In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin. Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long-ago accused of murdering her husband - and of a hound with a single glowing eye.
Returning to the scene of one of his most celebrated cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes and Russell investigate a mystery darker and more unforgiving than the moors themselves.
©1998 Laurie R. King (P)1998 Recorded Books
I loved this story. First off, I have to say that Jenny Sterlin is the best narrator I've ever had the chance to listen to. She is at her absolute best in this novel. Honestly, I couldn't ask for more and would even go as far as to buy books just because she is reading them....
With all that aside the story is really great. It has a good, involved plot that pulls you along. I wouldn't go as far as to say there was suspense at every turn, but it was still a great story. I have listened to this three times back to back. I just can't seem to get enough.
The tales use of Hound of the Baskervilles as a backstory really connects it to the best of Conan Doyle as well.
The characters are wonderful,
The story is well thought out and rich,
Jenny is not just a narrator here, but the breathing equivalent of Mary Russell which makes it seem more like she is recalling the past rather than reading a book. Her different accents are incredible, my favorite parts.
I can't think of any way to improve things,,, even the length was spot on
Too difficult to pick just one
The scene where Sherlock and Mary first interact with an older resident of the moor, and he's called by his nickname.
Yes and no. It was one I wanted to listen to, but also wanted to savor as long as possible to keep it from ending.
This installment of the Mary Russell series will not disappoint fans. I thought the story moved along at a quicker pace than previous installments with a little less description and a
lot more focus on the characters. You don't guess the solution to the case until Mary and Holmes spell it out....very entertaining.
Like the second book of the series, this one left me a tad disappointed. Though for different reasons. Two of them basically.
First of all the story in the first half of the book is rather tedious. Not much going on and a very slow development of the story. The author has the protagonists sit in manor houses and wander the moor without accomplishing much, which is totally uncharacteristic for both Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes. The good thing about all that for me is a very nice reminder of my last visit to Dartmoor. I expect everyone who has ever been there (and liked it) will love Laurie King's descriptions.
The second thing that struck me - again in the first half of the book - was that the married couple showed even less affection that normal towards each other. In fact I got the destinct impression, that Mary Russel was annoyed by her husbands antics and basically wished to be somewhere (and perhaps with someone else) entirely. This mood changes completely around half way through. It's basically like two different books.
So my recommendation for Dartmoor (and Baskerville) lovers is: read it, suffer through the first half and enjoy the second half. All others: feel free to skip this one.
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