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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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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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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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Not good at all

Organized crime circa 1899. Irish mobsters as terrible then as they are today. Millett and Hendrickson equally bad.

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search youtube first

would have been better suited watching a YouTube.

this nearly could have been an email.

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Great read

It was a fast-paced, multi-charactered story. Expertly read, nice tension between many characters and situations. Gripping and full of adventure.
Despite its time period, much content was relative to today.

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this shouldn't be a Sherlock Holmes story

holmes Is maybe in this story for a grand total of 30 minutes. And the reference to notes by Dr Watson is annoying after quite some time.

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decent story but strung on too long

Could've condensed/edited 2 hours out of story and not missed anything....I hope this isn't a trend for future books...

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Bit of a misnomer

The overall story decent, and the narrator is good. My issue is that it's a bit generous to call this a "Sherlock Holmes" story. Holmes and Watson are more side characters, leaving Mr. Rafferty to take center stage. It takes a while to for Holmes and Watson to even appear in the story at all. If your desire is for a story that centers on Holmes and Watson, you may want to pass over this one. If you simply want a decent mystery told competently, you may want to give this a try.