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The Murder of Mary Russell: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
By: Laurie R. King
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(as of: 06/26/17)
Manufacturer: Bantam
ISBN: 0804177929
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
Release Date 2017-03-28
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Laurie R. King’s 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.

Praise for The Murder of Mary Russell

“Leaping narrative energy has always been a hallmark of this series, and it reaches something of a peak in this latest volume. . . . The lean momentum of the story never falters. . . . It’s a stunning prolonged feat of storytelling, and it succeeds in making The Murder of Mary Russell the best installment so far in an excellent series.”The Christian Science Monitor
 
“[A] sharp, inventive and rewarding series.”The Seattle Times
 
“Delightful . . . a triumph of plotting . . . Fans, always hungry to know more personal details about King’s iteration of Sherlock Holmes and his world, will get a few more delicious tidbits this time around.”Booklist (starred review)

“Not only a high point in King’s long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they’ve been set.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Whip-smart, suspenseful and intricately plotted, The Murder of Mary Russell shines a brilliant light on an often overlooked aspect of the Sherlock Holmes universe.”Shelf Awareness
 
“A tantalizing tale of deception and misdirection for [Laurie R. King’s] readers’ delight.”LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)


From the Hardcover edition.



The latest installment in King's Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell series takes a hard turn and is not at all what the reader expects from the series. At the start, we are confronted with a situation between Russell and a man who introduces himself as Mrs. Hudson's son Samuel. Russell had no idea that Holmes' housekeeper of many, many years even had a son, much less one who hailed from Australia. And still less one who would want to do her - and all whom she loves - irreparable harm. Russell knows that Samuel intends to kill her, and all the evidence when poor Mrs. Hudson arrives home points to that unfortunate end for Mary Russell. It isn't certain that even the great detective himself will be able to piece together the clues.

The story then jumps back many years, to the days before the birth of Clara Hudson - nee Clarissa - and her shocking and convoluted past. Slowly, we catch up to Clara and Samuel Hudson and are able to understand what brought them - and Russell and Holmes - to this pass. This is a deeply complex puzzle and one that will take all the skill of more than one detective to put together.

This is a deeply compelling story, for all that it leaves Russell and Holmes sitting in the wings for the majority of it. Mrs. Hudson's story reveals a dark past and numerous secrets, all of which both she and Holmes have kept quiet about for years. But it is now time for a reckoning, and Russell, unwittingly, gets pulled straight into the middle of it.

All Holmes-Russell fans must read this novel, but they should be forewarned that it is not at all what they will be expecting. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! King is, as always, brilliant.

 
By: Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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