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
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.
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.
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.
My friend introduced me to Laurie R. King when The Beekeeper's Apprentice was first released, so I feel a particular investment in this storyline. When I read each book (this is the first of the series I've listened to), I feel more and more like if I was the intellectual I want to be I'd enjoy them more. There's a lot of detail and research to the stories, but they seem dry. Maybe it's an artistic choice to represent the time of the story? I enjoy the details of each book, but find each a chore to get through. The audio version made Garment of Shadows a much more pleasant journey, but I still had to take frequent breaks so that I could stay engaged while listening.
Say something about yourself!
Russell and Holmes have been through the wringer at the hands of Ms. King, always walking a fine line between affection and restraint. As usual though, I am left wanting a little more affection between them. Still interesting characters, it just seems that they're starting to dry up.
I have listened to almost all of the Mary and Sherlock's adventures and enjoyed them. However, this book was more of a history/travelogue than mystery. It is very long and here is no action at all for at least the first half of the book and even when things began to happen, it was so overwoven with historical information that it was not exciting. I hope the next one is better.
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