Haunted by her dreams, Mary Russell arrives in San Francisco in 1924 to settle her parents' estate. But she quickly encounters a few surprises and learns there may be a great deal more to her childhood in this city than she ever knew. As Mary tries to cobble the pieces of her shadowy past together, her husband Holmes wonders if she may be repressing vital memories. And one thing seems certain; someone wants Mary's remembrances to stay buried.
King is at the top of her game with Locked Rooms, a wonderfully intricate and marvelously evocative mystery rich with unexpected twists and turns.
©2005 Laurie R. King; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"A highlight in an altogether outstanding series." (Booklist)
"Richly imagined....The narrative has real momentum, the characters are engaging, and the prose, as always, is intelligent, evocative, and graceful." (Publishers Weekly)
"A humdinger of a plot that deepens with each retelling of the dreams, plus pulsating descriptions of San Francisco's tent cities, looters, and flattened Chinatown in the 1906 quake's aftermath." (Kirkus Reviews)
Taking a page from her previous book, The Game, Laurie R. King delves into uncharted though welcome waters. The series has been a joy to read as it pits a very modern woman with the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, clearly equals in every sense of the word. I have enjoyed this series immensely and was eager to delve into this new book. However, I was not prepared for the psychological overtones this book handles so eloquently. It is deeply believable and frequently moving in scope.
Furthermore, the descriptions of post earthquake/fire San Francisco are oddly reminiscent of post Katrina New Orleans. I always wondered why looters weren't shot on sight in these situations and Ms. King's description of overzealous police shooting the innocent along with the guilty gave me chills. King applies her prodigious intellect to such subjects as psychology, auto mechanics and feng shui, each with a deft style that is easy to read and totally engaging. Get this for that long trip when you can devote a number of hours to a deeply satisfying read.
I like everything about this series. I like the relationship between Holmes and Russell and like how the writer develops the stories. Jenny Sterlin is to be commended for her ability to tell the story. For me it's as if I were there to breathe the wonderful clean air...
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in San Francisco traveling back to Russell's past, who did that to her family? Feng shui? No less beautiful background speaks volumes of author's relationship with the land
The very best book I have listen to in a long time!! I have enjoyed every one of the books in this series but this is truly the best.
Enjoying the whole Russell/Holmes series by Laurie King. This is my favorite so far. Suspenseful, well-plotted, rich historical setting and, best of all, backstory of Mary Russell's childhood.
Book met all my expectations. The story line was particularly interesting as I am very familiar with San Francisco. Narrator does, as always, an excellent job aside from her inability to really imitate a non-English accent convincingly.
I have truly enjoyed this series by LRK and Locked Rooms is the best yet. I especially enjoyed the telling from Holmes perspective. The author's interjecting Dashell Hammit (sp?) into the plot a superb twist. Don't pass this book buy. It's well worth the money and time. Jenny Sterlin's narrative talent was brilliant as always.
These books are my guilty pleasure. Narration is fantastic, and this story line was complex enough to hold my interest. The switch off to third person was a bit jarring, but otherwise, up to the high standards I have come to expect.
Amoureux de livre
Always love this series; never disappoints . Getting ready for the next book. The narrator has a lovely quality to her voice and her character voices are excellent.
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