Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
The diary of the young soldier and his descriptions of the devastation and deprivation of the Great War.
Another fantastic adventure of Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. Seemingly unevenly matched, Mary is quite a bit younger than her husband, interested in theology, and rich as can be. However, they are a match, mind to mind, wit to wit, and adventurous spirit to adventurous spirit.
In this sixth volume, Mary and Holmes are invited to Justic Hall. A familiar stranger visits them and invites them to the home of the Duke of Beauville, Justice Hall. A very prominent family guided by duty, honor, and justice. The current duke was called back from the mysterious life he was living after the sudden death of his brother. His brother's heir had died during the Great War.
The identity of the current Duke is revealed (this is not a spoiler) as the Muslim travelers Russell and Holmes had encountered in the previous book. A reluctant heir with no children, they are to investigate a claimant to the dukedom. Before long, greater mysteries present themselves including the death of the young soldier, an attempted murder, and at least two suspects with power and money wishing for more.
This is another grand adventure with amazing depth of detail and description, a rousing adventure, edge of the seat suspsence, and a deeply moving picture of a soldier's life in the trenches.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, again, does a fantastic job. She a vibrant storyteller.
More than usual, King weaves intriguing and seemingly unrelated plot threads into a shocking design of revelations! In case you're wondering, Mary Russell's extensive yet spellbinding perception of personalities and settings in this novel account for the book's length compared to others in this series.
I'd rate this PG for some violence and mature themes.
There are so many details to this story that it causes it to drag on. If there were fewer details the story seems to be good.
Yes, I would, but not until I'm done with the entire series :-) Why? It's one of my favorite books to date. I love the tie in to O Jerusalem, the old characters are rich, the new characters are intriguing and the end and even where the whole story goes from the start is unexpected.
Not so much on the edge of my seat as firmly planted in it because I didn't want to stop reading. It was enthralling.
I've listened to her in all the other Mary Russell books. Believe it or not, out of all the readings of Holmes that I've heard - hers is my favorite. I love her voice work and I'm surprised at her range with characterizing male voices.
My only extreme reaction was enjoyment :-D
Read the next book too - it's just as good!
This book is the best in the Holmes/Russell series!
Im a huge fan of Holmes,unfortunately I read his adventures penned by the late/great ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE twice & decided2give Laurie a chance w/ Holmes. I WAS BLOWN AWAY w/ the storyline of the Mary Russell books, 2me it feels Doyle sprang2 life1 day and started writing about Holmes retirement, and he himself wrote the new series of Holmes adventures
U don't know me, but PLEASE believe me when I say Im1 of Holmes biggest fans&also believe when I say I'd tell U if this book OR ANY of Kings didnt live up 2 the skepticism of how Sherlock is 2B portraid or how Doyle would've invisioned Sherlock's life unfolding!
King writes these books as though Mary Russell gave her them by mail. She'dsaid these stories were jotted down by Mary Russell &she'd only organizing the notes & turing them in2 stories- BECAUSE of the way King writes these stories its not hard 2 imagine that shes telling the truth when she'dben given the tales from Marys own pen-quite honestly, if she said that Doyle's alive & kicking @ the age of 159 and was still writing the adventures of S.H.-I'd have ahard time not believing her
FINALLY= the reason I love this book MORE than all in the series plus its now my favorite book of all time, is like I said b4- Im ahuge S.H. fan&in other books so2 solve them they split up2gather clues NOW Iknow what your saying Holmes wouldnt do that, he needs2OBSERVE w/his own eyes& he'd never trust any1noteven Watson2collect clues but Marys the ying2hisyang&he knows w/her he can do2x the work she's truly his equaI! I started reading theRussell series cuz I needed NEW Holmes stories. W/ the other books when they S.H.&Mary sleuth on their own you dont hear what Holmes did while apart, but U do in this book, King explains what they both did while apart in order 2 make all the pieces fit and solve the mystery
It truly is the most thought out and descriptive book Ihave ever read so PLEASE take my word 4it &get this book ok
Laurie King has done it again! In this story we meet new people and bring back old friends.Holmes is as sly as ever and Mikroft is intertwined throughout.Jenny Sterlin has done an excellant job,as always,with narrating.You should listen to "The Moor" before "Justice Hall".Highly recommend!
This was a wonderful read. I hadn't read it in book form before, and perhaps because of that, Jenny Sterlin's narration never sounded better to me. I've been rather hard on Ms. Sterlin in previous reviews, and I suspect that in time I will regret it. This time the story really came to life in her hands. Bravo!
While this series has captivated many readers, this title has too much Russell and not enough Holmes. The long descriptions of the ways of life of a duke to the manor born and the manor itself make up the largest part of the book, with very little given to the mystery (the circumstances of the last duke's death) and even less to the cerebral wranglings one comes to expect from these two characters. Unfortunately, very dull.
I was thoroughly pleased with the listening of this book. The reader was excellent in her voicing of the different characters. I could hardly wait for the 2nd book. The subject matter was very interesting. I thought the story line would be uninteresting with a married Holmes. I did not see how this could possibly work, since none of the television dramas mentioned a wife, however, It unfolded beautifully. I recommend this book and its reader to anyone who likes English mysteries.