Search Results: "Laurie R. King"


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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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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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LOCKDOWN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"'Your purpose is to show how things tie together,' the harried principal reflects as zero hour looms. King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable."
King turns from recording the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife (The Murder of Mary Russell, 2016, etc.) to a more hard-edged and contemporary subject: the day a shooter seething with resentment descends on a coastal California school. Read full book review >

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DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue."
An ocean voyage to Japan lands Sherlock Holmes and his amanuensis and wife, Mary Russell (Garment of Shadows, 2012, etc.), in the middle of a tangled web of blackmail.Read full book review >

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LOCKED ROOMS by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2005

"A humdinger of a plot that deepens with each retelling of the dreams, plus pulsating descriptions of San Francisco's tent cities, looters and flattened Chinatown in the quake's aftermath."
Mary Russell confronts her past abetted by Sherlock Holmes and Dash Hammett. Read full book review >

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THE GAME by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"The game may be afoot, but the pace is mostly funereal."
Mary Russell and her hubby the beekeeper slog through India in the thinly plotted seventh of this Sherlockian series (Justice Hall, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >