Search Results: "Laurie R. King"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Enchanting."
Another richly entertaining Sherlockian romp for Oxford chemist/theologian Mary Russell (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, 1994), whose former housemate Lady Veronica Beaconsfield draws her into the circle of charismatic feminist preacher Margery Childe of the New Temple of God. Read full book review >

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TO PLAY THE FOOL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"King's calculated disdain for the received conventions of the detective story, though, only confirms her status as one of the most original talents to emerge in the '90s."
A double murder among the people who congregate in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park catches the eye of Inspector Kate Martinelli (A Grave Talent, 1993), especially since the surviving members of the homeless community, headed by a mysterious leader calling himself Brother Erasmus, cremate the first victim, a dog named Theophilus, and try to do the same three weeks later to Theophilus's owner, John. 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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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 >