Local author and architectural historian Larry Millett has authored a dozen award-winning books on architecture and history. Millett’s popular Lost Twin Cities is the primary source for two documentaries on tpt of the same name and was honored with the American Institute of Architects International Book Award. He is also the author of the acclaimed Twin Cities Then and Now as well as several of American Institute of Architects (AIA) guides. In addition to his nonfiction books, Millett has written six mystery novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and saloonkeeper and part-time detective Shadwell Rafferty. His latest in the series is The Magic Bullet .
"Larry Millett has found more ghosts. In Once There Were Castles, the historian and author of Lost Twin Cities digs up images and stories that paint a picture of 90 long-gone buildings. The photographs of their unabashed luxury are stunning; the stories of their demise, laden with hubris, are irresistible." —Minnesota Monthly
"With page after page of weathered photographs and captivating stories, Millett winds his way through tales of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s lost castles. Whether you’ve got a Gilded Age fantasy or just an appreciation for architecture, this book deserves a spot on your coffee table." —Midwest Home
Larry Millett’s pen remains as sharp as a bullet. The Magic Bullet is sure to introduce the classic locked-room mystery to a whole new generation of mystery lovers. And what a mystery! I found the story’s twists and turns through the streets of my old hometown both dazzling and maddening at the same time. — Steve Thayer, author of The Weatherman and Saint Mudd
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