A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?
© 2002 Laurie R. King; (P) 2003 Recorded Books
"A spellbinding mystery...superb." (The Washington Post)
"Consistently smart and poignant...[Conan Doyle] would probably approve." (Chicago Tribune)
"Audacious...Mary Russell is never less than fascinating company." (Los Angeles Times)
I am listening to these in order and am having a wonderful time with them. The author brings us back in time so deftly that we forget she is not writing herself from the early 20th century. Her research and knowledge of the history of that time as well as her theological references make me feel as though I'm listening to a real Oxford scholar from 1920. I don't mind that this is not fast paced or heavy on action, it relies instead on well defined characters and beautifully painted landscapes that, surprisingly, do not get long or boring.
I enjoy the reader as much as the stories themselves but will agree with another review that complained the Canadian accent sounded very off, more like a woman raised in Texas, but that is minor compared to the overall reading of it which I loved. I'm looking forward to the next one and will be sorry when I've completed the series.
I loved other books by this author, but with regard to this book, the combination of a very slow reader who emphasized what seemed like every other word, and the detail into which the author went regarding the life and times of the setting, just made for a long read.
I am a fan of the Mary Russell books and was very pleased with this one. It follows characters introduced in O Jerusalem. I highly reccommend it.
Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
The diary of the young soldier and his descriptions of the devastation and deprivation of the Great War.
Another fantastic adventure of Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. Seemingly unevenly matched, Mary is quite a bit younger than her husband, interested in theology, and rich as can be. However, they are a match, mind to mind, wit to wit, and adventurous spirit to adventurous spirit.
In this sixth volume, Mary and Holmes are invited to Justic Hall. A familiar stranger visits them and invites them to the home of the Duke of Beauville, Justice Hall. A very prominent family guided by duty, honor, and justice. The current duke was called back from the mysterious life he was living after the sudden death of his brother. His brother's heir had died during the Great War.
The identity of the current Duke is revealed (this is not a spoiler) as the Muslim travelers Russell and Holmes had encountered in the previous book. A reluctant heir with no children, they are to investigate a claimant to the dukedom. Before long, greater mysteries present themselves including the death of the young soldier, an attempted murder, and at least two suspects with power and money wishing for more.
This is another grand adventure with amazing depth of detail and description, a rousing adventure, edge of the seat suspsence, and a deeply moving picture of a soldier's life in the trenches.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, again, does a fantastic job. She a vibrant storyteller.
More than usual, King weaves intriguing and seemingly unrelated plot threads into a shocking design of revelations! In case you're wondering, Mary Russell's extensive yet spellbinding perception of personalities and settings in this novel account for the book's length compared to others in this series.
I'd rate this PG for some violence and mature themes.
There are so many details to this story that it causes it to drag on. If there were fewer details the story seems to be good.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
A good listen, and very important that you read the book O, Jerusalem first to enjoy this tale. But if you proceed to this book right after O Jerusalem, it will be like the second part, and you will really like the depth of character. A strong plus for this book is the imagery of Justice Hall. At first, perhaps we don't think we need all the description, but it appears to have meaning and purpose as the final chapter unfolds. I recommend this book for fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.
No, the plot moved along slowly and had moments of faster pacing. Not the top of the series, but certainly among the memorable ones.
The main antagonist has a very tiny part in this story and we do not meet him/her until quite a ways into it. Perhaps this is good if you don't want to know ahead of time or if you like to be surprised.
Yes, I would, but not until I'm done with the entire series :-) Why? It's one of my favorite books to date. I love the tie in to O Jerusalem, the old characters are rich, the new characters are intriguing and the end and even where the whole story goes from the start is unexpected.
Not so much on the edge of my seat as firmly planted in it because I didn't want to stop reading. It was enthralling.
I've listened to her in all the other Mary Russell books. Believe it or not, out of all the readings of Holmes that I've heard - hers is my favorite. I love her voice work and I'm surprised at her range with characterizing male voices.
My only extreme reaction was enjoyment :-D
Read the next book too - it's just as good!
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