From New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.
In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary: a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.
Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end." (Booklist). Named "One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
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Great fresh take on Sherlock Holmes. Mind you, the lead character is not Holmes, but a teenage girl befriending him and becoming his (sort of) apprentice. The development of the the characters is spot on. Thoroughly enjoyable story.
The opening scene is great.
Pretty bad production. I use a pair of quality "over the ear" headphones when listening and since they dont let much noise in, some flaws in the production stands out. Most noticeable is a faint analog echo of the readers speech, that gets more and more pronounced as the book progresses. (At first I thought it was outside voices form a poorly soundproofed recording studio). It's a very annoying immersion breaker.
A problem with modern recording equipment: you hear every detail. In this case, Jenny Sterlin needs a better denture adhesive. Throughout the recording, you hear the clicks and pops of what seem to be dentures not quite glued tight.
It might be something else... some unusual saliva buildup or something I don't know. It is enough that it is difficult to ignore.
You want to ignore it, because Sterlin's performance is very good and so is the book. I'm not sure I'll get further books in the series, unless I listen to the previews and find this problem corrected.
A glimpse of Holmes as a person with a heart in addition to wit and intelligence.
Mary Russell, the young orphaned heroine of the story who displays courage and heart.
She did a great job of reading it using different voices for different characters which is a treat if you are driving and want to be entertained.
YUCK! The narrator's dry mouth and associated smacking sounds were very distracting. If the book had been less entertaining, I would have returned it because of the narrator.
I loved the premise and character development but couldn't help at times feeling the author 'dumbed down' Sherlock to make Russell shine. But even so it kept my attention and interest. I didn't care for the narrator for this book, a bit to mature-sounding. She portrayed Sherlock with a nasal high-pitched tone that didn't appeal at all. And there were constant little clicks, could have been a poor recording, but to me sounded like the narrator had a case of dry mouth. Really distracting. Seems like the clicks could be edited out..,
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The book itself is interesting, well written, and it kept my attention. The only downside was the narrator. She was constantly making dry mouth noises which was distracting. I could also hear background noises of other people talking.
I liked the story, but I had a issue with hearing voices in the background of the recording of the story that had nothing to do with the story.
Great, if there wasn't anyone else talking in the studio in the background.
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Well done! I really enjoyed this alternative perspective and new Sherlock Holmes adventures. I enjoyed the smaller "cases" that made up the overall story.
Audiobooks are brilliant: you really have to focus and listen carefully. For me a good way of relaxing and getting a clear head again! :-D
The story unfolds in such a brilliant and plausible way that you can easily listen to it time and again and you will always discover more and more details. We can watch the transformation from Mary Russell, a lost and hurt young teenager into a clever young woman, fully trained by Sherlock Holmes. Their conversations and verbal battles are so amusing that I have a big fat smile on my face while listening. One advice: I personally stop this book at that point where both flee to Jerusalem and listen to the book "Oh Jerusalem" in between, and then continue where I have left off. The story there explains a lot about the relationship between the two. But it is not a must. Jenny Sterlin brings all characters to life! So 5 stars all over!
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