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
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.
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.
Any scene with the Russell- Holmes combo.
This book built and at the end I was totally sucked in and enjoyed it. I was thrown off by the new reader as the original reader is superb. Overall would give it a 4.5 rating
I have enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's voicing of both the Holmes' and others throughout this series. I found the addition of a male voice jolting and distracting. Especially one who added a Scottish, or was it Irish, accent to Holmes proper and rye English comments, not to mention the middle eastern characters throughout this story.
Aware that I am coming to the end of a series I have throughly enjoyed, I have been carefully pacing myself so as to make it last. Imagine my disappointment when I finally treated myself to this title and found the familiar voice of Holmes totally out of character. However, I found the book one of the best in the series and look forward to the the next. I sincerely hope I will not have to continue to mentally substitute Ms Sterlin's voicing of Sherlock for Mr Machenzie's in order to better enjoy the dry humor and understated observations Mrs King has written for him.
How many times will Mary suffer blackout concussions throughout this series?! A bit cliché...The dialogue is meandering and frustrating with attempt to showcase the author's historical fiction storytelling, I miss the Holmes-Russell banter and deduction. Sterling, however is amazing as ever- truly one of the best readers
I loved it! Was actually sorry to get to the end and have to stop listening. Jenny Sterlin was excellent - she always is - I was less enthusiastic about the added male reader, probably because I have always liked the voice Ms Sterlin gave Holmes and I found the new Holmes voice less appealing. The story is compelling, the taste of Morocco's history, though fictionalized, is valuable and will have this reader looking up more information, and the performances kept the plot moving along and was hard to abandon. Listen to it, you'll enjoy it!
This is my favorite series right now and this book did not disappoint. I both enjoyed the book immensely and also learned a lot about the history of that time. Jenny Sterlin, as always, brought this story to life in such a perfect performance.
The book is great! It has twists and turns you will never anticipate. The characters are vivid, familiar yet unexpected. The only disappointing part was the narration. Most of it was very good even great; but part of the masculine narrative just droned on. This was particularly vexing to me because I have read this book and know how tense and fearful that part is; but there was no change of inflection in the narrator's voice. However, I do recommend this book to everyone--it is so exciting. A darn good read!
I totally understand the need for a different narrator in portions of this book but I'm thankful it wasn't the majority of the book because Robert wasn't easy to listen too. His variations on the characters wasn't distinct and at times I wasn't sure who was speaking.
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