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  • Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery

  • Sherlock Holmes & Shadwell, Book 1
  • By: Larry Millett
  • Narrated by: Steve Hendrickson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Summary

In the summer of 1994, a workman at the historic mansion of railroad baron James J. Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota, stumbles on a long-hidden wall safe. When experts arrive to open the safe and examine its contents, they make an astonishing discovery. There, inside, is a handwritten manuscript bearing the signature of John H. Watson, MD. The manuscript contains the story of how Sherlock Holmes and Watson traveled to Minnesota to track a murderous arsonist - known only as the Red Demon - who is threatening both Hill and his Great Northern Railway.

Set against the backdrop of the real, devastating Hinckley forest fire of 1894, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon is the tense and atmospheric first novel in Larry Millett's classic series of adventures that brought Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to Minnesota.

©1996 Lawrence Millett (P)2016 Audio-Visceral Productions

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  • 18-08-21

Sherlock Holmes is British literature not American

Americans reading Sherlock Holmes is an outrage, an atrocity, a crime I never want to hear again.
Which irresponsible maniac would let Americans get past “could we” and then which further unimaginable lunatic would have the ignorance to publish it and .... which ..enormously.... ignorant fool would purchase it and grade as good!!
Americans; get your dirty, illiterate, clumsy, slovenly large bungling hands off, you try and control everything in the world but this is a line you need to retract your size 15’s back over you’re mot having it! Sherlock Holmes is a British institution so away with you!
If you want a lesson in how to read and perform Sherlock Holmes then look no further than the esteemed captivating Derek Jacobi which is utter regal talent .
Don’t waste your time with this your ears will bleed then reject it

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One of the better pastiches

This is one of the better SH pastiches written in a similar style to the ACD originals. You’ll have to put up with some ‘pants’, ‘sidewalks’, ‘suspenders’ and a few other Americanisms that do grate a bit. The reader (obviously American) does quite a good job on Holmes and Watson and the many American characters with some, er, ‘interesting’ foreign accents thrown in. Definitely better than some of the other truly awful readers of the many other non ACD Holmes stories out there. Overall a good story with some memorable scenes and an authentic feel to it. I see there are 8 books in the series and I suspect that the credibiility of H & W making so many visits to Minisota will be stretched severely but I’ll certaining try a few of them.

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Lacking in authenticity

Overall a passable attempt at the Holmes genre. I'm all for jumping on a tried and tested band wagon and I was looking forward to diving into Conan Doyle's world again. I can't say whether this has been written for an American audience, or if the direction was to give it an American vibe. However, as a fan of the originals, there are just too many nuances out of place. Watson would never refer to legwear as 'pants', he would use 'trousers' etc. One would refer to a 'shopping list', not a 'grocery list' etc. Even the narrator, whilst effecting a Watson-esque English accent, uses American pronunciation for words like 'depot' and 'inquiry'. Too distracting and therefore not convincing enough.

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Good performance doesn’t hide a very weak story

Too many tropes are recycled in both action and narrative. Language can’t work out what it is. This story continues to create an alternative Watson that so far from Conan Doyle’s as to become some sort of circus clown.

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Enjoyable but flawed

Good but not great.

Good story, skillfully constructed, well paced , but the attempt at emulating Watson's style just misses.

Some Americanisms should have been picked up by the editor. The whole thing has a bit of a mid-Atlantic flavour.

An anachronism or two also detract slightly.

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Disappointing

Language, plot and narration too Americanised. A very poor attempt which has many characteristics which would have Conan Doyle turning in his grave!

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gripping

i was hard to stop listening to story very gripping and overwhelming story, Awesome.

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Very enjoyable

Forgetting that it's not written by Conan Doyle, this was a good Sherlock story.
Will be listening to more by this author.

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Sherlock Holmes with American accent

I don't know about the story. I couldn't manage to listen to the voice and pronounced American accent - this is so wrong.

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Narration vastly improves at chapter 2!

I nearly gave up a few minutes in, but I’m glad I persevered. The first chapter introduces how this supposedly original John Watson text was discovered. Unfortunately the narrator’s delivery of this is unbearable. Then we reach the bulk of the text & the narration changes completely (was it an entirely different narrator?) as it’s taken into the hands of “John Watson”. From here the narrator gives a good performance & brings each of the characters to life well with only a few (very minor) exceptions.

The story itself is largely in keeping with the style of Conan Doyle. It’s clearly written by a Holmes devotee & pays homage to the originals. Purists may disagree with this assessment, but perhaps purists would be better served avoiding such texts. Myself, I’ve read & enjoyed all of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock material repeatedly & enjoyed this story too. It’s a good yarn.

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  • Ctd
  • 07-09-20

Excellent

This entry to the Sherlock Holmes literature was far above average. The crime and the detecting were the focus of the story, which I appreciated. Plus it generally had a similar feel to the Doyle books. I read this book in just over 24 hours. I will be reading the next one in the series!

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  • Dave O'Brien
  • 11-04-17

I have been waiting for this to come to audible .

It's a great story with a lot of historical accuracy . I wish that they had included the footnotes as an appendix because the original books have a great deal of Minnesota history identified in them in such a manner that did not interfere with the story but was available afterwards . That being said is still a wonderful entertaining story I highly recommend it

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  • Bill
  • 18-01-21

five or 1 star? misogyny

the story was engaging, but I wished I had known the author's extreme bias against women so I could have left this unread. I regrettably thought he was hinting at correcting the bias - certainly could have easily been done. instead the author simply deepens it and worsens it in the conclusion. positively ugly in my opinion: obviously has no ears or heart to understand half the world's human population. the story IS clever and engaging; however there are plenty of those out there without having to rewrite a huge part because of the author's willful ignorance. Certainly there are people of all types, even women I have known who share such views, but they are generalized dismissive insulting and I find the distraction this type of book provides does not make up one bit for the harm caused by burying this kind of hate filled position as a side note so that the ignorant reader finds misogyny normalized once again. I do not say censor, but it would be nice to be warned: Misogynistic Author normalizes foolish notions of superiority as conclusion. Maybe, he is trying to be ironic and simply failed horribly? If so, get feedback.

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  • Adrienne Lirio
  • 27-02-17

Exciting and enticing!

What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery?

Sherlock and Watson in America brings a new point of view and the introduction of several wonderful new characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon: A Minnesota Mystery?

The scene where Sherlock is nearly lost to the raging fire at the site of one of his rare failures.

What does Steve Hendrickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes the story come alive so that you can almost feel what the characters are experiencing.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great beginning to a fabulous series of American adventures for Holmes and Watson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-21

Could be better

I have read other modern additions to the Holmes saga that have been amazing, this is not one of them. While the story is good the lack of study in the linguistic patterns of Holmes and Watson is apparent. While the story takes place in America and the colloquial terms will, of course, be different I found them to be as inaccurate as the rest. If you are a Holmes fan this is one that can be easily skipped.

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  • Jerry
  • 03-09-20

Voices are hard to distinguish between characters

I have two minor annoyances with this book: one with the story and one with the performance. My problem with the book is that Watson is rather sniveling and whiny. My complaint with the performance is that it’s very hard to distinguish between the characters because the voices used by the narrator are very similar, especially between Holmes and Watson. Other than those issues I found the story entertaining and I do recommend it for those who have previously read the original stories.

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  • Michael
  • 28-10-20

Don’t Bother

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and the writing of Arthur Conan Doyle this take off will only disappoint. The author simply appropriates the popular characters of Holmes and Watson to sell a feeble, long winded tale. The author misuses words and incorporates modern terms and ideas into what is purportedly a Victorian Era story. Throughout he displays his ignorance and laziness to correctly depict 19th century America.

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  • PraiseJesus
  • 21-01-21

Too much slurring

I just could not get into it because of the narrator and perceived slurring

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  • Bond James Bond
  • 01-01-21

it's ok

It's, as the title says, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, but set in Minnesota. It's about the same quality as the Holmes mysteries I remember from long ago, altho a different writer. The story is decent but not great. Holmes deducing and showing off gets old.

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  • G. Munson
  • 31-10-20

First Audible Book, Couldn't Put It Down

This was the first audible book I listened to from cover to cover and it was thrilling, thought-provoking, and at times I even laughed out loud. The narration was spot on and really made the story come alive. can't wait to read all the rest of the Sherlock Holmes books from this author and narrator. I doubt I will be disappointed.

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