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Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
By: Laurie R. King
List Price: $28.00
Your Price: $18.30
(as of: 11/19/18)
Manufacturer: Bantam
ISBN: 0804177961
Publication Date: 2018-06-12
Release Date 2018-06-12
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Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling series—“the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today” (Lee Child).

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam.

Russell wants nothing to do with the case—but she can’t say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and of course enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice—only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

Praise for Island of the Mad

“Superb . . . shocking . . . Come for the mystery, stay for the sightseeing, the gibes at fascism, and the heroine’s climactic masquerade as silent film star Harold Lloyd.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“[Laurie R.] King’s storytelling is always a pleasure, full of lush details and clever twists. Cole Porter, who is an integral part of the book’s LGBTQ story line, adds an unexpected and welcome star turn.”Booklist
 
“Well-plotted . . . This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series.”Publishers Weekly



This long-awaited next volume in King's delightful Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series does not disappoint. It contains a bit more in the way of historical detail than many of the earlier installments, but in today's political climate, the depiction of the growth of fascism in 1930s Europe is timely. While Russell goes on the hunt for a missing woman in Venice, Holmes undertakes to spy on Italian Blackshirts for his brother Mycroft, in the service of the King. In this book, as well, we meet more historical figures than is typical of the series.

Russell has been asked by a college friend to find her aunt, who has most mysteriously gone missing. As the aunt has normally lived in an insane asylum, the fact that she has vanished is most puzzling and disturbing. Russell follows clues from Bedlam itself, to the woman's childhood home, all the way to Venice. In Venice, we get a close-up look at the empty lives of the Bright Young Things as well as a taste of LGBTQ life when it was still illegal in most places. In the meantime, Holmes is learning more about the dangers of fascism and Benito Mussolini while trying not to attract the attention of the Blackshirts. In all, this is a novel fraught with tension and wonderful historical insights.

To say more would be to give away too much of the plot. Rest assured, this is an installment worthy of the series, and it should not be missed!

 
By: Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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