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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.
©2009 Laurie R. King (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A one-woman case for the defense of unauthorized literary sequels...intelligent, witty, complex and atmospheric." ( Washington Post Book World)"Along the way, we are treated to a great deal about ancient sites in England; a major supporting role from Holmes' brother, Mycroft; information on an occult set of beliefs possibly related to Aleister Crowley; a terrifying set piece on the horrors of early air travel; and discourse on the queasy pleasures of surrealist art - all in Mary Russell's wry, brilliant, and occasionally utterly deluded voice." ( Booklist)

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Well Done Entry for The Series But...

This was certainly a well done entry for the series however I thought it lacked a little substance in the middle. The author seemed to struggle to find a story within the plot. The end had it's exciting moments and if you like this series, you will like this book...just not the strongest series Entry... looking forward to the next book.

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  • Ken
  • Chicago, IL
  • 06-07-17

Weak and off track

Ms. King's distortion of the Holmes character is egregious. Like a pipe bent and twisted in so many ways, the flow of Doyle is constructed to a mere shadow - there is no life here and it is more sophomoric fan fiction of someone in love with a "fixed" Holmes for the twenty first century rather than the character from Doyle's 19th.

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Another hit from Ms. King as fascinating as ever

have loved all of the Sherlock series, and this is another finely crafted, beautifully narrated tale of phones and Russell.

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  • Mgb
  • Newburyport, MA, United States
  • 03-09-17

One of the best in the series

Fascinating continuation of the development of the main characters as well as the introduction of new ones. Suspenseful, informative, a very good listen. The narrator is exceptional.

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Looking forward to the next adventure!

I so enjoy these stories! An intelligent women with great skills! Helps me to feel empowered when I listen to her tales!

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Such a fun read...I want to read all of the books in the series.

I found this book to be the perfect blend of exciting, plot-twisting story, accessible writing, and terrific vocal storytelling. I would recommend the whole series to fans of mysteries, Sherlock Holmes, and pre-WW 2 history. The book was intellectually stimulating without seeming stuffy or drab. I plan on reading more in the series ASAP!

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Laborious and without conclusion

Oppressive minutia bogs the story down to a crawl. But we forced ourselves to persevere to the end only to be punished by a lack of conclusion and multiple loose ends. No amount of curiosity will entice me to suffer through such horrible writing so I won't be reading anything else by this author.

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Amazing as Usual

I am hooked but as I get close to reading all of them I am trying to space out my enjoyment.

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Enjoyed this much more

I'm going thru the series and kept wondering how much I actually like it. I rated the last book in the series somewhat harshly - but there seemed to be good reason.
This book I enjoyed much more. It returned to providing a very sound historical context, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mary R. seemed human again (instead of superhuman) and Holmes shows a very sensitive side (which is presumably always there, but always in check).

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Great story

I could not stop listening, great story with twists and turns , great characters, interesting plot, well done with a great narrator!