The worst in the series. It was a struggle to finish. If I wasn't a completest I would have abandoned this less than halfway through.
Barely a mystery, just pages of dull descriptions of boats and a cast of characters too numerous and indistinguishable from one another to matter. I'm really hoping the next one makes up for this.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
Seeing Russell working on a mystery that was lighter with lest angst and the humorous situation she found herself in. It was light and fun, but still possessed an element of danger. The fewer, but intriguing connections with Holmes and Mycroft.
The plot engaged me, but it was a more relaxing read than the last few books in the series. It was a sleeper story just building with little bits here and there until the end. I missed the more intense story line that is usual for the series, but this was a nice breather after the angst and strong emotion of the last few books.
Everything! I want to listen to more of her work. She nailed Mary Russell in all her nuances, but I liked what she did with the other voices too. Her foreign accents were a bit rough, but not awful. I think conveying emotion and the rhythm of dialogue was superb.
This wasn't really the sort of story to be considered moving, but I suppose the excitement at the end would be the closest.
Though this story was rather different from the rest in the series, I still had a good time because it was Russell and Holmes. I enjoyed learning about early movie industry history and post war Portugal and Morocco. Won't be my favorite, but I have now found a new narrator to pursue.
I love the series and truly looked forward to the listen, but it was really off. I would only recommend to Ms. King to go back to basics and involve Holmes more. As others also mentioned I would not mind a mystery a bit closer to their home.
Farcical, boring, tedious. First Mary Russell book that I could not bear to finish. This is the first Mary Russell book that I did not enjoy. I Will still buy the 12th one because I loved all the others.
The story moves slowly, it took some real effort to keep returning to the recording - not because of Jenny Sterlin the narrator, she was fine, but because the pace was so slow. Mary plays the biggest roles in these books, Sherlock is marginal but he is so marginal in this book as to be missing in action in my opinion. Read it because you like Mary, and not necessarily want to solve a mystery. The setting is interesting and the narrator does a good job of helping you picture it.
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.