• Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery

  • The Minnesota Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Larry Millett
  • Narrated by: Steve Hendrickson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)
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Publisher's 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.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery to be better than the print version?

Haven't had the pleasure to read the Kindle or Print version. There are a lot of locales, names that may be more discernable in those formats. Thus the title for my review. lol!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Holmes and Watson, but the whirling cast of locals are a hoot!!!

What about Steve Hendrickson’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed the performance by Steve Hendrickson. I laughed out loud of his portrayal of character named Larson. I waited for him to utter something along the lines "Well, Pilgrim".

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh. The situations peculiar to the region are realistic. The historic and geographic references, walk on parts of famous people relevant to the time frame were fun for this listener!

Any additional comments?

Uff-Da! I enjoy this series! YaBetcha, dontcha know? Skol!! A strong four lutefisk rating...So Head Up North when the thermometer rises!!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to review it!

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.

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Holmes and Rafferty together again

this series is pretty cool so far, listened to the first 3 books so far. the recurring Rafferty character is a nice addition.

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Good!

I liked this installment in the series. It moved a bit faster than the others in my opinion. Also I liked that the storyline was a bit less gritty.

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Best in series!

I think this was the best in the series so far. When I started it I wonder how poor Sherlock would fare. He suffer much abuse in the previous books. He came out relatively unscathed and the mystery was made most charming with the addition of Rafferty. It was a very good story and was a pleasure to listen to. The narration is wonderful.

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Stone Cold Crazy

This is the 3rd in the Sherlock in Minnesota series.  I have read (listened) to all 3.  Millett has done a good job capturing the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle feel but throwing in some American flair.  

Sherlock and John are called back to the great northern state of Minnesota when a representative of the King of Sweden stops in to ask for help with a Rune Stone.  Once arriving they jump right into a murder scene.  Lucky for them Shadwell Rafferty is back to help the m in one of the hardest cases of their careers.  Sherlock is sure the Rune Stone is a fake, but being as everyone who seems to know where the stone is kept turning up dead and they have a tough time tracking it down.  

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boring storyline

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Honestly, i have never read any Sherlock Holmes books before and i thought I would give it a try. I quickly realized that this type of book just isn't for me. I didn't make it through the whole thing. I listened for about an hour and couldn't seem to focus on the story. It was quite boring to me. I did very much enjoy the narrator. The voices and accents he used were great. The story just started out way to slow for me and I couldn't get past that.

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Another great one!

Millett really does weave fantastic tales for our favorite detective. The Narration by Steve Hendrickson forces me to believe his voice and acting talents should be on display far and wide. He makes me want to listen instead of read the books myself. Well done! I cannot wait for the next!

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Rune Stone Mystety

Larry Millett has done it again. The Rune Stone Mystery is other exciting story by Millett in true Sherlock Holmes fashion

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Larry Millet Sherlock Holmes books (no canonical)

The Miller series of Holmes and Watson are the best that I have read of the "noncanonical" nature. The characters, including Rafferty, as a friendly collaborator and "competitor" with Holmes, as well as the story lines stay true to Conan Doyle. The narrator is perfectly in character and dialects.

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True to Style, but Thought the Plot was Slow For a Book Length Story

Relative good original Doyle style, though not as MacBird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Mostly, well fleshed out and interesting characters who are the high point of the book and the primary ringer to keep you reading to the end. Plot is not that great, which is common in the original short stories, but is a noticeable downside of a novel length story.

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  • 05-22-22

Sherlock Holmes was not a bully

The accents were awful and the story a bit over done and the hero bullied people I don’t remember the Original version of the character ever bullying people further down the pecking order but in this book he did. So for me the character didn’t resemble the original. The story was ok if a bit longwinded and the accents iffy.

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  • N. Dyne
  • 05-09-22

the series is a well crafted copy

apart from some American language that would never be used by Watson in a narrative, this series of books are very good imitations and a very satisfactory homage to Conan Doyle. The constructions are excellent, atmospheric and resonant of H and W. the narrator does an excellent job except for the inconsistent phrasing of some characters' names and their accents. Shadwell can be a Rafftey more often than a Rafferty and once a Rattery. I've enjoyed them much more than I had expected. 👍.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-22

The rune stone .

loved every second , the audible descriptions were amazing. It almost felt that I was part of the adventure from start to finish.

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  • Jason G Cody
  • 04-10-22

excellent

another great continuation of the Sherlock Holmes story well worth the listen. Great performance