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  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

Excellent Narration, Terrible Story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

If this had been the first book in the series, I would have given it up. The story was incredibly weak, the characters seemed to be shadows of their former selves (suddenly okay with blackmail?!), and the plot relied more on name dropping than detective work. Even though I agree with it, the political message throughout the novel was also a bit too heavy-handed for me.

I really love this series and if the author keeps writing, I'll continue listening - but I hope to see a return actual mysteries and detective work in the next book.

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