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Justice Hall | [Laurie R. King]

Justice Hall

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?
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Publisher's Summary

Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one murky riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door...literally. It's a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it's not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christopher United States 01-25-13
    Christopher United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story and narration!"

    As usual, loved each and every minute of this book! One of the best so far in the series!

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    Kristine 11-17-12
    Kristine 11-17-12
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    "To Slow!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Justice Hall?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Mary


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 08-20-12
    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Captivating - Russell and Holmes at their best!"
    Would you listen to Justice Hall again? Why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My only extreme reaction was enjoyment :-D


    Any additional comments?

    Read the next book too - it's just as good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mike springville, NY, United States 09-01-10
    mike springville, NY, United States 09-01-10
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    "I cant believe its not BUTTER, opps I meant DOYLE!"

    This book is the best in the Holmes/Russell series!
    Im a huge fan of Holmes,unfortunately I read his adventures penned by the late/great ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE twice & decided2give Laurie a chance w/ Holmes. I WAS BLOWN AWAY w/ the storyline of the Mary Russell books, 2me it feels Doyle sprang2 life1 day and started writing about Holmes retirement, and he himself wrote the new series of Holmes adventures
    U don't know me, but PLEASE believe me when I say Im1 of Holmes biggest fans&also believe when I say I'd tell U if this book OR ANY of Kings didnt live up 2 the skepticism of how Sherlock is 2B portraid or how Doyle would've invisioned Sherlock's life unfolding!
    King writes these books as though Mary Russell gave her them by mail. She'dsaid these stories were jotted down by Mary Russell &she'd only organizing the notes & turing them in2 stories- BECAUSE of the way King writes these stories its not hard 2 imagine that shes telling the truth when she'dben given the tales from Marys own pen-quite honestly, if she said that Doyle's alive & kicking @ the age of 159 and was still writing the adventures of S.H.-I'd have ahard time not believing her

    FINALLY= the reason I love this book MORE than all in the series plus its now my favorite book of all time, is like I said b4- Im ahuge S.H. fan&in other books so2 solve them they split up2gather clues NOW Iknow what your saying Holmes wouldnt do that, he needs2OBSERVE w/his own eyes& he'd never trust any1noteven Watson2collect clues but Marys the ying2hisyang&he knows w/her he can do2x the work she's truly his equaI! I started reading theRussell series cuz I needed NEW Holmes stories. W/ the other books when they S.H.&Mary sleuth on their own you dont hear what Holmes did while apart, but U do in this book, King explains what they both did while apart in order 2 make all the pieces fit and solve the mystery
    It truly is the most thought out and descriptive book Ihave ever read so PLEASE take my word 4it &get this book ok

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    TRACY 11-03-09
    TRACY 11-03-09
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    "Loved it!"

    Laurie King has done it again! In this story we meet new people and bring back old friends.Holmes is as sly as ever and Mikroft is intertwined throughout.Jenny Sterlin has done an excellant job,as always,with narrating.You should listen to "The Moor" before "Justice Hall".Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-30-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-30-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, great narration!"

    This was a wonderful read. I hadn't read it in book form before, and perhaps because of that, Jenny Sterlin's narration never sounded better to me. I've been rather hard on Ms. Sterlin in previous reviews, and I suspect that in time I will regret it. This time the story really came to life in her hands. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 12-17-07
    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 12-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Long-winded, short on mystery"

    While this series has captivated many readers, this title has too much Russell and not enough Holmes. The long descriptions of the ways of life of a duke to the manor born and the manor itself make up the largest part of the book, with very little given to the mystery (the circumstances of the last duke's death) and even less to the cerebral wranglings one comes to expect from these two characters. Unfortunately, very dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Pearblossom, CA, USA 06-10-07
    Elizabeth Pearblossom, CA, USA 06-10-07
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    "Justice Hall"

    I was thoroughly pleased with the listening of this book. The reader was excellent in her voicing of the different characters. I could hardly wait for the 2nd book. The subject matter was very interesting. I thought the story line would be uninteresting with a married Holmes. I did not see how this could possibly work, since none of the television dramas mentioned a wife, however, It unfolded beautifully. I recommend this book and its reader to anyone who likes English mysteries.

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    Susan G Garland, TX, USA 02-15-07
    Susan G Garland, TX, USA 02-15-07
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    "for a Sherlock Holmes fan"

    Justice Hall has everything a Sherlockian plot should have: clever detectives, the English countryside, an ancient ancestoral home, English aristocracy, and an intricate plot with enough twists to give almost every character a motive for murder.

    It's a Sherlock Holmes novel told from his detective wife's point of view, and a fine listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 12-17-05
    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 12-17-05
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    "Another"

    Ms. King provides us with another wonderful work Rich and engaging, it was a mst successful sequel to the Bee Keeper's Apprentice. The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is the reader. Although Ms. Sterlin does a master full job with most of the characters, her Sherlock Holmes role misses the mark and takes a little bit away from an otherwise excellent performance. It is, I think, her interpretation of Holmes that causes this and while Her Mary Russell is beyond reproach, her Holmes can be a distraction. A minor flaw in a most enjoyable experience

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