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I cannot give away one of the most memorable moments without spoiling the final chapter, but this book is excellent and paints a very real unidealized picture of our favorite heroine Mary Russell. Who is she and where does she come from? This will answer many of those questions for us, and most importantly for her. Mary when she is away from Sherlock and among her peers is a very different Mary and we are both shocked and pleased.
Mary left her heart in San Francisco
Be sure to read this book after "The Game" so you understand the references. Locked Rooms is a wonderful book, delving deep into Mary's innermost thoughts and feelings, but always with a purpose. Our detecting duo meet with interesting characters and they are given sufficient space for enjoyment. The book moves at an exciting pace for some of the time, but takes a slower stroll when needed. As much as I complained about "The Moor" I want to praise Laurie King for this book, Locked Rooms. I think she has reached a high point. I will proceed to the next in the series with high hopes.
Absolutely - already have. Laurie King's writing brings Sherlock Holmes back to life.
I still smile when I think of the immense relief the character Holmes must have felt as soon as Russell, after having "come back to herself," so to speak, stands before him with a gun pointed at his newly acquired irregular, Dashiell Hammett.
As always, she is a master.
Both. I particularly enjoy the way King develops her characters to include you into their personalities as well as their story.
In the upper third, but not too high.
All of her performances, including this one are superb. This story - set in San Francisco - presented several potential difficulties in regard to accents, but she managed all very well
More of a psycological study of the heroine than a detective-thriller; but it contains an excellent, vivid depiction of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. As a historical window into a devastating event it has few peers. Delightful historical fiction.
Another great sequel to the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels. This reminds me of the earlier two books; interesting, well-written, without the 'dark side' of the last novel "The Game".
Here the mystery of much of Mary's early years come together with Sherlock taking the back seat more perhaps than previous novels.
A good read or listen!
Laurie King has a remarkable talent. Her characters are riveting. Her attention to the details not only of character, but of plot are exceptional. Every Mary Russell book has taught me about issues and events from the past that I had no knowledge of. I love Jenny Sterlin's narration, as well. She is excellent.
I read the 1st book in this series "Bee Keepers Apprentice" quite some time ago and enjoyed it. There is something to be said for a book that keeps you engaged and ends happily! I didn't realize when purchasing this book, however, that it is BOOK NUMBER 8 in the series! (oops!) However, despite the 6 books I missed, I still enjoyed the story as it does stand on its own. However, I recommend reading in order. My only complaint with this book is the narrator's embarrassing attempt at American accents. Although I still enjoyed the narration as a whole, her CA accent varied between Chicago and slight southern regions. I recommend this novel if you are looking for a light-hearted mystery.
trying to see the world with my ears
At first I was disapppointed that the setting was California rather than post-WWI war England, but King managed to weave her usual engrossing web of fiction/ history/ psychology on the other side of the Atlantic, making the streets of San Franciso as vivid as those of London. Although Holmes is in the background, he's still a strong (and not always silent) presence. In the course of the narrative, Russell manages to unlock some of the memories she had walled up. Knowledge of the previous novels in the series is is not required for enjoyment - but will probabaly follow.
In order to understand the context of King's latest book it would be helpful to have read her previous books - although not necessary. Each of her books delves a bit deeper into Mary's background, which enriches her character. I love the series - the period descriptions are wonderful - and I enjoy the narrator who perfectly captures Mary's and Holme's "voice".
This another worthy addition to the series, extending and deepening the characters of Russell and Holmes. The reader does a really excellent job of capturing King's characters. Thoroughly enjoyable!
I read The Beekeepers Apprentice so long ago that I don't remember what I thought about that one, but this one in what I assume is a series captured me w its character develpment, intriguing relationship between the husband and wife, and the unwinding of the plot. A 5-star winner!