Laurie R. King's best-selling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense.
Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?
Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?
Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson's son. What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him - as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered - a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air - the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson. Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.
The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson's past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets - to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away. There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same.
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"Be forewarned - Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons's amazing joint narration of King's newest Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mystery will keep you absolutely hooked." (AudioFile)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I don't think it's a spoiler to reveal what any fan of this series will know even before picking up this latest installment in the Holmes/Russell series: the title is a tad misleading!
That said, it was quite smart of Laurie R. King (a woman whose intelligence obviously equals that of her creations!) to take the story in a new direction. Her latest additions have involved separation of the characters, foreign lands and plots, and (let's be honest) a certain flatness in the Holmes/Russell progression. This departure makes for a good way to return to the earlier freshness of the series and to the British basis of the Doyle canon.
The twists, turns, and revelations in "The Murder of Mary Russell" make the book a real treat for Sherlock Holmes fans. Although the reader may initially think Mrs. Hudson an unusual choice for front-and-center treatment, in the hands of King, nothing could be further from the truth!
Loved it! The author is at the top of her game in this story, in which we learn much more of Mrs. Hudson's background and how she met Holmes.
And the action jumps back and forth between Mrs. Hudson's story and the nerve-wracking effort to find out what happened to Mary Russell. So... cliffhanger after cliffhanger within the book, although everything is solved by the end.
Extremely gripping, if you're a fan of the series. Probably entertaining to any Holmes fan who is willing to allow the author to re-arrange the Conan Doyle universe.
I highly recommend this book.
Highly creative, exceptionally entertaining, and downright brilliant! Laurie R. King’s “Mary Russell” series is one of my top five favorite literary series of all time, and #14, “The Murder of Mary Russell,” is the best volume thus far! King exhibits an uncanny ability to take the deep and subtle insights she's gained into the psyches of the characters she creates, and then weaves credible, yet extraordinary circumstances and motivations into her story that couldn't possibly be anticipated, but which always fit tight. In addition, King never fails to draw out intense emotional responses from me, which I find most gratifying! Usually, once a novel is finished, I pick up another without pause, but “The Murder of Mary Russell" has left me wanting instead to just sit for awhile and marinate in the profound satisfaction I'm feeling from my reading experience. Thank you so much, Laurie R. King! You are an extraordinarily talented artist and visionary! I look forward with great anticipation to your future offerings.
a totally unexpected chapter of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes saga. The back story of Mrs. Hudson reveals another aspect of life in London in the late 1800s, with satisfying bits of Mary herself and Sherlock. this knowledge changes everything that has come before.
I was very excited to see a new Mary Russell story which no doubt contributed to my huge sense of let down for such a weak story. This is about Mrs. Hudson - and I found the narrative of her background so boring that I couldn't keep listening- even at fast forward. I finally skipped to the last third of the book so I could enjoy the characters of Russell and Holmes but even then I felt that this time Laurie King completely missed the mark. Her recreation of Mrs. Hudson didn't ring true and the story was a pale comparison to other books in the series. I couldn't even bring myself to give the book 3 stars - although I did give the narrator 3 stars because there was nothing wrong with the narration. if you are not already a fan of Mary Russell avoid this book - not worth a credit! If you are a fan - well - it might be hard to walk away from the newest book in the series but this really isn't up to par with the other Russell stories in my view.
This latest in the Russell-Holmes saga answers many questions about two of the characters earlier lives and is the first with two readers. Susan Lyons reads the "historical" portions of the book and Jenny Sturlin, the voice we are used to hear, reads the "contemporary ".
It is very hard to review without letting loose spoilers, but you will learn much of the early Holmes-Mrs Hudson-Billy relationship and how it became so integral to the Sherlock experience over the years.
The story flips between the "present" of the 1925 of Mary and the 1860- 80's and onwards of Miss , then Mrs Hudson and Biily and their merger with Mr. Holmes.
There were several "oh hell!" Moments for this reader, and I wonder how Ms King is going to pick up the pieces and continue on with the next installment. It will be interesting to see if the characters continue on as left or if new characters are introduced to the mix.
"Somewhat lacking in Sherlock and Mary."
Just a little warning to those who have been enjoying this series, that the majority of this book takes place away from our favourite couple. Jenny Sterlin is great as ever and the story is interesting without being as engrossing as some of the others.
"Well, that's different!"
Not what I was expecting, but it was still very good. There's an awful lot of back in the day stuff and it's all pretty interesting. It's a difficult book to review without being spoilerific to be honest, but if you've liked the rest you'll love this one
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