Laurie R. King's best-selling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense.
Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?
Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?
Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson's son. What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him - as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered - a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air - the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson. Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.
The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson's past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets - to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away. There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same.
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"Be forewarned - Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons's amazing joint narration of King's newest Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mystery will keep you absolutely hooked." (AudioFile)
The book has obviously been thought of as a spin off, and the author presumably thought it would be so much fun to shed light on the dear old housekeeper that we never learn much about in the Holmes Canon. She took pains too make Mrs Hudson the main character of the story but what she came up with is simply insufferably boring. Also, the specific ideas, especially regarding the relationship between Mrs Hudon and Sherlock Holmes are quite outrageous and vastly out of character for Sherlock Holmes, even the one depicted by the other King books.
OK, so this question - "did Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons do a good job differatinating each of the characters" - was the first time I realised there was more than one narrator in the book... The voices were definitely too similar, and the different accents (an important aspect of the book) were quite artificial. Male voices, in particular, felt really forced, I'd have preferred the narrators to just keep to their real voices.
I would really and truly cut the endless, almostSEVEN HOUR LONG psuedo-Diceknsian sentimental predictable teary beginning depicting in gruesome details all the sufferings of a poor girl in the cruel XIXth century city. Like, MERCY. I was really close to quitting after two hours of this (I really have read enough of that in my life), I only couldn't believe it would go this way for SO LONG.
"A New Twist for Holmes & Co."
I don't think it's a spoiler to reveal what any fan of this series will know even before picking up this latest installment in the Holmes/Russell series: the title is a tad misleading!
That said, it was quite smart of Laurie R. King (a woman whose intelligence obviously equals that of her creations!) to take the story in a new direction. Her latest additions have involved separation of the characters, foreign lands and plots, and (let's be honest) a certain flatness in the Holmes/Russell progression. This departure makes for a good way to return to the earlier freshness of the series and to the British basis of the Doyle canon.
The twists, turns, and revelations in "The Murder of Mary Russell" make the book a real treat for Sherlock Holmes fans. Although the reader may initially think Mrs. Hudson an unusual choice for front-and-center treatment, in the hands of King, nothing could be further from the truth!
"CAUTION: Rollercoaster ride"
Loved it! The author is at the top of her game in this story, in which we learn much more of Mrs. Hudson's background and how she met Holmes.
And the action jumps back and forth between Mrs. Hudson's story and the nerve-wracking effort to find out what happened to Mary Russell. So... cliffhanger after cliffhanger within the book, although everything is solved by the end.
Extremely gripping, if you're a fan of the series. Probably entertaining to any Holmes fan who is willing to allow the author to re-arrange the Conan Doyle universe.
I highly recommend this book.
"Now we have the real thing."
Ahh! Replete and satisfying in all respects. Brava Ms King, and pleasant read to your fans.
"The Murder of Mary Russell"
Highly creative, exceptionally entertaining, and downright brilliant! Laurie R. King’s “Mary Russell” series is one of my top five favorite literary series of all time, and #14, “The Murder of Mary Russell,” is the best volume thus far! King exhibits an uncanny ability to take the deep and subtle insights she's gained into the psyches of the characters she creates, and then weaves credible, yet extraordinary circumstances and motivations into her story that couldn't possibly be anticipated, but which always fit tight. In addition, King never fails to draw out intense emotional responses from me, which I find most gratifying! Usually, once a novel is finished, I pick up another without pause, but “The Murder of Mary Russell" has left me wanting instead to just sit for awhile and marinate in the profound satisfaction I'm feeling from my reading experience. Thank you so much, Laurie R. King! You are an extraordinarily talented artist and visionary! I look forward with great anticipation to your future offerings.
"Past Secrets Revealed"
This is a very involved story featuring Mrs. Hudson and the young Sherlock Holmes where we learn of their long ago connections, the secrets that tie them together for 40 years, the beginning story of the irregulars, and how Mrs. Hudson's and Mary Russell's lives are inevitably changed by the murder. I am impressed how the author wove all these lives, (past and present) together in an intriguing tale of secrets. I'll never think of Mrs. Hudson the same again. I hope there will future stories with her.
The second reader took some getting used to as I am so used to, and love, Jenny Sterlin's voices in this series. My preference would have been for Jenny Sterlin to have done all the voices, but then perhaps a new voice was needed for Mrs. Hudson. I listened to this book twice, enjoying it both times.
A much needed reboot to the series! I was very engaged and wanted to know more!
"what a surprise"
a totally unexpected chapter of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes saga. The back story of Mrs. Hudson reveals another aspect of life in London in the late 1800s, with satisfying bits of Mary herself and Sherlock. this knowledge changes everything that has come before.
"very best of this wonderful Mary Russell series"
i absolutely hated that it ended. Ms King, please create more interesting and complex plots.
"Mts. Hudson's story"
I won't give away anything about the title of this book and what happens to Mary. But most of the book is the story of the life of Mrs. Hudson, who turns out to be much more than a housekeeper. It's actually quite clever that Laurie R. King tied her together a character from an early Holmes story with the same last name, and with a young Sherlock, But the parts of the story without Sherlock or Mary just aren't the same. Jenny Sterlin is great as usual but gets a smaller part of the book. Susan Lyons, who does the Hudson section is also very good.
"The best of a good series"
I have enjoyed all the Marry Russell books that I have listen to but this has been my favorite. As a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes books, I have often wondered about Mrs. Hudson's back story. Silly, I know since she is a fictional character. Needless to say, I like Ms. King's version of Mrs. Hudson's story very much. I think it fits with the overall story of Sherlock Holmes.
"Somewhat lacking in Sherlock and Mary."
Just a little warning to those who have been enjoying this series, that the majority of this book takes place away from our favourite couple. Jenny Sterlin is great as ever and the story is interesting without being as engrossing as some of the others.
"Wonderful Mary Russell"
Another excellent story, well written and read. Can't get enough of Laurie R King. Long may she continue to write these great stiries
"Well, that's different!"
Not what I was expecting, but it was still very good. There's an awful lot of back in the day stuff and it's all pretty interesting. It's a difficult book to review without being spoilerific to be honest, but if you've liked the rest you'll love this one
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