Taking a page from her previous book, The Game, Laurie R. King delves into uncharted though welcome waters. The series has been a joy to read as it pits a very modern woman with the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, clearly equals in every sense of the word. I have enjoyed this series immensely and was eager to delve into this new book. However, I was not prepared for the psychological overtones this book handles so eloquently. It is deeply believable and frequently moving in scope.
Furthermore, the descriptions of post earthquake/fire San Francisco are oddly reminiscent of post Katrina New Orleans. I always wondered why looters weren't shot on sight in these situations and Ms. King's description of overzealous police shooting the innocent along with the guilty gave me chills. King applies her prodigious intellect to such subjects as psychology, auto mechanics and feng shui, each with a deft style that is easy to read and totally engaging. Get this for that long trip when you can devote a number of hours to a deeply satisfying read.
I have truly enjoyed this series by LRK and Locked Rooms is the best yet. I especially enjoyed the telling from Holmes perspective. The author's interjecting Dashell Hammit (sp?) into the plot a superb twist. Don't pass this book buy. It's well worth the money and time. Jenny Sterlin's narrative talent was brilliant as always.
These books are my guilty pleasure. Narration is fantastic, and this story line was complex enough to hold my interest. The switch off to third person was a bit jarring, but otherwise, up to the high standards I have come to expect.
Amoureux de livre
Always love this series; never disappoints . Getting ready for the next book. The narrator has a lovely quality to her voice and her character voices are excellent.
I continue to enjoy the Mary Russell series, with each story having its own twists and turns. This particular story absolutely caught and captivated me. I'm not sure whether it was the San Francisco setting, or the personal nature of this being about Mary's family, but this is quite possibly my favorite so far in the series.
Mary's Mystery Solved
It tells the background of Mary Russell's life. I always wondered about the full story of how she was orphaned. I liked how Mary becomes more "human" in this story, has the same wounds and lost memories as all of us would have from serious traumas.
I love Jenny Sterlin's voices. She can even do a Chinese- American accent that is believable. Holm's and Mary's voices remain the same throughout the series. This is remarkable. If I had only read these books, I would miss HEARING these familiar voices. Thank you Jenny.
San Francisco Earthquake Mystery 1906
This is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell stories focused on one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. I was fascinated to hear details of the 1906 Earthquake and fires, the chaos afterwards, and the strength of the survivors. A most interesting time period and a story I will listen to again.
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
Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes are returning to England by ship by way of San Francisco, Mary's childhood home. The purpose is two-fold, to see old friends and to wind up her estate, sell the family house, and break her ties with the past. The last reason is not stated by Mary but suspected by her husband. As they approach the city, Mary begins to have nightmares, loss of appetite, and change in personality. Her intelligence, powers of observation and deductive acumen suffers. Rather than a simple, nostalgic trip to past haunts, the visit becomes haunting, haunted, threatening and puzzling. As things unfold in Holmes' and Russell's methodical questioning, deeply buried secrets emerge.The is a terrific series. This one is told from two perspectives, Mary's first person narrative and a third person Holmes perspective. It makes the story worldview more balanced between the couple and we do see how Mary is struggling when even she believes she is as strong and logical as ever. An excellent book.And as an audio book, this is enthralling.
Good, but not the best in the series. There is not much to the mystery, but I listen to this series mostly because I like the characters.
Enjoyed the book, story did not end until the last chapter. Liked the setting in San Francisco.