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Earl Hamilton
• Friday, 11 December, 2020
• 10 min read

I started my Book Diet novels 2015 by reading four Shylockian anthologies during January, which is also the said Great Detective's birthday month, so I thought it only appropriates to finish this year with a Sherlock Holmes novel once more, and this time it's something written by writer Larry Millet. I started my Book Diet novels 2015 by reading four Shylockian anthologies during January, which is also the said Great Detective's birthday month, so I thought it only appropriates to finish this year with a Sherlock Holmes novel once more, and this time it's something written by writer Larry Millet.

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Contents

Millet's series, from what I can tell, are focused on Sherlock Holmes' travels and subsequent cases in America, and The Rune Stone Mystery. Once again chronicled in the first person by his constant and faithful friend Dr. John Watson, this story takes readers into Minnesota where a farmer uncovered what could possibly be a Viking rune stone that would prove that the Vikings themselves have arrived to America before Columbus.

Disguised under assumed names of London museum curators, Holmes and Watson traveled to the states, but before they could authenticate the rune stone, the farmer who discovered it had been brutally murdered and the said stone can't be found in his possession! And thus began a thorough police investigation (and Holmes' own deductive process on the side) where certain persons of interest have more to conceal than anticipated, and the key in solving this disturbing mystery might just lie in the late farmer's daughter, the fragile Moira “Moon” Dahlgren who may have a developmental disorder, and whose life is endangered because of her connection to her father's presumably hoax of a rune stone.

Holmes and Watson try to unravel this tangled web of conspiracies as good as they could, only to find more threads that don't make sense and even mislead. With a daring and riveting narrative that definitely captures Conan's own style, this novel also has enough memorable characters to keep readers very invested in the resolution of the case and the sideline conflicts of its characters, but of all of them, Millet also included a unique character of his creation named Shadwell Daugherty, an inquisitive and charismatic Irish saloon owner who knew is way around America, and has assisted Holmes in other cases featured in Millet's previous novels.

Daugherty is also a talented investigator, and his insights and warmer approach to things and people lend a more human touch to the art of deductive reasoning which even Holmes welcomes, seeing as Daugherty definitely assists than hinder. Another intense and curious character is the villains Mary Comstock whom Holmes even compared to Professor Moriarty which is both the highest and most perturbing compliment the great detective could ever assign to anyone.

She's essentially a female arch-enemy, a rare type of woman whom Holmes described succinctly, “has no need for men in her life but finds uses for them now and then”. She's portrayed to be wicked and without remorse, and her interest in the rune stone is a puzzling one, something that Holmes was determined to find out before she ends up a few more steps ahead of him in the game.

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I was also heavily invested in the child Moon's involvement since from the beginning I knew she had a critical role to play in the events later on. Anyone who would attempt to write a Comedian novel should make sure it's always engaging and thrilling, filled with characterizations that ring true from the source material.

It also has to branch out and include more details and depth to what was established by Doyle, always both mentally challenging and entertaining for readers like myself. Although at first I wasn't that intrigued with the rune stone case, the way the mystery unfolded and the players who are involved have acted or been disposed of had won me over eventually while midway through reading.

Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery had been captivating and earnest in its portrayal of the Great Detective and the loyal doctor, and the mystery and detection were satisfying during the process of the case, and as readers reach that unexpected conclusion, they would be pleased that they stuck around long enough to see it all the way through the end. In 1898 a Swedish American farmer claimed to have discovered a stone tablet tangled in the roots of a tree.

If true, this would mean that Viking explorers ventured far further into North America tin this story Holmes is called to Minnesota in 1899 to help investigate the mystery of the Kensington Rune stone. In 1898 a Swedish American farmer claimed to have discovered a stone tablet tangled in the roots of a tree.

Experts on both sides still debate whether the tablet is a hoax or real. In this book the author takes some liberties with the story of the discovery of the Rune stone, turning it into a murder mystery. The author also seems to delight in describing the flavors of rural Western Minnesota including the landscape, the cold and the taciturn Swedish demeanor of its residents.

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I enjoyed the descriptions on otherworldly flat landscape of the Red River valley, and the factoids about the heavy wall construction of grain bins designed to support the outward pressure of the grain which flows like a liquid. This was a fun book which should appeal to Sherlock Holmes fans and Western Minnesota natives alike.

King Oskar II of Sweden wishes to purchase the stone, but needs proof that it is as old as it claims to be. King Oskar II of Sweden wishes to purchase the stone, but needs proof that it is as old as it claims to be.

The writing style closely mimics that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, so in that aspect it is enjoyable. At times, it does feel as though the author really wants to focus on his own character, Daugherty, who is just as smart as Holmes.

But the odd thing is it sets a similar event right before the Kensington Rune Stone, which is referenced in the end. And based on this one alone I am inclined to eventually check out the others as well. The author is a journalist/freelance author/historian from Minnesota and as such the historical details ring true.

All too often we read Holmes pastiches where something is amiss as the author really isn't all that familiar with the localities or traditions at the time. And based on this one alone I am inclined to eventually check out the others as well. The author is a journalist/freelance author/historian from Minnesota and as such the historical details ring true.

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All too often we read Holmes pastiches where something is amiss as the author really isn't all that familiar with the localities or traditions at the time. In this novel, however, Millett doesn't waste much time in Baker Street but sends Holmes and Watson straight off to Minnesota to solve the mystery of a murder connected with the discovery of a rune stone that just may prove for definite that the Vikings arrived in America long before Columbus.

Part of the fascinating historical background is the fact that this is set among communities of Swedish/Norwegian settlers.... not an area of American history I was too aware of before. There are certain modernism in this book like Holmes partaking in a drinking game but those do eventually play a proper part in the investigation and ultimately don't appear out of place.

I had such a hard time rating this book because the story line was great however the writing was so dry. I’ll start by saying this is my first Sherlock Holmes book, I’ve never read any for the original series, so I don’t know if they are the same or not, but I was not a fan.

I could read about 1I had such a hard time rating this book because the story line was great however the writing was so dry. I’ll start by saying this is my first Sherlock Holmes book, I’ve never read any for the original series, so I don’t know if they are the same or not, but I was not a fan.

I was also not a fan of feeling like an outsider- by which I mean the characters would discover some part of the mystery, discuss it together and clearly state they figured something out and then not share with the reader. Millett has done a good job capturing the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle feel but throwing in some American flair.

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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. 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. Sherlock, Dr. Watson and my new favorite character Shadwell Daugherty all come together to distinguish whether a found rune stone is authentic.

Sherlock, Dr. Watson and my new favorite character Shadwell Daugherty all come together to distinguish whether a found rune stone is authentic. Another great entry in this series features Holmes and Watson once again visiting Minnesota, this time to investigate the authenticity of a supposed 14th-century rune stone found on a farm outside Alexandria.

Based on a real-life mystery, the story weaves murder and double-cross with turn-of-the-last century history and original characters, both allies and villains. The thing about the original books is even if I don’t care about the case a first I get pulled in and this just doesn’t do it for me.

To be fair, I've been reading these more because I like the characters Mr. Millett has invented rather than the mysteries Holmes and Watson solve. To be fair, I've been reading these more because I like the characters Mr. Millett has invented rather than the mysteries Holmes and Watson solve.

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The author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. Another important clue is overlooked entirely by the Holmes, Watson, and their American compatriot Shadwell Daugherty.

Overall, the suspense factor is minimal and the book is less entertaining spent the Thanksgiving weekend indulging in some light reading fare. Another important clue is overlooked entirely by the Holmes, Watson, and their American compatriot Shadwell Daugherty.

He has written two previous books in this series, but each case stands alone like in Doyle's stories. Holmes and Watson agree to help King Oskar 11 to authenticate a rune found in Minnesota.

Doubt is cast upon the probability of finding a rune in the exact center of North America 1000 miles from either ocean, but Holmes plots and schemes to just happened on this book in the library and had not heard of Larry Millett. He has written two previous books in this series, but each case stands alone like in Doyle's stories.

Holmes and Watson agree to help King Oskar 11 to authenticate a rune found in Minnesota. Recently we have had a number of books with actual people such as Abraham Lincoln being associated with vampires--also Jane Austen.

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I have read books by Laurie King with Sherlock Holmes supposedly married to a much younger woman. Recently we have had a number of books with actual people such as Abraham Lincoln being associated with vampires--also Jane Austen.

I have read books by Laurie King with Sherlock Holmes supposedly married to a much younger woman. This book is very interesting because by the unique sense of crime the mystery of the rune stone changes' bakery into something real.

As Holmes, Watson and their new friend Shadwell Daugherty joined the hunt through a scene of new adventure. As Holmes, Watson and their new friend Shadwell Daugherty joined the hunt through a scene of new adventure.

I couldn't stop reading this adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the conflicts being held within the rune stone. Larry Millett worked for three decades as a reporter, editor and architectural critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press before retiring in 2002.

He adds his take on Sherlock and Dr. Watson arriving in America to help the developing railroad and lumber barons in the region of Minnesota. Those of us who first read The Red Demon and The Ice Palace Murders are well-acquainted with Shadwell Daugherty, Mary Robinson Comstock, Joseph Pyle, and James J. Hill and greet them as known, fleshed-out characters. I don't really agree with reviewers who find this much less satisfying than the first two.

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Those of us who first read The Red Demon and The Ice Palace Murders are well-acquainted with Shadwell Daugherty, Mary Robinson Comstock, Joseph Pyle, and James J. Hill and greet them as known, fleshed-out characters. The author again uses a real historical event to blend in Holmes and a visit to Minnesota.

I didn't find the plot in this installment quite as engaging as the previous two, but Millett is still in top form in terms of authorial voice. I also admire his ability to set up the character Shadwell Daugherty to have his own book series when Millett runs out of gaps in the Doyle canon that he can fill with trips to Minnesota.

:)I didn't find the plot in this installment quite as engaging as the previous two, but Millett is still in top form in terms of authorial voice. I also admire his ability to set up the character Shadwell Daugherty to have his own book series when Millett runs out of gaps in the Doyle canon that he can fill with trips to Minnesota.

Written in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-style, this Sherlock Holmes American-mystery is full of intrigue and meticulous attention to detail. Millett has done yet another fabulous job of building the plot and developing the characters so that the reader is completely ensnared in the mystery, and he successfully surprises with his ending.

Not quite as good as the other Holmes book by Millett that I read, but an interest snippet of history on the early discoveries of Viking Rune stones.... Nonetheless, my hat's off to an author who has continued the Sherlock Holmes saga in reasonably good form! Not quite as good as the other Holmes book by Millett that I read, but an interest snippet of history on the early discoveries of Viking Rune stones....

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Nonetheless, my hat's off to an author who has continued the Sherlock Holmes saga in reasonably good form! And having lived in Minnesota for a short time, I enjoyed that it was set here and learned some things about the State in the process.

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