Search Results: "Laurie R. King"


BOOK REVIEW

O JERUSALEM by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1999

"A bit thin as to plot—and sedate as to pace—but Holmes gets to strut his stuff now and again so fans of the series aren—t likely to complain."
Feisty Mary Russell and frosty Sherlock Holmes in a fifth adventure (The Moor, 1998, etc.)—this one retroactive. Read full book review >

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WITH CHILD by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 13, 1996

"Like a slow-burning fire, the story makes you hurt deeply for King's characters before you realize what's happening to you. (Author tour)"
Temporarily bereft of both her lover, Lee Cooper, who—still recovering from the wound that plagued her all through To Play the Fool (p. 30)—has taken off for Puget Sound, and her partner, Al Hawkin, preoccupied with his upcoming marriage to medievalist Jani Cameron, Inspector Kate Martinelli agrees to help Jani's preteen daughter Jules track down Dio, a homeless boy she met in a San Francisco park over the summer. Read full book review >

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JUSTICE HALL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2002

"The least successful of King's six Holmes pastiches is also the most accomplished—if you don't mind seeing the master detective sidelined."
Returning in autumn 1923 to Baker Street from their adventures in The Moor (1997), Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Oxford theologian Mary Russell, find a whopping surprise waiting for them: Ali Hazr, the Bedouin spy of O Jerusalem (1999), is actually English aristocrat Alistair Hughenfort, and his cousin Mahmoud, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get."
King forswears the foreign intrigue that's increasingly dominated her Sherlock-ian pastiches (Dreaming Spies, 2015, etc.) to return to the great man's roots, which are surprisingly intertwined with those of his longtime landlady.Read full book review >

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THE BONES OF PARIS by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Evocative period detail and challenging aesthetic adventures compensate for a mystery more suggestive than believable and a climactic sequence that seems to have been lifted from King's last tale of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Garment of Shadows, 2012)."
The dark side of Jazz Age Paris. Read full book review >

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NIGHT WORK by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"Kate's passion, and King's (With Child, 1996, etc.), brings new urgency to a familiar story about merging personal conviction with professional duty. (Author tour)"
Reunited with both her work partner, Al Hawkin, and her domestic partner, Lee Cooper, detective Kate Martinelli seems ready to get back to solving cases for the San Francisco Police Department—work that, unfortunately, threatens once again to cross the boundary between workplace and home front. Read full book review >

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THE MOOR by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Despite the incursion of motorcars and electricity, what stays longest is the impression of the moor's brooding timelessness, as powerful now as back in 1902."
King's have always been the most ambitious of all Sherlock Holmes pastiches (A Letter of Mary, 1997, etc.), and her fourth is no exception: She dares to meet the great man on the hallowed ground of Dartmoor, where he returns in 1924 with his wife, Oxford theologian Mary Russell, in response to the dying Rev. Read full book review >

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A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Unusually sensitive and densely imagined—you really can feel Vaun's torment—despite King's first-novelist habit of explaining her characters a little too generously."
After the third body of a strangled child is found on the grounds of self-proclaimed feudal lord John Tyler, the police focus on the members of his closed community—especially on a woman named Vaun Adams, a brilliant painter who's already served eight years for murdering a young girl. Read full book review >

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GARMENT OF SHADOWS by Laurie R. King
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Both Holmes and Russell are muffled, and the story requires a good deal of potted history. More likely to appeal to lovers of Morocco than lovers of Sherlock Holmes."
More international intrigue awaits Sherlock Holmes and his wife, omnicompetent and unflappable Mary Russell, in 1924 Morocco. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF DETECTION by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2006

"One of the two solutions is a letdown, but King's imagination is as generous as ever, and her use of the Sherlockian canon to ventilate contemporary issues is clever and impassioned."
King's two series had already been drawing closer together in Locked Rooms (2005), which sent Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell to San Francisco. Now Det. Kate Martinelli, SFPD (Night Work, 2000, etc.), meets Holmes, or at least a bunch of Holmesians. Read full book review >

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KEEPING WATCH by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

A gripping, intricately plotted psychological thriller, full of subtle twists. Read full book review >

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FOLLY by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 2001

"Though she's done better work elsewhere, her readers will probably respond to her appealing heroine and forgive the occasional soapiness."
Off the coast of Washington, there's a tiny island called Folly, and though Rae Newborn, who inherited it from her great-uncle Desmond, is its sole resident, someone seems to be stalking her. Read full book review >