Re the foundation of ach mystery they solve I missed that here The book finally took off at the 70% mark IMHO going from tough slog to page turner with the injection of Mary Holmes into the storyMrs Hudson has led a surprisingly colourful life so if you ve Elizabeth I ever wondered about her how shended up with Holmes give this a try Just know it s a departure from previous books in the series The title of this latest Mary RussellSherlock Holmes is Education in a New Society enough to make long time fans including me of this series wring their hands and bite their nails Murder of Mary Russell Has author Laurie King lost her mind Have fans not shown how much they love Mary Well there was nothing to do but read the book and hope for the bestSo what to tell those who haven t read The Murder of Mary Russell I can tell you that Laurie King has written a brilliant book one of the best in the series There is so much of the unexpected and it s all so beautifully written that I can only conclude Laurie is a genius The characters are all cleverly written creating a sustained interest in the scoundrels as well as the admired Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes But it is Mrs Hudson who steals the show in this book It so happens that Mrs Hudson has a past and what an interesting past this uietfficient woman has She didn t just appear at 221 Baker St a grown woman with no history Her story is uite worthy of its own tellingAnd now I have to stop short of revealing the plot of this
Gripping Story As That story as that diminish the joy for others of discovering very savory surprising tidbit that makes this book "ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I "of the best books I had the pleasure of reading The only final information that I dare impart is that there is blood uite a substantial bit on the floor of the parlor in the Sussex house shared by Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell and Mary Russell is missing Ready set read When Mrs Hudson arrives home from her shopping she is shocked to find trails of blood but ven shocking is that Mary Russell is nowhere to be found Putting an ad in the paper the signal she uses when she needs Holmes to come as soon as possible So here it beginsLong readers of this series are in for a treat because for the first time we are taken into Mrs Hudson s past a past that uite frankly I found amazing After many years as Holmes s housekeeper she has just always been there lending a helping hand when needed keeping the home front functioning and steady but oh what a past this lady has We learn how she and Billy first met and how she came to know the much younger Sherlock Holmes Of course the past and its secrets always seems to come back to haunt and so it is in this case which will take them all back many many years before arriving once again in the future and the answer it provides As always xtremely ntertaining The Baby Swap Miracle even if in this one Sherlock is not the main star Love this series it is never dullARC from Netgalley THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL is the fourteenth book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and I have readvery single one of the books This series is actually one of my absolute favorites and to say that I ve been waiting to read this book is an understatementREAD THE WHOLE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION. A 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 ver be the sa. .
Read The Murder of Mary RussellI am a newcomer to the Mary Russell series and whilst in the past have deliberately strayed from the previous books the premise of this latest ins Mary Russell is confronted by an unknown man at her home in the Sussex Downs Sherlock Holmes is away for a few days and Mrs Hudson is in town at the market Mary figures out this man appears to think Mrs Hudson is his mother and from there the past becomes alive as the reader discovers the ntire backstory of Mrs Hudson and how she came to work for Sherlock Holmes Fascinating story building about a beloved character I am not a huge fan of novels that jet set between continents and leading readers through a whirl wind tour of xotic locales This is unusual I know but I want my novels to be based in one location preferably the USA With that being said I became a HUGE fan of Laurie R King when I read Keeping Watch a sta This turned into a really good murder mystery Sherlock is not the central character instead its the women in his life his young wife and the indomitable Mrs Hudson In this book we learn about Mrs Hudson s background It s written intermittently with the current murder in progress Not one of my favorite story techniues but it seemed to work wellI m usually picturing the characters standing by checking their watches while the scenes on the next stage progress "Well written as always the mystery itself is decent and Holmes and Russell are verything I have come "written as always the mystery itself is decent and Holmes and Russell are verything I have come xpectHoweverThe following contains spoilersI do not like the backstory King has chosen for Mrs Hudson Making her a criminal beholden to Holmes generosity weakens rather than strengthens the character In my headcanon she has never owed him a thing but as an independent human came into his life by her own free choice Worse Mary too is now beholden to the brothers to hide her own act one that would have been fully justified if allowed to come honestly to light What was a household of mutual appreciation and shared intelligence has become one of secrets Instead of acting together these characters now act alone for what they Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation each perceive mostly wrongly as the others benefit It serves no one and makes for an unpleasant storyBeyond that Injoy this series primarily for Russell s voice and an occasional glimpse from Holmes POV I got too little of that here The journey through the past I found mostly dull until those startling grey Gender Justice eyes showed up and afterwards I found only disappointment So while King s writing remains asxcellent as Generations and Collective Memory ever her storytelling choices in this case left me wanting better This wasnot great Ms King can do better I mditing this review because after thinking about it for 12 hours this book is still making mad and I have thoughtsI stayed up way past my bedtime to read this book so the fact that it was sonot goodticks me off And it s not that the book was bad it was just xtremely boring I will now present my complaints in a list1 Mary Russell isn t murdered This isn t a spoiler by the way because the author well Mary Russell has been saying on Twitter for months now that she doesn t die in the book Why she would give the book this title and then repeatedly deflate the suspense is beyond me1B Speaking of Mary Russell I am so so. 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. SO over Ms King s schtick of Tweeting as Mary Russell I tend to follow authors because I want to get info on releases bonus chapters tc I don t care that Mrs Hudson provided us a lovely tea in rainy Sussex today Remember this point because it will be salient later 2 Speaking of Mrs Hudson was ANYONE asking for a novel about her From Notes to Narrative especially from Ms King I generally like the books re told from the POV of a minor character genre but this wasn t that Two thirds of this book is the backstory of Mrs Hudson her mother her father and her sister Somehow Ms King manages to take what could be an interesting idea how and why the segments of the British populationnded up in Australia in the 1800 "S And Make It EXCRUTIATINGLY Boring For "and make it EXCRUTIATINGLY boring For a hundred pages it s So and so went here and did this Then they went to there and did that The backstory invented in this book for Mrs Hudson is thin and it doesn t do justice for that fine lady3 The villians are never fully developed They are villianous just because they woke up that way I guess 4 For a Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell book Holmes and Russell are given very little screen time It s all Hudsons all the time The time that Holmes and Russell are around they are acting very out of character Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America especially Sherlock Lots of panicking not thinking things through generally acting like a third rate village constable that regularlyarn scorn from the Holmes brothers 5 The nding is ambigous and annoyingly so You are lead to believe that Mrs Hudson is going away probably forever because reasons dumb ones IMO Mary is distraught I m not marking this as a spoiler because remember what I said arlier about Mary Russell and her Twitter feed Yeah deflated suspense all over again Look I bought this book in hardback I ll buy the next one in hardback This is a great series overall This book isn t worthy of the series It can t Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) even fall back on the sillinessxcuse used to xplain the nonsense in THE PIRATE KING I appreciate that Ms King works hard to keep writing new books in her various series and releasing them in a timely fashion But honestly I d rather have a really good or ven great book very two or three years than mediocre banality very year Take some time
off Ms King It s ok We ll wait 35 starsLet me get a couple ofMs King It s ok We ll wait 35 starsLet me get a couple of out of the way First I m a huge fan of this series wait impatiently for ach instalment Second this is a well written book So you may ask why 35 starsIt begins with a bang when Mary opens her door to A Stranger But Despite stranger But despite title this is a book about Mrs Hudson What follows is the xtremely detailed story of her life from birth to present day And while I ve always found her an Fragments engaging secondary character she is not why I read these booksWith the bulk of space devoted to her history Mary Holmes are reduced to minor characters There are initially a few short chapters that detail Mary sncounter with someone from the housekeeper s past but Holmes doesn t appear until the halfway markI read these because I love following our intrepid couple on their adventures For me Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries everything revolves around the fascinating relationship between the famous detective his young bookish wife Their shared intelligence witty dialogue 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 instantverything 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 Clar. ,