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The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.
©2008 Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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A Grand Conceit, A Deligntful Listen

The Mary Russel series is a grand conceit that extends the Sherlock Holmes character into middle age where he first mentors then partners with and finally marries Ms. Mary Russell. She is thoroughly competent and very emancipated. Each story is told from Russell's point of view. The novelty of the stories is the way she includes historical characters both real and literary. In this seventh of the series Laurie R. King introduces Rudyard Kipling's Kim as an older British spy in 1924 India who has an adolescent son. The story plot is built around a mythical Indian prince who is up to no good. It was a delightful listen.

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I am addicted

Hard to believe this one was better than the last one, but it was. I listen on 1.25 speed, which is perfect. Excellent narration, to say the least, and the characters and story was intriguing and fascinating. How much research goes into a book like this.

On to the next in the series. I can't stop!!!

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Mary Russell fan

I Love these books! I have listened to all of them at least once, and I still enjoy them!

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In the grip of a prince, or a mad man

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I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.

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another very enjoyable trip

I love how Ms King can take me to other places and times so perfectly. It is as though she has traveled there and then herself. Add to that the mystery and fun and you have a wonderful story. Jenny Sterlin is superb as always, a real pleasure to listen to. I was sorry when it ended.

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King at the top of her "Game" in this one!

This is the best Mary Russell so far. A real page turner. Can't wait to read the next one. Mary has come into her own.

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One of Laurie King's best so far!

I am enthralled with this series, but The Game has been exceptionally good! Ms. King brings India to life with an interesting twist on the Kipling story. As always, Jenny Sterlin's narration is impeccable.

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Totally riveting!

This is the first book by Laurie King from her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series I've listened to. I was not disappointed!!!! I was engrossed from the start by the story line, the narration by Jenny Sterlin is excellent, and the calm yet dynamic connection between Holmes and Russell is terrific! I plan to purchase more from this series as soon as possible - finishing this book has left me chomping at the bit for more!!!!

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  • connie
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  • 09-08-09

weakest link in series to date

I love Sterlin's narration (I think of it as an older Russell writing of her youth) and I really enjoyed most other titles in this series, but I did not enjoy the bulk of this listen --i.e. REPEATED and long descriptions of nocturnal escapes from the same guarded palace (Did I miss humour in this, or...?) Also - the period setting did not seem as authentic as in other installments--Or perhaps my expectations of Russell and Holmes taking on the Empire's "Game" in post-Kipling India were just too high.

If you do not plan to listen to the entire series, this might be one to skip or pick up in print for quicker perusing.

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Laurie R. King is a masterful storyteller

Her novels about the antics of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, supposedly taking place after his retirement yet he is unable to entirely give up his passion totally, and assists a young, female protege, are lovely, joyous romps through the Holmesian genre. Without missing a beat, King masters the tone and the temp - and the suspense - of each adventure and mystery Mary and Sherlock embark along together. Holmes never treats his protege as lesser-than, but as an equal, even though in the times of Holmes' storied career, women were thought to be feeble and frail things to hide away and keep safe from the horrors of the world. Instead, if anything, he pushes her harder - knowing her mind to be almost as close to the wonder of his mind: the great temple to the intricacies of seeing all, and deducing where clues will lead him next. He sees this same ability in Mary, and encourages it, if not goads her toward using the full capacity of her own lightning-quick deduction to solve the "games" set before them. This is a charming book, as is the "Beekeeper's Apprentice," "A Monstrous Regiment of Women" and others. Take a moment to hear Holmes as sharp as ever, except his capable partner, Watson, is replaced by a new voice: that of the very astute and intelligent Mary Russell.