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Publisher's Summary

As the city of Minneapolis prepares for a visit from President William McKinley, someone else prepares for murder. On the day before the visit, a union activist is found hanged, naked, outside a ruined mansion. A placard around his neck reads "THE SECRET ALLIANCE HAS SPOKEN." Who is the alliance? What does it want? How was the victim involved with the city's corrupt mayor? And why did he possess a photograph of a prominent citizen in a compromising position? Shadwell Rafferty searches for answers, encountering bribery, corruption, union organizers, anarchists, and conspiracy, putting himself in danger. But as luck would have it, his old friends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are on their way.

In this fourth installment of Larry Millett's Minnesota Mystery series, Shadwell Rafferty commands center stage in a brand-new city. Packed with Millett's signature historical and architectural detail, this book is deviously delightful.

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Best Plot, Least Holmes of First 4 in Minn. Series

So far I'm listened to the first 4 books in the Holmes-in-Minnesota series. This is the best plot of the 4, but Holmes/Watson barely play a role. So, if you've listened to books 2 and 3 and enjoy Rafferty, you'll like this book very much. If you prefer a more "pure" Holmes book then take a pass on this one.

Characters are very good. Story good. Plot twists good. Ending is rather abrupt...you're left to the postscript to find out how many of the loose ends get tied up, mostly thru a convenient letter. Essentially, it's the author saying he didn't know how to tie together all the storylines so here's a bullet-point list. Don't mean this to be overly critical...the book is very enjoyable.

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Wow

This is an impressive story. It has so many different threads, and they all weave together in a way that is elegant and even believable. You will be guessing until the end on the true nature of the crimes and the persons and situations that Rafferty and Holmes come across. This was the best Millett story to date in my opinion as far as cadence and content. Filled to the brim with detail. Pretty amazing.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance

Another enjoyable Sherlock Holmes mystery solved. I love that previous characters arrive and are helpful. I enjoyed this book. I recommend it!

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you can't rate lower or I would

Any supposed Sherlock Holmes story written by this author is terrible. They are forced. They lack in content. I have listened to over two months worth of audio books on audible alone in the last year and this is one of the worst. It is not a s h story it is a mystery he happens to be in and does nothing to help. This is an attempt by a sub par author to use someone else's character to sell books and on top of everything else he is ramming the homosexual agenda at you again.

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Like nails on a chalkboard

The unmitigated change in tone from first person narrative, in past novels, to third person narrative, in this iteration, is a misguided and regrettable one. The pretense that we are hearing Watson share raw data straight from one of his beloved manuscripts makes for a style of storytelling which grows tiresome and amateurish… and very annoying… VERY FAST. OK OK so you tried something different, Mr. Millet. Well, it failed. Move on. PLEASE!!!! I can only hope that your novels to come will not be similarly ruined. Or shall I say: “ED hopes that LM will go back to writing prose in a style more worthy of the profession.”

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Still pretty good

Not as good as the first three. Telling the story from three different perspectives ruined the mystery aspects and detective guesswork for me a bit but still a good read overall.

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Is this really a Sherlock Holmes story? No.

This story is very much focused on Shadwell Rafferty with Holmes and Watson in bit parts only. As part of this approach we get Watson’s notes read out with references to H., W., and SF, etc. It doesn’t read like a Sherlock Holmes novel and the references to initials is irritating and a distraction at best. In addition, the story was more predictable than the earlier novels. This book is very disappointing, the earlier novels in this series were far superior.

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Sherlock Holmes?

Holmes and Watson barely enter the story until chapter 13. Should be called “a Shadwell Rafferty mystery” with Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Pretty good story but expecting a Holmes story - then getting a story that he just plays a minor role , was a bit disappointing.

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Breakout Story for Rafferty

I’m glad to see that Larry Millett has taken his own character and he is moving him into a separate and independent role. Holmes and Watson appear as supports to both Rafferty and the story but it is clear that the intent is to set Rafferty on his own and I look forward to it. The story is well written and the performance is equally good.

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Larry Millett is a great Holmes storyteller

This author has done a fantastic job to relay the story of Sherlock Holmes in America. I've LOVED every one of his books. The narrator is great. I was able to easily identify each of the characters based on the reader.