To be fair, my expectations were low after the previous installment of this series, The Pirate King. Again, there is no story here. Without giving too much away, Mary Russell spends three quarters of the novel with full or partial amnesia. She is accompanied in her efforts by a mute boy. So what happened?
After ten hours of listening, we find out that this very laborious plot device is conceived to obscure the hidden political motives of a meeting between two historical figures.
Really? No story, no case. Sherlock Holmes plays a larger part in this novel (He is virtually absent in The Pirate King) but is given nothing to do but follow his wife around. This series has lost its way.
Loved the story, and Jenny Sterlin. I don't think a second narrator for Holmes is necessary. Jenny does such a good job of portraying Holmes, the other voice is off putting.
A revival of the charming (if improbable) relationship between Russell and Holmes depicted in this series' earlier installments might have helped - but not saved - this one. These two characters' interactions seemed more appropriate to those between very distant relatives-by-marriage, rather than those between loving spouses.
I also missed Russell's customary acerbic asides; her occasional (but respectfully supressed) eye-rollings at Holmes' dusty fuddy-duddyisms; and her succinct observations on the strictures early-20th century mores imposed on bright young women.
Additionally, although the apparent depth of LRK's research into the historical political intrigues fueling the story's progress is impressive, the plot was at best murky and labyrinthal. In several instances, I actually reviewed previous chapters to figure out who was where, why and with whom?
Regardless, looking forward to the return of the original Russell and Holmes and a more cohesive storyline.
The story was engaging.
The setting was my favorite part of the book.
Sterlin by herself.
The male narrator, Robert Ian McKenzie, was dreadful. If he narrates any more Russell / Holmes books I won't be listening!
A return to the more adventure based story that I like most in this series
The adventure and learning something about a part of history that I knew nothing about and Laurie King's descriptive prose.
Have listened to all the audio books narrated by Jenny Sterlin in the Holmes- Russell novels. Robert Ian MacKenzie is new to me, and I didn't quite see the point of going to a dual voice production. That being said, I found his voice nicely nuanced and resonant. I don't usually care much for multi-voice but Garment of Shadows was well done.
Yes, and I almost did!
Spellbinding, intriguing, captivating.
When Russell lost her memory, what happens when Holmes finds her, and whether or not they get away from thier kidnappers.
My favorite scene takes place in the medival underground prison. As long as you are not claustrophobic, the scenes that take place underground are memorable and intense.
Yes, i couldn't put this book down. I finished it in two days.
The Russell / Holmes books are some of my favorite. Being a Sherlock Holmes fanantic, I find these books fun and refreshing. I can't wait for the next one to come out.