I live in San Francisco, and I often look for books that use the City as a setting. Sometimes they are disappointing, but Locked Rooms was just stunning for its research. I know Laurie R. King lives in California, and perhaps she has fallen in love with the romance of San Francisco history. She did a great job with this book weaving in details of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Also her characters were walking down streets I know so well I think I could conduct a walking tour of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell in San Francisco. The whole book added wonderful depth to Mary Russell's character (if you're a series fan). Plot twists weren't excessively obvious, either. Brilliant.
This may be my favorite book. When it was on the best seller's list (in the go-go 80s) I made all my friends buy and read it and then of course we read everything else Helprin ever wrote (including the New Yorker stories).
When I saw it was finally on Audible, I actually did a little happy dance. Wonderful to "read" it again after so many years. Who writes like this these days?
If you love New York, or if you just love beautiful images and very interesting characters rendered in prose, then this is the book for you. What if time really could be conquered by courage and love?
I didn't know what to expect when I first purchased the Sultan's Seal, but I loved the descriptions of life in and around Istanbul, palace intrigues and the complicated nuances of culture and gender mores. And I love the narrator's voice also. I was very happy to see this newest Abyssinian Proof which did not disappoint. Wonderful descriptions of the village and the ancient well and the tension between old and new. Great plot twists. Very enjoyable listen.
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