Star Tribune: She's tough, that Addie Strongwood

FICTION: In Larry Millett’s seventh Sherlock Holmes mystery, a working girl goes on trial in the murder of her wealthy lover.

Millett_Strongwood coverLike many Minnesotans, I first came across Larry Millett’s writing during his stint as a St. Paul newspaperman and as an architectural historian. His chronicle of Louis Sullivan’s jewel-box bank in Owatonna, Minn., “The Curve of the Arch,” and his tragic look at treasures felled by the wrecking ball, “Lost Twin Cities,” are worthwhile mainstays on any shelf or coffee table.

And it is with an architect’s eye that Millett has crafted his seventh Sherlock Holmes mystery, “Strongwood.” Dubbed a “crime dossier,” Millett uses fictional newspaper accounts, trial transcripts and entries from a defense attorney’s journal to take the reader back 110 years to a Minneapolis courtroom packed with drama.

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Published in: Star Tribune
By: Curt Brown