The Last Stone

The Last Stone Review

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, disappeared during a trip to a
shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. Three days later, eighteen-year-old Lloyd Welch visited the Montgomery County Police with a tip: he had seen the Lyons girls at the mall that day and had watched them climb into a strange man’s car. Welch’s tip led nowhere, and the police dismissed him as a troublemaking teen wasting their time. As the weeks passed and the police’s massive search for the girls came up empty, grief, shock, and horror spread out from the Lyons family to overtake the entire region. The trail went cold, the investigation was shelved, and hope for justice waned.

Then, in 2013, a detective on the department’s cold case squad reopened the Lyons files and soon discovered that the officers had missed something big about Lloyd Welch in 1975. That same week, a young girl who had seen the Lyons sisters at the mall described a man who had been following her throughout the day. An artist had even produced a sketch: It looked remarkably like Lloyd.

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  • marilyn

    In 1974, I was 18 years old, living at home with my parents, in Fort Worth, Texas, when three teenage girls disappeared from a mall in that city. Those girls have never been found. Then on March 29, 1...

  • Kemper

    Even though I’m a huge fan of mystery/crime fiction I’ve long known that I never could have been a cop. One of the main reasons is that if I were faced with a suspect I knew was lying to me that I...

  • Emma

    3.5 stars It’s 1975 and two sisters aged 10 and 12 go missing from a mall never to be seen or heard from again. A teenage boy comes to the police with a story: he’d seen them get into a car with a...

  • Valerity (Val)

    This book is a true crime story about the disappearance of two sisters from a Wheaton, Maryland mall way back in March of 1975. Katherine and Sheila Lyons, 10 and 12 were seen with a man and then vani...

  • Theresa Alan

    This work of nonfiction makes some types of police work look particularly arduous and frustrating, because just reading this was slow moving and repetitive. In 1975, two sisters, Katherine and Sheila ...

  • Lou

    This book touts itself as "a masterpiece of criminal interrogation," and boy is this right on the money. The police investigators featured are truly dedicated to their job, however, it's the cold case...

  • Dawn Michelle

    Nonfiction is really my jam. I enjoy learning about things I don't know and learning why people do the things they do. True Crime is a relatively new addition to the nonfiction love [I read "Helter Sk...

  • Dave

    Most true crime books take the reader through the background of the perpetrator and the victims, tracing their lives to that fateful day that changed some lives forever. The Last Stone starts from a f...

  • Murray

    In 1975, when the Lyon sisters were abducted from Wheaton Plaza in Montgomery County, Maryland, I lived about 40 miles north in Baltimore. I was a year older than Sheila Lyon, the older sister, as the...

  • Jeanette

    I'm quite conflicted in how to rate this book. It's a full 2.5 stars for what the nuance of a liar, sociopath, life long user of other humans, schmoozer and despicable example of homo sapiens- his cog...