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Publisher's Summary

Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one murky riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door...literally. It's a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it's not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est.

A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

© 2002 Laurie R. King; (P) 2003 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A spellbinding mystery...superb." (The Washington Post)
"Consistently smart and poignant...[Conan Doyle] would probably approve." (Chicago Tribune)
"Audacious...Mary Russell is never less than fascinating company." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Joel
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • 03-31-16

Addictive

Fabulous series. Interesting characters and intriguing plot. I plan to read all King' books in this series

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A Well Conceived Story

Jenny Sterling does an excellent job bringing Mary Russell to life again in this mystery. If you like the series, you will certainly like this installment. This story has a lot going on with interesting characters and a well thought out ending. I like getting lost in these stories.

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Long Introduction - Exciting Finish

While I thoroughly enjoy this series, this book simply took a long time to "get started." The lengthy descriptions of Justice Hall took far too long as did the basic plot elements. Once everything was in place, the story easily took its place as one of the best in series.

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A wonderful adventure

I am again amazed, at the depth of character development, the flow of the story, the delight at the inter relationships. And at the performance of ms sterlin. Many new voices, how does she keep them straight? It is so helpful to the listener.

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First half dull, second half attention grabbing

The story was excellent after you labored through the first half of the book. It dragged on and on with exhausting descriptions of Justice Hall that really had little to do with the story line. It was worth the persistence though as the story bloomed.

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Good read

Another good story. Characters were more interesting here than in oh Jerusalem. Narrator does a fine job - perhaps with the exception of any form of North American accent! But hardly a deterrent as a listener.

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One of the best!

Working my way through the series and Justice Hall stands out. Many twists and turns, a poignant family story and Ms. King's wonderful prose bring the reader much closer to these characters than in some of the other books. Jenny Sterlin is a wonder!

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wonderful

I love this series . I have been hooked since the Beekeepers apprentice.

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Never liked Sherlock before this...

If you could sum up Justice Hall in three words, what would they be?

Mary Russell Shines!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Mary Russell character adds such superb depth to what could be just another English murder mystery series. Laurie H. King crafted the Mary Russell character so she doesn't always follow the rules of the times. Her partnership with Holmes and her own sharp mind allows her to move through the world in genius disguises. The character is bigger than live, tough, independent and as smart as he. What could be better?

Any additional comments?

The series is full of wonderful history, it is truly riveting, and Jenny Sterlin is an amazing performer. Cudos to all involved!!!

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Wonderful read after O Jerusalem!

This book is appreciated much more if "O Jerusalem" is read first. A masterpiece! It exceeded my expectations. Narrator wonderful.
Characters full.