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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a more REAL character.
She talks about learning but all we hear is how good she already is and all the BLAH BLAH BLAH all about me me me and how good I am blah blah blah....
very very dry (but she didn't have much to work with)
Hate to be all negative so I will end on this positive note, I am glad I got it on sale.
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.
Loves Travelling, Music, Mystery/Paranormal/Action/Suspense/Comedy/Female Sleuths novels, Learning new things, & trying to better herself
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
I think I will listen to the whole series again as soon as I reach the end of the last audiobook.
Russell and Holmes are both very convincing in their different backgrounds, ages, problems, and their daily chores.
It is a real joy to listen to Jenny Sterlin. She brings the characters to life!
Mary Russell's struggle with her life, her intelligence, her quick wittedness, her loneliness...
Follow the (audio-) books in the right order, it helps to understand both, Russell and Holmes, better.
Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.
Nice series of stories tied together into the book. It comes across as a book, but also as distinct stories within the book. Charming story to imagine.
Not exactly the Holmes story you would expect. It took a little while for the story to develop. I was losing faith early but the book hit a stride and I enjoyed the latter 2/3's. Be a little patient and I think you will enjoy it if you like Holmes mysteries.
This was very good. This is the first time I have listened to a writing from Laurie King or narration from Jenny Sterlin. I enjoyed them both. This is a good example of a well written and read story that did not need tons of profanity. I think there was only one or two spots. I intend to listen to more from this writer.
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.
While the story is good and the plot twisting and intriguing, if you are a true Holmes' fan and lover of the Chronicles, this is just not your cup of tea. When Holmes starts being hyper-critical of Watson to our heroine, the authenticity that this is our beloved Sherlock loses credibility. Further, Holmes' affectionate interest in Mary makes this book even more implausible for the readers of Conan-Doyle.
I found the reader doing Holmes to be unbelievable and, frankly, grating on the nerves.
While looking for a rousing story about Holmes and his incredible talents, this fell flat for me.
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