This book has the fatal flaw for a "novel of suspense" in that the first 2/3 is boring. Very boring. The last third picks up and is more interesting, but I almost gave it up slogging through the first parts. It does setup the next book though, which is quite good.
I liked that Mary Russell was featured and was the heroine. I didn't like so many details about a sailing ship and that one character, Senhor Pessoa, disappeared from the second half of the story.
No. I love Laurie R. King stories, just not this one.
Jenny Sterlin is always the BEST for all of the Sherlock/Mary Russell stories.
Yes, I listened while doing menial tasks at home. I didn't have to pay a lot of attention to either the many details of the story or to the task at hand. It was fine as a distraction.
Some might really enjoy the vocabulary and details describing a sailing vessel and the details of the British silent film industry in the 1930s. Ms King must have done A LOT of research to write this book.
I was really surprised to dislike this book as I did. I love Laurie R. King's books. This is the first one I could barely finish. I think it was not just the narrator, who I did not love. It was the slowness of the plot and the disagreeableness of the characters, even though it was an interesting setting.
I eagerly await the release of Laurie R. King's books that are part of this series. Were it not for the solid ending, this book would have only received 1 star. I powered through it because I remain hopeful that the next book will be better.
I found this book tedious to listen to, and the story not easy to follow. There were too many names to unforgettable characters to keep my interest. I did finish listening, but just barely.
I listened to the next sequel, Garment of Shadows, and was delighted to have a great Holmes story back again.
OK whiners - get over it. It was time for King to have a bit of fun. This is a splendid romp -- a happy-dance through two iconic British set pieces that beg for satire: the world of Conan Doyle, and the world of Gilbert & Sullivan. King has earned the right to do something unexpected with her characters, in this case to let Russell do something just a little less grand (and stuffy) than saving the empire. And to do it on her own. On every page, King is asking us to bring a little more to the table as readers -- to contribute our own brains and education and sense of fun. Do we really have to care that Holmes isn't the big man in this? Isn't that what the series is about anyway? Russell? So, gentle readers, get over yourselves and dance this little gig -- just for fun.
I am gobsmasked!!! I have been blissfully pouring through the books in this series and, after the fabulous development of Book 8 and 9, this book is hurled into the mix. It seems to taint the rest of the series. Yes, that dreadful. The book reads more like a disappointing docu-drama about the making of a silent film with drab characters and boring plot lines. How could anyone make pirates boring??? Well, this book manages to do just that. For anyone reading this series for the first time - do yourself a huge favor and omit this book. It is insulting to the reader and to the characters of Holmes, Russell and even Mycroft. What a shame to include such an inferior book in this great series.
Mary goes solo.
I enjoyed the different flavor of this novel as compared to the previous volumes. Mary was more on-her-own then the other stories where Sherlock and she were often separated for a short time but very much on the same case and he was in the lead. This case was all her own and I enjoyed seeing how King let her shine in her own right.
I have enjoyed Sterlin's performances and find them an integral part of my experience in the Mary Russell stories.
As in the other books, Mary grows in her knowledge of herself and her abilities as an investigator. But in this story she was learning from her own evaluation of her experiences instead of Sherlock???s tutoring. Her discovery of Edith as a boy and Anne as the inside man at first shocked her self confidence but after reflection she adjusted her image by herself. This is the main reason I like King???s stories. While Sherlock is the ???I???m always right??? man, Mary is willing to adjust her opinion of herself and the world around her to fit what she has learned in the situation she has gone through. Females have always been the better adjusters to change while men often falter from their insistence that their values must fit the situation and not the other way around.
I am egerly awaiting King's next novel.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I have enjoyed this series -- really respectful of the Sherlock Holmes mythology, but with a feminine twist -- so I always look forward to a new Mary Russell. This one, however, was missing something for me. Probably Sherlock -- he's barely there! The characters aren't compelling or particularly well drawn and the mystery is pretty predictable. Just not as good as others in the series. If you're starting out on Laurie R. King, try an earlier adventure. If you are a fan, I'd recommend getting this one to read from the library and saving your credit or money for another listen.