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Locked Rooms Audiobook
Locked Rooms
Written by: 
Laurie R. King
Narrated by: 
Jenny Sterlin
Locked Rooms Audiobook

Locked Rooms

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Walter W. Quinn 04-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "The past is revealed"

    Slightly different take on the Russell-Holmes stories with a distracted Mary forcing Sherlock to seek assistance from another famous P. I.

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    Terri Barnes 04-01-15
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    "Best yet!"

    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.

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    JWH 03-05-15
    JWH 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"

    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.

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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman 03-02-15

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    "By far the Best"

    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.

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    Kristine Johanek 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent installment"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Jersey Shore, PA United States 02-12-15
    Amazon Customer Jersey Shore, PA United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Amoureux de livre

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    "Love"

    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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    AM 02-06-15
    AM 02-06-15
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    "Uniquely riveting"

    I continue to enjoy the Mary Russell series, with each story having its own twists and turns. This particular story absolutely caught and captivated me. I'm not sure whether it was the San Francisco setting, or the personal nature of this being about Mary's family, but this is quite possibly my favorite so far in the series.

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    Tom 01-10-15
    Tom 01-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best so far"


    Great story. I especially enjoyed the characters Ms King created. The setting in San Francisco was enjoyable as well.

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    carina 05-17-14
    carina 05-17-14 Member Since 2010

    Retired teacher

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    If you could sum up Locked Rooms in three words, what would they be?

    Mary's Mystery Solved


    What did you like best about this story?

    It tells the background of Mary Russell's life. I always wondered about the full story of how she was orphaned. I liked how Mary becomes more "human" in this story, has the same wounds and lost memories as all of us would have from serious traumas.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Jenny Sterlin's voices. She can even do a Chinese- American accent that is believable. Holm's and Mary's voices remain the same throughout the series. This is remarkable. If I had only read these books, I would miss HEARING these familiar voices. Thank you Jenny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    San Francisco Earthquake Mystery 1906


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell stories focused on one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. I was fascinated to hear details of the 1906 Earthquake and fires, the chaos afterwards, and the strength of the survivors. A most interesting time period and a story I will listen to again.

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    Gail Wood Central, NY 04-10-14
    Gail Wood Central, NY 04-10-14 Member Since 2014

    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

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    "Locked Rooms and Locked Memories"
    Any additional comments?

    Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes are returning to England by ship by way of San Francisco, Mary's childhood home. The purpose is two-fold, to see old friends and to wind up her estate, sell the family house, and break her ties with the past. The last reason is not stated by Mary but suspected by her husband. As they approach the city, Mary begins to have nightmares, loss of appetite, and change in personality. Her intelligence, powers of observation and deductive acumen suffers. Rather than a simple, nostalgic trip to past haunts, the visit becomes haunting, haunted, threatening and puzzling. As things unfold in Holmes' and Russell's methodical questioning, deeply buried secrets emerge.The is a terrific series. This one is told from two perspectives, Mary's first person narrative and a third person Holmes perspective. It makes the story worldview more balanced between the couple and we do see how Mary is struggling when even she believes she is as strong and logical as ever. An excellent book.And as an audio book, this is enthralling.

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