er, ‘interesting’ foreign accents thrown in. Definitely better than some of the other truly awful readers of the many other non ACD Holmes stories out there. Overall a good story with some memorable scenes and an authentic feel to it. I see there are 8 books in the series and I suspect that the credibiility of H & W making so many visits to Minisota will be stretched severely but I’ll certaining try a few of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

A solid start to an excellent series

I have been used the enforced lockdown period to build up my Audible collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiche novels. There are a lot to choose from and i was eventually drawn to this one out of curiosity for the setting. The 'Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota' series is fantastic overall and reached some pretty high heights but this is merely a good book, rather than a great one. First then the positives The setting and characters are interesting, and the reason for Holmes agreeing to come to Minnesota plausible and handled well. There are lots of twists and turns and it is fascinating to see Holmes and Watson so far from their natural habitat of smoky London. Watching them adapt whilst trying to solve the mystery of the Red Demon is a big part of the pleasure of the story, I've read other pastiches where they leave the UK and Watson adapts quickly and Holmes struggles but here Holmes is the one who takes it all in his stride.The story moves at a good clip and there is a growing sense of dread which fits the setting well. I do have a couple of small critiques though. Firstly using a real historical event i feel does tie the authors hands a lot, Holmes is engaged to stop a real, historical fire, so you can guess how well that pans out for him. Luckily the author learns from this and the future stories whilst still drawing from historical events are much looser and thus offer more scope for authorial invention. Secondly, whilst Holmes comes off brilliantly Watson veers close to the buffoonish portrayal he has occasionally been saddled with. This is a former army doctor who has seen the world and all it has to offer, but in this story Watson is often presented as the naif Englishman abroad. There is a rather poor scene in the middle where Watson has to fend off the advances of two young women and his reaction is poor from a man who has 'an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents'. Finally the audio narration takes a bit of getting used to. Mr Hendricksen has a good range of american accents and does Holmes rather well but his Watson is, well strange, he does an English accent but the pronunciation is very american, took me out of the story at times. For example he pronounces the word details as detAILS, in the american way rather than DEtails in the British way that Watson would use. I am not sure if it gets better in later books or i just got used to it as i found as i have worked through the series that i have come to find it okay. It helps that later books have more third-person narration, allowing Mr Hendrickson to use his native voice, rather than having Watson narrate the whole thing. Overall then if you like Holmesian pastiche this is is worth checking out. The best of the series comes later when Shadwell Rafferty is introduced in the next book, an excellent recurring character who has real chemistry with Holmes and Watson. It is not essential to start here, you could go straight to book two without missing too much but i think there is more than enough in this one to make it worth investigating.