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 really enjoyed the story switching from Mary's perspective to Sherlock's. It was enjoyable to see the story from two different sets of eyes. I also enjoyed the suspense and guessing what was actually going on and what and who where not what they seemed. Ms. King also gave amazing descriptions of places and things so as to make me feel as if I were experiencing the events in person and not just though the book.
I just think that this is one of the best series of mystery novels that I have read in a long, long time.
As usual I was thrilled with Laurie King's writing abilities. I was not impressed with having a male reader . I have nothing against male readers but I could catch bits of a Scottish accent in the reading. If you have a good thing, why change the readers?
To be fair, my expectations were low after the previous installment of this series, The Pirate King. Again, there is no story here. Without giving too much away, Mary Russell spends three quarters of the novel with full or partial amnesia. She is accompanied in her efforts by a mute boy. So what happened?
After ten hours of listening, we find out that this very laborious plot device is conceived to obscure the hidden political motives of a meeting between two historical figures.
Really? No story, no case. Sherlock Holmes plays a larger part in this novel (He is virtually absent in The Pirate King) but is given nothing to do but follow his wife around. This series has lost its way.
Loved the story, and Jenny Sterlin. I don't think a second narrator for Holmes is necessary. Jenny does such a good job of portraying Holmes, the other voice is off putting.
An omnivorous fiction reader, I'm blown away when friends say they have no time to read for the helluva it. I prescribe Audible immediately!
A revival of the charming (if improbable) relationship between Russell and Holmes depicted in this series' earlier installments might have helped - but not saved - this one. These two characters' interactions seemed more appropriate to those between very distant relatives-by-marriage, rather than those between loving spouses.
I also missed Russell's customary acerbic asides; her occasional (but respectfully supressed) eye-rollings at Holmes' dusty fuddy-duddyisms; and her succinct observations on the strictures early-20th century mores imposed on bright young women.
Additionally, although the apparent depth of LRK's research into the historical political intrigues fueling the story's progress is impressive, the plot was at best murky and labyrinthal. In several instances, I actually reviewed previous chapters to figure out who was where, why and with whom?
Regardless, looking forward to the return of the original Russell and Holmes and a more cohesive storyline.
The story was engaging.
The setting was my favorite part of the book.
Sterlin by herself.
The male narrator, Robert Ian McKenzie, was dreadful. If he narrates any more Russell / Holmes books I won't be listening!
A return to the more adventure based story that I like most in this series
The adventure and learning something about a part of history that I knew nothing about and Laurie King's descriptive prose.
Have listened to all the audio books narrated by Jenny Sterlin in the Holmes- Russell novels. Robert Ian MacKenzie is new to me, and I didn't quite see the point of going to a dual voice production. That being said, I found his voice nicely nuanced and resonant. I don't usually care much for multi-voice but Garment of Shadows was well done.
Yes, and I almost did!
Spellbinding, intriguing, captivating.
When Russell lost her memory, what happens when Holmes finds her, and whether or not they get away from thier kidnappers.
My favorite scene takes place in the medival underground prison. As long as you are not claustrophobic, the scenes that take place underground are memorable and intense.
Yes, i couldn't put this book down. I finished it in two days.
The Russell / Holmes books are some of my favorite. Being a Sherlock Holmes fanantic, I find these books fun and refreshing. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
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