5 stars.Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes - Author Laurie R.King is one of my favorites!!
Another excellent book by Laurie King! It explains quite a lot about the person that is Mary Russell and shows more depth of her husband, Sherlock Holmes. These books just keep getting better with each one. This is a definate must read series for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
This was a good mystery set in post-earthquake San Francisco in the 1920s. I liked the alternating viewpoints between Holmes and Russell as well as the interactions between Holmes and Dashiell Hammett.
This book is part of THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE series. Fantastic for Sherlock Holmes fans. Holmes is now married to Mary Russell, who either did or did not endure the horrors of the great San Francisco fire which destroyed the city---Russell has some memory problems and can't quite remember, but SOMEONE does remember what happened, and that someone wants her most thoroughly dead!
Very nicely written, a good yarn.
In the eighth novel, set in San Francisco in 1924, Russell undertakes a far more personal investigation. Since she began her journey back to her hometownostensibly to deal with her father's estateRussell has been tormented by strange dreams, one of which involves the "locked rooms" of the title, and the sight of her San Francisco childhood home opens a flood of memories and emotions, most of which she's loathe to allow into her mind. When someone takes a shot at her, Holmes enlists the help of Pinkerton agent Dashiell Hammett and Russell tries to unlock her past, in particular the "accident" that killed her family and left her an orphan in 1914. King's re-creation of San Francisco, especially the backstory during the devastating 1906 earthquake, is superb, and it's a pleasure to see the unusually competent Russell struggling with her own psyche.
On the way back from India (The Game), Russell and Holmes stop in San Francisco so that Russell can do some work on settling her parent's estate. While they are there, not only does the business become concluded, but some other issues are too. It is a good book, but I would say it is not my favorite of the series.
This is a great book for readers interested in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The author obviously drew on her grandparents' experiences, and has captured the PTSD that many survivors suffered from. In addition, the book deals with how greed can destroy people, and how sociopathic killers target victims. Sherlock Holmes is in the story, but he and wife Mary are merely tools in the hands of the writer.
Fantastic, any lover of Sherlock Holmes will dig this one. I am an old fan and have the complete edition (from 221B Baker St in London) of Sherlock Holmes, and I can testify that this is a great read. Lot's of mystery (of course) plus written from the perspective of two characters, The Wife?????? and Sherlock's unique viewpoint, always right on target! the author did a wonderful job with a difficult idea. Bring Sherlock to life in our time and make it believable when you are not Sir Author Konan Dole. I want to know who has any of her other books with these characters in them, let me know, I'll order instantly!!!!! I LOVE IT! Rebecca (diamondpoet)
The latest in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. A super series if you like classic mysteries with great characters and inventive plots.
Highly recommended and hot off the presses.
It was a good read overall; fleshed out Russell's background and tried to stay true to Holmes' character. It bogged down into overwhelming detail in places, and when you found out the answer to the secret in Russell's childhood, it didn't measure up to the build-up throughout the book
I have read all of King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books and enjoyed them very much. This is the latest one and one of the best, I think.
Another great mystery for Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell. This time in San Francisco.
The Very Best yet.. Mary Russell is always enchanting and Sherlock more human than ever.
This was a good book. Not the best in the series but glad to continue following Mary Russell's and Holmes' relationship while they solve another mystery. This one was personal to Russell!
Like all of the books in this series, this is imaginative and gripping. King develops her characters more richly through exploring Mary's history and resolves a difficult period in her past. One of my favorite in the series (second only to The Game).
This is the most recent (at this writing) of the wonderful Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes stories. I love this series, which just keeps getting better. In this one, we discover some long-repressed memories of Mary's childhood in the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. An excellent story.
Loved it! I love this series in general, with it's often far-flung locales. But this time the setting was almost right at home, in San Francisco, and I still found it riveting. I hated to read that last page! I'd strongly recommend this series, I may even go back and read some "real" Sherlock Holmes!
Fiction can not possibly get better than this. Mary Russell just happens to be married to Sherlock Holmes and en route to bustling San Francusco to settle her family's estate. But as they get closer to port, Mary falls prey to utroubling dreams and irrational behavior. In 1906 when Mary was six, the city was devastated by an earthquake. For years, Mary has insisted she lived elsewhere at the time. But Holmes knows better. It's clear that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn't forgotten her. A series of mysterious deaths leads Russell and Holmes from the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent's marriage and the tragic accident that Mary alone survived. What Russell dscovers is that even a forgotten past never dies ... and it can kill again."
I was very much surprised how much I enjoyed this story! Great insight into the personalities of Holmes and his wife, Russel! Am seeking out more!