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In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin. Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long-ago accused of murdering her husband - and of a hound with a single glowing eye.

Returning to the scene of one of his most celebrated cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes and Russell investigate a mystery darker and more unforgiving than the moors themselves.

©1998 Laurie R. King (P)1998 Recorded Books

What listeners say about The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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An Excellent Entry

This installment of the Mary Russell series will not disappoint fans. I thought the story moved along at a quicker pace than previous installments with a little less description and a
lot more focus on the characters. You don't guess the solution to the case until Mary and Holmes spell it out....very entertaining.

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The best series

I like Sherlock Holmes better via King than Conan- Doyle!
Mary Russell is a wonderful strong female protagonist. The best series in a long time!

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If you could sum up The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

I loved this story. First off, I have to say that Jenny Sterlin is the best narrator I've ever had the chance to listen to. She is at her absolute best in this novel. Honestly, I couldn't ask for more and would even go as far as to buy books just because she is reading them....

With all that aside the story is really great. It has a good, involved plot that pulls you along. I wouldn't go as far as to say there was suspense at every turn, but it was still a great story. I have listened to this three times back to back. I just can't seem to get enough.

The tales use of Hound of the Baskervilles as a backstory really connects it to the best of Conan Doyle as well.

The characters are wonderful,
The story is well thought out and rich,
Jenny is not just a narrator here, but the breathing equivalent of Mary Russell which makes it seem more like she is recalling the past rather than reading a book. Her different accents are incredible, my favorite parts.

I can't think of any way to improve things,,, even the length was spot on

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too difficult to pick just one

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Sherlock and Mary first interact with an older resident of the moor, and he's called by his nickname.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. It was one I wanted to listen to, but also wanted to savor as long as possible to keep it from ending.

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Great story and narration

The narrator does an amazing job. She does the male and female voices perfectly as well as the accents. Love the series.

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My least favorite in the series

I love this series, but struggled to get through this story. It was very repetitive and slow moving.

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Accent needs work

I enjoyed the book but the plot was a bit predictable. Ms Sterlin needs to work on her American accent a bit. She sounded like Midwesterner with Southern roots not a Californian. I was born and raised there.

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Love this series

Laurie R. King is such a fantastic writer. You can transport yourself to Dartmoor as you read this book. And the history of Sabine Baring-Gould is wonderful.

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Nice descriptions, partly poor and tedious story

Like the second book of the series, this one left me a tad disappointed. Though for different reasons. Two of them basically.
First of all the story in the first half of the book is rather tedious. Not much going on and a very slow development of the story. The author has the protagonists sit in manor houses and wander the moor without accomplishing much, which is totally uncharacteristic for both Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes. The good thing about all that for me is a very nice reminder of my last visit to Dartmoor. I expect everyone who has ever been there (and liked it) will love Laurie King's descriptions.
The second thing that struck me - again in the first half of the book - was that the married couple showed even less affection that normal towards each other. In fact I got the destinct impression, that Mary Russel was annoyed by her husbands antics and basically wished to be somewhere (and perhaps with someone else) entirely. This mood changes completely around half way through. It's basically like two different books.
So my recommendation for Dartmoor (and Baskerville) lovers is: read it, suffer through the first half and enjoy the second half. All others: feel free to skip this one.

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Cozy fun

This is a fun additional to the series. I find these books to be cozy fun, like a cable knit sweater and flannel scarf. They aren't suspenseful, the whodunit is easily solved and the danger doesn't feel threatening, but the writing is excellent and the characters familiar. The narrator does a great job with one big exception- she can't do an American accent at all! This came up in The Beekeepers Apprentice and again here. It's distracting, but forgiveable (even the great Davina Porter can't get American right). Overall worth the listen and comforting (once you get past a 23 year old being married to a 60 year old, that is). I was surprised to learn at the very end that Sabine Baring-Gould was a real person. I wish I had known all along.

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Great for a long ride…

This is my sixth Laurie King Nobel and it was as good as the others. Nothing too heavy, in fact, I listened to this one over a couple of weeks whilst traveling in the car and riding my bike (between snow storms) through the Rockies.

I probably should have waited to ride and read along the English moor, but that probably would have been a bit too intense.

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