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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Genius teacher's pet
The characterization of Mary Russell is perfect. She's almost as prickly as Holmes himself, very smart, with a sad backstory, but never succumbs to simple hero worship of Sherlock. She genuinely comes to like and admire him, while inspiring the same in Holmes!
She puts just the right spin on her vocal performance for each character. Her voice is clear and entrancing.
I certainly enjoyed this book. The audio performance at first seemed a little cold but as I got used to her performance I found found it to be quite excellent. the book is well written and the author's vocabulary is quite extensive causing me to look up several words. I certainly enjoyed that. the novel itself is certainly more than I expected from your typical mystery novel. There was more exploration of the character's emotional history and it added overall depth to the character. in the end, I enjoyed the characters more than the plot itself which I find to be a bit of a rarity in the genre.
I love Laurie R King, and read this book when it first came out in 1994. A delight to imagine Mary telling it to me.
Such a novel revisiting of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and so believably done, Russell and Holmes develop a fine relationship, and its very believable.
She voices the characters admirably, not over the top, and her pacing is excellent.
Right at the top. The writing is immaculate, the mystery is right in front of us and deliciously ellusive, the characters are real and juicy (and canonically accurate where applicable) and the performance was spot on.
Yes. Part of it was the pure joy of getting a new Holmes story, listening to the way his mind worked. Part of it was meeting Mary Russell for the first time and learning the way HER mind worked. Part of it was the pure joy of the adventure for our heroes.
No, but you can bet that I will! I'm sold! Sterlin has a wonderful range of accents and tones. She has brought Holmes and Russell alive to me in such a way that Russell feels like an old friend now. Her performance definitely adds to the experience of this book.
Oh, yes! I had purchased it with the intention of just listening during my daily commute to work, and ended up forcing my husband to listen with me at home so that I could find out What Happened Next.
I remember ripping through Sherlock Holmes when I was a teenager, and while I was never a die-hard fan, I loved the believably preposterous sleuthing and wild melodrama. Mary Russell is a great way of continuing the genre, without trying to pastiche Conan Doyle, which is very smart. Which I think sums up the book both in style and content.
The narration is good - well paced and with an interesting take on character voices.
Avid Reader and Audible Fan!
As as Sherlock fan I was impressed with this series. This is book one of the series that tells how Russell and Homes meet and the back ground story of their relationship. If you are looking for a refreshing look to Sherlock try this series out.
Sherlock Holmes takes a young woman as his apprentice.
Holmes and his apprentice tackle some interesting cases in this book. Some are more intriguing than others but they all move along quite well.
Since the book is written from the perspective of the young woman who becomes Holmes apprentice, the narration captures that point of view quite well. Some of the voices (e.g. Holmes) are not as convincing.
Sherlock Holmes is back...with a young woman as his crime-solving partner!
Overall it was a good and involving story. The crimes Holmes and his new partner solve and the mysteries they unravel range from the mundane (the stolen hams) to the extraordinary (the final confrontation with they mysterious arch nemesis). Anyone who likes period mystery stories will enjoy this. If you don't enjoy hearing about the English class system of the Victorian era, you probably won't like this book. Definitely written from the perspective of the privileged upper-class with an extreme sense of entitlement.
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