Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes has traveled to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city will surely go up in flames. With her unerring flair for the dramatic, Laurie R King packs this novel with bloodcurdling adventure, clever disguises, and layers of intrigue.
©1999 Laurie R. King (P)1999 Recorded Books LLC
This is the 5th Mary Russell Book by Laurie R. King. If you haven't read this series, I would highly recommend it. Mary Russell is the much younger apprentice and subsequent partner of Sherlock Holmes. Although Holmes is a main character, these books bring a totally different perspective to the genre. This particular book is set early in Mary's life and details a short visit to post-WWI Palestine. It is one of my favourite books and vital to read before Justice Hall, the 6th book. Although this book could be read as a stand-alone novel, I would recommend reading the series in order (first book is The Beekeepers Apprentice), as the development of Russell and Holmes relationship over the years is fascinating. All of the books in this series are excellent. This one is well read by Jenny Sterlin.
"Oh, what a lovely...series"
This is th sixth time I have listened to this audio book and it's as fresh and entertaining as the first. If you have yet to discover the Mary Russell canon start with the first one, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and prepare to become obsessed! All the books are brilliantly narrated by Jenny Sterlin and Laurie R King's writing is not only entertaining and literate her imagination knows no bounds. Unfortunately Audible does not carry all the books but they can be bought on CD from Whole Story audiobooks. I love the original Sherlock Holmes books and this series is the perfect way to follow Holmes after his retirement.
A complete rewrite is the only thing that could go close.
Poor story - bland and lacklustre narration.
All of them
This only held my interest for about half an hour by which time I was just about ready to slash my wrists. As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I have to say that this offering is an affront to the memory of Sir Arthur.
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