Synopsis: It’s December 1896 in the booming capital city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Sherlock Holmes has returned to America to attend the wedding of Peter Smith, whom he’d befriended ten years earlier in the case of the County Courthouse Caper. Suddenly, there are complications. An overnight fire. A life’s work destroyed. And worse: A dead body. The only clues? A pair of boot prints. A mysterious fuel. A missing sword. Eventually, a member of Peter’s bridal party is implicated in arson—and murder. Now, Sherlock Holmes must race against time, and an overzealous police detective, to solve a mystery before the nuptials can proceed.
On the Cover: Firefighters and gawkers look on as a steam-powered pump atop a horse-drawn wagon sprays water onto the burned out Schutte Building at the southwest corner of East Seventh Street and Jackson in lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota, on the morning of December 19, 1896. Original photo by John H. Dickey, digitally enhanced by Randy Meyers, used with permission of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Review: The lowertown district of old St. Paul comes to life in this intriguing blend of fact and fiction. Readers will recognize many familiar names and places, and revel in discovering new ones, in author Jeff Falkingham’s delightful “history lesson disguised as a murder mystery.” This book is a companion piece to the author´s earlier work, Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper, though each work stands on its own. For further details, visit the author´s website at www.cccaper.com