Out for Mary f t sn t already too late Holmes must use all his resources calling on friends and foes from years past to unravel the clues which may save Mary s life and will absolutely alter that of his dedicated housekeeper As the pieces fall nto place will a shipwreck from 30 years ago be the key which brings Mary home alive King s very clear The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop in herntentions for the RussellHolmes series She Brenin introduced a wickedly clever young womannto the Holmes stories Mary s the female counterpart to Holmes first as his apprentice and shortly thereafter as his partner n mysteries and life In a time when females were barely considered than property Mary earned Holmes trust faith and admiration Now that I have finished The Murder of Mary Russell I have already torn through The Beekeeper s Apprentice and am trying to pace myself through the rest of this series I m kicking myself for having waited this long for such a wonderful series I highly recommend this book to all fans of Laurie R King andor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle This wasnot great Ms King can do better I m editing this review because after thinking about Doctor Who: Engines of War it for 12 hours this books still making mad and I have thoughtsI stayed up way past my bedtime to read this book so the fact that t was sonot goodticks me off And t s not that the book was bad t was just extremely boring I will now present my complaints n a list1 Mary Russell sn t murdered This sn 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 The Racehorse Who Disappeared in the book Why she would give the book this title and then repeatedly deflate the suspenses beyond me1B Speaking of Mary Russell I am so so SO over Ms King s schtick of Tweeting as Mary Russell I tend to follow authors because I want to get nfo on releases bonus chapters etc I don t care that Mrs Hudson provided us a lovely tea n rainy Sussex today Remember this point because Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten it will be salient later 2 Speaking of Mrs Hudson was ANYONE asking for a novel about her 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 books the backstory of Mrs Hudson her mother her father and her sister Somehow Ms King manages to take what could be an Sutherlands Rules interestingdea how and why the segments of the British population ended up n Australia n the 1800 s and make An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) it EXCRUTIATINGLY boring For over a hundred pagest s So and so went here and did this Then they went to there and did that The backstory nvented n this book for Mrs Hudson Trafiquants et navigateurs sur le Bas-Danube et dans le Pont Gauche a l'epoque romaine (Philippika - marburger altertumskundliche abhandlungen) (German Edition) is thin andt 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 especially Sherlock Lots of panicking not thinking things through generally acting like a third rate village constable that regularly earn scorn from the Holmes brothers 5 The ending When Dimple Met Rishi is ambigous and annoyingly so You are lead to believe that Mrs Hudsons going away probably forever because reasons dumb ones IMO Mary s distraught I m not marking this as a spoiler because remember what I said earlier about Mary Russell and her Twitter feed Yeah deflated suspense all over again Look I bought this book n hardback I ll buy the next one n hardback This s a great series overall This book Night Watch isn t worthy of the series It can t even fall back on the silliness excuse used to explain the nonsensen THE PIRATE KING I appreciate that Ms King works hard to keep writing new books End of Day in her various series and releasing themn a timely fashion But honestly I d rather have a really good or even great book every two or three years than mediocre banality every year Take some time off Ms King It s ok We ll wait When Mrs Hudson arrives home from her shopping she s shocked to find trails of blood but even shocking s that Mary Russell Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre is nowhere to be found Putting an adn the paper the signal she uses when she needs Holmes to come as soon as possible So here Israel! Do You Know? it beginsLong readers of this series aren for a treat because for the first time we are taken Korean War 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 andts secrets always seems to come back to haunt and so t s n this case which will take them all back many many years before arriving once again n the future and the answer Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law it provides As always extremely entertaining evenf n this one Sherlock s not the main star Love this series t s never dullARC from Netgalley. A Hudson Or rather to Clarissa the woman she was before Baker Street The key to Russell’s sacrifice lies Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success in Mrs Hudson’s past To uncover the truth a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deepnto his housekeeper’s secrets to a time before her disguise was assumed before her crimes were buried away There s death here and murder and trust betrayed And nothing will ever be the sa.
I am a newcomer to the Mary Russell series and whilst n the past have deliberately strayed from the previous books the premise of this latest nstallment genuinely did piue my nterest thus I went Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World into The Murder of Mary Russell sans preconceived notions and with an open mind The first chapter starts out all right A mysterious visitor claiming to be Mrs Hudosn s son comes calling and we get to see Russell make what she would have the reader believe are astute but are mostly only just common sense observations before thencident which lends the book ts title occurs So n all honesty I confess to not being overly Let's Talk 3 Student's Book impressed with her but did not dislike Mary Russell either and was all set to sit back and enjoy a nice juicy mysteryExcept that never happened Because what we get starting with Chapter 2 and ending around Chapter 28 with about three or so extraneous chaptersnterspersed between consisting of Mary Russell s POV Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? is a sordid background drama surrounding the early life an times of Mrs Hudson that was not only tediousn the extreme European State Aid and Tax Rulings it was worthy of Days Of Our Lives than a mystery novel It was an endless mind numbingly boring narrative and uite possibly the literary euivalent of Chinese water torture This was truly the most shoddily executed book I ever read theres no mystery no suspense not even a bit of mild tension Nothing And all because the reader s simply being spoonfed the entirety of nformation pertaining to the The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra incidentn Chapter 1 The Complete Paladin's Handbook instead of facts coming to light gradually during the course of annvestigation And the motivation for the crime the less said about that the better Cue page 200 The Lake ish whereupon Sherlock Holmes finally enters stage left to take over whats being deemed the murder Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way investigation of his wife Never mind this ought to have been Chapter 2 Mrs King s version of the Great Detectives woefully The Devil Aspect inept and somehow even his analysis of the bloodstains are made to be dull and tedious And his characterization was so off the markt made me cringe Literally the vast majority of this book read like an overblown plot outline and was such a Mary Sue fan fiction complete with SuperEvilVillains even EvilHeteronormative White Males who start out as decent human beings only to magically turn nto EvilHusbands once they trick women nto marrying them An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, it was all I could do not tonwardly cringe The thread of misandry was so apparent I realized when the second male child was born Four Corners Level 1b Workbook it wouldn t fare well for the mother hintt didn t because male babies had a habit of making their mothers Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders ill or ded as the proverbial door nail here UghI would never have finished this unimaginably boring train wreckf I did not feel obligated to provide the publisher with my honest opinions And I am genuinely sorry that I could not find any redeeming factors Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) in this novel which I usually try to do even when I give a negative review This turnednto a really good murder mystery Sherlock Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises is not the central characternstead Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives its the womenn his life his young wife and the Kaltblau indomitable Mrs Hudson In this book we learn about Mrs Hudson s background It s writtenntermittently with the current murder n progress Not one of my favorite story techniues but t seemed to work wellI m usually picturing the characters standing by checking their watches while the scenes on the next stage progress 35 starsLet me get a couple of things out of the way First I m a huge fan of this series wait Between Octobers impatiently for eachnstalment Second this Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian 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 the title thiss a book about Mrs Hudson What follows Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia is the extremely detailed story of her life from birth to present day And while I ve always found her an engaging secondary character shes not why I read these booksWith the bulk of space devoted to her history Mary Holmes are reduced to minor characters There are The Taming of the Werewolf initially a few short chapters that detail Mary s encounter with someone from the housekeeper s past but Holmes doesn t appear until the halfway markI read these because I love following ourntrepid couple on their adventures For me everything revolves around the fascinating relationship between the famous detective his young bookish wife Their shared Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) intelligence witty dialogue are the foundation of each 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 thenjection of Mary Holmes nto the storyMrs Hudson has led a surprisingly colourful life so f you ve ever wondered about her how she ended up with Holmes give this a try Just know t s a departure from previous books n the series THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL First Cosmic Velocity is the fourteenth bookn the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and I have read every single one of the books This series Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills is actually one of my absolute favorites and to say that I ve been waiting to read this books an understatementREAD THE WHOLE. Mary Russell s used to dark secrets her own and those of her famous partner and husband Sherlock Holmes Trust s a thing slowly given but over the course of a decade together the two have forged an ndissoluble 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.
REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION Mary Russell s confronted by an unknown man at her home n the Sussex Downs Sherlock Holmes s away for a few days and Mrs Hudson s n town at the market Mary figures out this man appears to think Mrs Hudson Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 is his mother and from there the past becomes alive as the reader discovers the entire backstory of Mrs Hudson and how she came to work for Sherlock Holmes Fascinating story building about a beloved character Well written as always the mysterytself Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition is decent and Holmes and Russell are everything I have come to expectHoweverThe 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 anndependent human came Code Name: Bikini into his life by her own free choice Worse Mary toos now beholden to the brothers to hide her own act one that would have been fully justified Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy if allowed to come honestly to light What was a household of mutual appreciation and sharedntelligence has become one of secrets Instead of acting together these characters now act alone for what they each perceive mostly wrongly as the others benefit It serves no one and makes for an unpleasant storyBeyond that I enjoy 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 eyes showed up and afterwards I found only disappointment So while King s writing remains as excellent as ever her storytelling choices n this case left me wanting better The title of this latest Mary RussellSherlock Holmes s enough to make long time fans Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten 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 bestn the series There s so much of the unexpected and t s all so beautifully written that I can only conclude Laurie s a genius The characters are all cleverly written creating a sustained nterest Bankerupt in the scoundrels as well as the admired Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes Butt 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation is Mrs Hudson who steals the shown this book It so happens that Mrs Hudson has a past and what an Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace interesting past this uiet efficient woman has She didn t just appear at 221 Baker St a grown woman with no history Her storys uite worthy of ts own tellingAnd now I have to stop short of revealing the plot of this gripping story as that would diminish the joy for others of discovering every savory surprising tidbit that makes this book one of the best books I ve had the pleasure of reading The only final nformation that I dare mpart s that there Wishing for a Home is blood uite a substantial bit on the floor of the parlorn the Sussex house shared by Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell and Mary Russell Dreamsnake is missing Ready set read I am not a huge fan of novels that jet set between continents and leading readers through a whirl wind tour of exotic locales Thiss unusual I know but I want my novels to be based The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, 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 standalone novel that moved men ways I can t explain Of course I The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping immediately dovento Folly and followed up with A Darker Place Her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series never grabbed my attention enough although I know her writing Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte is fabulous Russell and Sherlock visited too many foreign lands for my taste and I wasn t that excited about a detective that has already been written re written and exhausted However the ARC from Netgalley for The Murder of Mary Russell caught my eye and I thought Why not maybet s time to dive nto this series After all t appears that Mary s dead Perhaps this s the end and King will return to the standalone books I so love And then I started reading Mary Russell s caught home alone when a mysterious male visitor who dentifies himself as Mrs Hudson s son arrives Mrs Hudson Sherlock s housekeeper of many years has had little to no contact with her son since leaving him with her sister to raise many years ago Already on high alert Mary allows the man How to Worry Less about Money inside to wait for Mrs Hudson whos out of the house on a grocery trip Things uickly go from concerning to violent and the reader s left guessing what happened during a deadly physical struggle until the last few chapters of the book Sherlock s uick to unlock keys to the mystery set keenly nto how the house was left after the absence of Mary s discovered He has little to go on other than descriptions and pictures Mrs Hudson and the police have taken of the scene He understands from the blood left behind that time s running. 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 n his hand In a devastating Children of the Future instant everything changes And when the scenes discovered a pool of blood on the floor the smell of gunpowder Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament in the air the most shocking revelation of alls that the grim clues point directly to Clar.
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