I have often read books and thought "I could have done that!" But when Laurie King is righting I put my pen down and listen. She is a master storyteller with an intelligence and depth found on few other's pages.My only regret after reading this book is that it is the last of the Mary Russell saga availble on Audiobooks. Oh how I would love to hear more.
King brings back two characters (Ali and Mahmud) from an earlier book. Instead of being set in Palestine it is set in the Berkshires of England. Lots of plots twists and turns. Great book.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
A good listen, and very important that you read the book O, Jerusalem first to enjoy this tale. But if you proceed to this book right after O Jerusalem, it will be like the second part, and you will really like the depth of character. A strong plus for this book is the imagery of Justice Hall. At first, perhaps we don't think we need all the description, but it appears to have meaning and purpose as the final chapter unfolds. I recommend this book for fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.
No, the plot moved along slowly and had moments of faster pacing. Not the top of the series, but certainly among the memorable ones.
The main antagonist has a very tiny part in this story and we do not meet him/her until quite a ways into it. Perhaps this is good if you don't want to know ahead of time or if you like to be surprised.
I listen to books in the car to and from work and while on long and short trips. Therefore, audio books must keep my attention while not being distracting. This was my first listen to a book by Mary King. For me, Ms. King belabors setting the scene to the detriment of laying the mystery. It was distracting. I found myself, more than once, saying, “Get on with it.” Once she got to the mystery, and it took an extremely long time, she had me. Yes, it was a little farfetched that two English gentry could pass themselves off as Bedouin natives. I did long for the Sherlock Holmes I had come to love. When I finally understood that the story was about Mary Russell and that Holmes was interesting adjunct and dimension, it was delightful. Mary King is a good writer who should concentrate on delivering more twists and turns right to the end. However, as a listen goes, this was a pleasant one. I will try another of her books.
Narrated by an Englishwoman and in old Sherlock Holmes style. Borrrring! I gave up after 2 hrs because I figured if I couldn't get into the story by then it was a lost cause. Run from Justice Hall!
As well as being slow, it stretches the reader's credibility to the breaking point. Would two upperclass Englishmen really be able to pass themselves off as fierce Bedouin warriors? And would the two people who spent a good bit of time with them while they were in their nomadic roles fail to recognize them in their other, upper crust, incarnation once they are back in England?
Not believing one of the cornerstones of the plot makes the rest of the story weak, to say the least. Avoid this one, go find a REAL Sherlock Holmes mystery.
I always liked the stories of Holmes;but, I found this one lacking. The last 1/3rd of the book was great. The first 2/3rds wasted a lot of time going over what people wore, what Justice Hall looked liked, etc, etc. I don't need to know what kind of marble the atrium was made of and Russell not having proper attire for the country, etc. I know with an unabridged book, I should expect some lengthy yada-yada;but, this was alittle much.