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Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12 | [Laurie R. King]

Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.
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In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

©2012 Laurie R. King (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    LISA SCLAFANI 09-28-12
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    "Laurie R King back on track"
    Would you listen to Garment of Shadows again? Why?

    I had enjoyed all of the Russell titles until the last which was far below the rest in terms of story, tone and general interest. I was ready to give up the series. However, this one is as good as the rest. My interest was maintained by the intricate plot, including the presence of Holmes in more of the story. The descriptions of historical foreign lands take me away during my daily commute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Holmes and Russell is always fun and the author has always shown the more humanistic side to Sherlock Holmes which I enjoy. I also love the description of exotic lands and lifestyles of Morocco between the wars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the Russell- Holmes combo.


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    Katheryn Gardner 06-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this series!"
    Where does Garment of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Garment of Shadows continues the wonderful series of Russell and Holmes. King does a wonderful job of weaving fact and fantasy, intrigue and history, humor and suspense. Sterlin is the perfect voice for Mary Russell and really brings her to life. Only one complaint-Ms. King, please write more! Quickly! I have developed a serious addiction to these stories and dread the end of each one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garment of Shadows?

    This is a difficult question. If there was only one memorable moment, it would not be a very good book, right? I love Mary's ingenuity when faced with difficult circumstances but also really appreciated the scene where the main characters discuss treason, loyalty, love, friendship, service and how each of these must be continually evaluated lest blind obedience have unintended consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie – was your favorite?

    Mary Russell, of course!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How wonderful would a film series be?! I think a tagline for this particular book could be "One of the greatest minds of her generation is lost. In her own mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Just bought the new Mary Russell book about the Holmes' time in Japan. Can't wait to start it!

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    derek voien 05-07-15
    derek voien 05-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic."

    Suspenseful, dramatic, amusing,
    historically fascinating. Really enjoyed this book.
    Not sure why Jenny Sterling didn't do the whole reading. It was a little distracting to have two readers.

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    Christopher 04-21-15
    Christopher 04-21-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great, but not quite the best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Garment of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare them, but Jenny STerlin's narration is as usual marvelous.


    What other book might you compare Garment of Shadows to and why?

    The Darker side of O Jerusalem from earlier in the series. Without spoilers, let's just say that Garment of Shadows represents a much darker world view than the earlier book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually no, it got started rather slowly and only caught fire about half way through.


    Any additional comments?

    While I said this wasn't the best of the series in my headline, (see The Language of Bees and God of the Hive) it definitely holds together as one of the next tier of great books in the Mary Russell series.

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    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 04-12-15
    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 04-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great - As Always!"

    Jennie Sterlin is an amazing narrator. Story is excellent and full of twists and turns. Enjoy it for yourself. Thanks.

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    Deanna United States 03-30-15
    Deanna United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Dizzying plot twists"

    This was the first of this series that included a male narrator in addition to Jenny Stirlin (sp). I am so accustomed to her fine portrayals of all characters that it was a little weird to hear someone else voicing familiar characters. Fine story as always for this series, with the twists at the end almost making me dizzy.

    I love the continued development of the Mary Russell character and look forward to her next adventure.

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    Jennifer Jones Near Chicago, IL 03-26-15
    Jennifer Jones Near Chicago, IL 03-26-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Mary Russel and Jenny Sterling - a superior combin"

    Some Mary Russell books are just ok, one I can remember was magnificent and this one brings back my favorite characters for another round of delight. I felt like the plot was a bit convoluted, but I understand that some of that is by design. I always enjoy Mary & Sherlock together.

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    Amy Finlay western Massachusetts 02-19-15
    Amy Finlay western Massachusetts 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Author at her best. But take notes on plot names!"

    I enjoyed this book greatly. Laurie R. King is at her best in terms of satisfying suspense and action, and the circumstances at the beginning of the book are delicious by any mystery fan's standards!

    My only complaint, and this is really more for the audiobook, was how hard it was to follow the characters. I'm not familiar with Arabic and French names and titles, and found it difficult to keep track of who was who.

    If someone with access to the spelling of the characters would put together a character outline for audio readers, I beg of you to do so! Had I such an outline, this would be a five star reading experience for me.

    Still enjoyable, even if the who's who only comes together with the plot conclusion.

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    NICOLA 02-05-15
    NICOLA 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring. Snore. Snore. Snore."

    The story is overly convoluted and filled with more historical information than necessary. I usually love this series but this one was not worth the time. The performance of the actor playing Holmes was dull as dishwater and it seems more like a reading than a performance.

    Disappointed.

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    Maria Mendelson 02-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "one of my favorites in the series."

    As always I enjoy the historical aspects of these series. taking into account all that is going on in the world, it is wise to remember the impact of colonialism in the middle east.

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