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.
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.
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!
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.
Mary Russell, of course!
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.
Just bought the new Mary Russell book about the Holmes' time in Japan. Can't wait to start it!
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.
I can't compare them, but Jenny STerlin's narration is as usual marvelous.
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.
Actually no, it got started rather slowly and only caught fire about half way through.
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.
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.
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.
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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