Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance On the eve of President William McKinley s visit to Minneapolis in the body of a union activist is found strung from a tree outside a ruined mansion with a placard around his neck bearing the o

  • Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance
  • Author: Larry Millett
  • ISBN: 9780142001554
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the eve of President William McKinley s visit to Minneapolis in 1899, the body of a union activist is found strung from a tree outside a ruined mansion, with a placard around his neck bearing the ominous words the secret alliance has spoken Shadwell Rafferty, a local saloonkeeper with a passion for the detectin game, embarks on his first case and uncovers questOn the eve of President William McKinley s visit to Minneapolis in 1899, the body of a union activist is found strung from a tree outside a ruined mansion, with a placard around his neck bearing the ominous words the secret alliance has spoken Shadwell Rafferty, a local saloonkeeper with a passion for the detectin game, embarks on his first case and uncovers questions than answers As the puzzle deepens, Rafferty is joined, just in time, by his old friends Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson Filled with history, suspense, and vivid characters, this is a magnificent addition to Larry Millett s entertaining series of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

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    About “Larry Millett

    • Larry Millett

      Larry Millett has combined his interest in journalism, architectural history, and mystery fiction to create an unusual writing career A native of Minneapolis, he attended school there and then went on to obtain a bachelor s degrees in English from St John s University and a master s degree from the University of Chicago.He began working as a general assignment reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press in 1972 and became the newspaper s first architecture critic after a year of study on a fellowship to the University of Michigan.Larry s first book, The Curve of the Arch, appeared in 1985 Since then, he s written eleven other works of nonfiction, including Lost Twin Cities, which has been in continuous print for than twenty years Larry began writing mystery fiction in 1996 by bringing the world s most famous consulting detective to Minnesota for The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon He s published six other novels featuring Holmes, Dr Watson, and St Paul saloonkeeper Shadwell Rafferty Larry lives in St Paul s historic West Seventh Street neighborhood with his wife and occasional writing partner, Jodie Ahern, who is also an accomplished painter and a freelance copy editor.



    846 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance




    • Holy fucknuts, this was bad. How bad is it? It's so bad it makes me swear during a review.I don't recommend any of the Larry Millett Sherlock Holmes pastiches, where apparently Holmes had secret doings in the wild, wacky world of Minnesota. Because when you think Sherlock Holmes, you think Minnesota.And the book was just about as boring as a real trip to Minnesota.Unless you could take that trip in a time machine. Then that would be totally cool. Sherlock Holmes and you in prehistoric Minnesota [...]


    • It is a Murder Mystery, more of a story, not much description of violence by today's standards.I picked this for Book Club because it is an interesting tale, the author is capable, not annoying, and, mostly I really liked how he wove in descriptions of Minneapolis in the 1890's. Many, if not all, of the buildings where the action took place have been torn down or burned long ago. Mr. Millett discusses the history of Minneapolis in the days when the flour barons ruled. He paints a brave picture o [...]


    • I was surprised when I began reading this book. I didn't realize that it was a Rafferty mystery with Sherlock Holmes making a mere appearance. However, since I am delighted with Larry Millett's Irish creation, I was not tempted to put the book down and move onto the fourth book in the series. It was a good mystery, as I find it usually is, but I am always left wanting something more. Perhaps it is the fact that I'm never really on the edge of my seat with his stories in the same way that I have [...]


    • Years ago I picked up Millett's Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders off the library shelf, but had forgotten about it until this past June when we saw a Sherlock Holmes mystery at the Park Square Theater. Millett participated in a post-production talk with the play's actors. This Shadwell Rafferty mystery is a pretty good tale though I did figure out the identity of the anarchist woman toward the end. The appeal of this series is the personality of the Rafferty character and the Twin Citi [...]


    • I really enjoy reading this book because not only was Mr. Holmes there and very violent scenes, but Shadwell close to Holmes was also a detective and with the intense and develop plots the story flows from a boring, typical day to a hard and dangerous work of a killer loose on the city, of Minneapolis. As Holmes, Watson, and Shadwell goes on a dangerous undercover mission to save the president of the United States.


    • Another good read though this one didn't seem as "Sherlockien" as previous books in this series that I've read. Still a good murder mystery filled with lots of links to actual history. Maybe what made it more interesting to me was that I just visited the flour mill museum in Minneapolis this summer and since the book revolves around the history of that industry I knew more about the history there than I might have otherwise.


    • A different format than the typical novel with some play-like format as being reported in journal-form where the speakers are noted and what they say is just straight reported. More focused on Shadwell Rafferty's character with only a minor appearance by Holmes and Watson. Overall an excellent read, engrossing but with a slightly more apparent "mystery". The historical references are wonderfully woven throughout and thorough in their use.


    • This whole mystery series by Larry Millet is fun and intriguing. 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. I recommend reading them in the order they were published.


    • Well I found it at the vacation home my family and i were renting and we left before i could finish it. But so far I have found it pretty interesting. Although the title refers to Sherlock Holmes, it is not about him, but his friend, Rafferty. It is not a Sherlock Holmes book, but a finely crafted mystery with many twists and turns with different points of views.


    • I’ve read my fair share of Sherlock stories by non-Doyle authors, and I think Millett comes the closest to matching the original style. It’s well written, well researched, and a great deal of fun to read.


    • Very much liked the story and loved the notes on the history of the Twin Cities. Larry Millett obviously loves the Twin Cities and the history of milling and he's done a great job weaving it into this story.





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