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Justice Hall (Mary Russell Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Laurie R. King
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28 Feb 2003 Mary Russell Novels
Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one murky riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door...literally. It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est:

A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer--or has the murderer caught them?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (28 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553581112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581119
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’

‘A novel which challenges the cliches of history’

‘King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing’

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of 'The Moor', a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleading for help. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother's death.

Not until they set eyes on Justice Hall can Holmes and Russell appreciate Marsh's dilemma. Set in a garden modelled on Eden, it is a home of unearthly perfection. But the heirs to this splendour are haunted by tragedy and scandalous rumours surrounding the death of Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke's only son, in the Great War of 1918.

While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel's war record, Russell joins an ill-fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes' cleverest disguises and Russell's most daring journeys into the unknown – from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can thy catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims?

Praise for LAURIE R KING

"Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels…civilized, ingenious and engrossing"
'Literary Review'

"Simultaneously inventive, charming, witty and suspenseful"
'Elizabeth George'

"One of the most literate and gifted writers the mystery world has seen for some time"
'Val McDermid'

"Mary Russell combines the quirky intellect of her mentor with a modern modus operandi – a heroine to contend with"
'Time Out'

"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes' character and yet somehow conjure up a woman, astute, edgy and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart"
'Washington Post'

"If there is a new P.D. James…I would put money on Laurie King"
'Boston Globe'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Justice Hall starts out far-fetched but then develops quietly and consistently into a great mystery novel. Returning from weeks spent on the wild Moors, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are ready to settle down in their Sussex cottage for a rest when there is a knock at the door. It is their Bedouin buddy Ali who, with his brother Mahmoud, had served as a guide to the disguised couple during their 1919 visit to Palestine (related in O Jerusalem).
It seems that Ali and Mahmoud aren't Middle Eastern at all. Their real names are Alistair and Marsh (Maurice). And they are not just British. Due to some heavy pruning of the family tree, Marsh is now to become the Seventh Duke of Beauville and is living in Justice Hall, the family mansion, with Ali residing down the road at Old Badger Place.
Holmes and Russell are invited to visit and are drawn slowly into the mysteries of the family and its bloodline. All of the classic British estate mystery novel cliches are here: the shot gone astray during a hunt, hidden staircases, obsequious servants, dressing for dinner, ne'er-do-well relatives, endless tromps through the estate grounds, and even a costume ball. Yet they seem vibrant and appropriate rather than tired and reheated.
Since this series is based on the author's claim of being an editor to a set of notebooks purportedly left by the mysterious Mary Russell, the reader expects these stories to be grounded in historic fact. Yet there seems to be no real Duke of Beauville, no Justice Hall, not even the local towns seem to exist in any online search. This is such a change from the previous book in the series, The Moor, where Russell and Holmes visit the very real Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould during his final year on earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice Hall. 29 Oct 2011
By sandy c
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the book kept me gripped right to the end.Laurie King at her best.Made me think about reprucussions of actions in the first world war and the travesties of Justice for those poor men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying read 19 Oct 2011
There is a most unexpected turn of events right at the beginning of this book, with characters reappearing from "O Jerusalem" but in quite a different guise. I wondered if they and the plot would survive the translation to an English country house, but they did and the entire story unfolded without a loose end in sight. As ever, Laurie R King can establish a setting and atmosphere like none other, and this book was delightful to read from beginning to end. The story itself is about righting wrongs, establishing the truth and releasing a man from a life which can only be a burden to him. Absolutely marvellous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem! 1 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought the first book of this series - The Beekeeper's Apprentice - on spec. I did not know anything about Mary Russell and I had not heard of the book or the author. I read the first page and I was hooked! Since then I have ordered each book as I finished the previous one.

Justice Hall is a very good read. The characterization is excellent, the writing is superb. It's the sort of writing that you re-read because it's so good and expresses so well. The story is part of the continuing saga of events that take place within the months of 1924 and hangs together well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very slow start 12 Oct 2011
I read Justice Hall despite not having read all previous books from this series. I recently finished O Jerusalem and was curious how the two friends from Palestine are doing.

It was a slow start. I mean I hardly could put down the previous books I read but I really struggled. It was more like a description of a strange country house party with no real plot.

But I continued and it payed off. The plot thickens and some of the characters, esp. Iris, are very good and fit to Russell and Holmes. Unfortunately there was, for me, not enough interaction between Russell and Holmes, most of their book-time was spent apart.

I found the end a little bit rushed as Ms King suddenly realised the book has to be finished.

I hope we will see Ali and Mahmoud again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God book but... 23 May 2004
By alohabr
I trust that you are familiar with Laurie R. Kings Russell-series otherwise I recommend to read the previous books first, especially The Beekeeper's Apprentice and O Jerusalem otherwise this book may make less sence to you.
I only recently discovered the Russell-series, so I had the advantage to read all the books in short order. I would wholehearteadly say that I like Justice Hall most of all but not for Holmes, Russell or the interaction between the two of them.
I like it for another resson: Ali and Mahmoud or in this case Alistair and Marsh (and also in addition Iris) are the best "guest"characters Laurie R. King wrote in the whole series. They are vivid, believable, interesting and the relationshsip between them is just fascinating (a shame-marriage between Iris and Marsh on one side, a strong subtext between Marsh and Alistair on the other). I definitely hope there will be more of them in future books.
But there is too less Russell in the book and even lesser Holmes. And Holmes is - at least for me - the reason why I buy the series. I don't necessary expect him to be more involved in the mere "action", after all he si over 60 int hsi books. But at least he should reflect more on the events and persons involved. For example I would have liked to read his opinion about the relationship between Marsh, Iris and Alistair. But he only gives a smile as answer of Russells (therefore the readers) question. I miss his (and Russell's, too, to some degree)skills of observing and deduction.
At the first sight the plot seems exciting but on the second thought there are too many and too big wholes and contradictions in it. Mrs.
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