Synopses & Reviews
The year is 1896, and St. Pauls magnificent Winter Carnival is under way when Holmes and Watson are summoned by the citys most powerful man, railroad magnate James J. Hill. A wealthy young man disappears on the eve of his wedding—and his fiancée suspiciously discards her wedding dress. After a grisly discovery in the carnivals Ice Palace leads to a flurry of clues, Holmes is on the case. His pursuit of the murderer takes him through the highest echelons of St. Paul society and into cahoots with Shadwell Rafferty, a gregarious saloonkeeper and part-time private investigator. Soon Holmes, Watson, and Rafferty are embroiled in a perilous adventure that takes them from one frozen corner of the city to another and out onto the treacherous ice of the Mississippi River as they trail a cruel and ruthless killer.
"The real triumph here is Rafferty, who lights up each scene in which he appears, adding a distinctly American bounce to a solid, complex mystery distinguished by its vibrant portrayal of nineteenth-century St. Paul. Holmes fans may feel free to tip their deerstalkers." —Publishers Weekly
"Larry Millett comes close to perfection in re-creating two of literature’s most enduring characters. Read the adventure in a nostalgic glow." —Chicago Tribune
When one of St. Pauls wealthiest scions loses his head—literally—its up to Holmes and Watson to track a cold-blooded killer.
About the Author
Larry Millett was a reporter and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for thirty years. He is the author of fifteen books, including five other mystery novels in the series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, all forthcoming in new editions from the University of Minnesota Press.