The Murder of Mary Russell
E-book, E-Book (USA), Paperback
|Author||Laurie R King|
|Rights||UK & Comm ex Can|
Mary Russell is well 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. But what of the other person Mary Russell has opened her heart to, that third member of the Holmes household: Mrs Hudson? Blood on the floor, a token on the mantelpiece, the smell of gunshot in the air: all point directly at Clara Hudson – or rather, at Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street. The key to Russell’s sacrifice lies in Mrs Hudson’s past, and to uncover the crime, 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.
Chris Sagar –
The end of Mary or a cunning plot? Laurie King dares to be different with this, the 14th volume in the chronicles and adventures of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, and uses Mrs Hudson in a way the reader will never have guessed possible, until now… With an entire back story filled in, and long-suppressed events extending their grasp into Russell’s world in 1925, this novel is no frivolous thing but invites the reader to reassess what REALLY happened before Russell met Holmes. King creates a Victorian London of uncanny accuracy, whilst never making it a history lesson, and it enriches this story immensely. Newcomers to this series may be advised to read the first volume (The Beekeeper’s Apprentice) to gain a ch'ravter background before reading this volume, as this will make for even more enjoyment of The Murder of Mary Russell. Those already in touch with volumes 1-13 will need no further encouragement. (This review previously posted on Amazon)
Julia Dunlop –
Just finished the chillingly-titled ‘Murder of Mary Russell’ – and I must say, Laurie has a nerve! She managed to add to the Holmes original back-story without (as far as I recall) contradicting Conan Doyle.
One of the best books in the series, and most definitely worth a read! I’m not sure about the actual ending, but it’s a cracking ride!
Probably best to read at least The Beekeeper’s Apprentice first, as a previous review suggested.