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Locked Rooms: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
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"Locked Rooms" uses the loss of her family as a central theme and following a series of nightmares during the voyage to San Francisco (where Mary must deal with business matters) Mary is compelled to revisit the terrible events that lead to the death of her parents and brother.
The story is well structured and is an excellent mystery with an ending that doesn't disappoint. It uses the San Francisco earthquake and fire as a background for earlier events; the effect of the 1st World War on the younger generation is also shown in the brittleness of some of the new friends that Mary makes during the course of the story.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written, thoughtful mystery. Laurie R. King has great skill in developing character and in creating a psychological aspect to her stories that give them depth. This, along with the rest of the series, is highly recommended.
But that's a long way from what we get. King's story places Holmes in San Francisco and into the path of Dashiell Hammett, still earning his keep as a detective, who was to give us a very different sort of detective fiction. And the influence of that - more modern - style of detective writing hangs over the tale.
King's Holmes is not Conan Doyle's - a point she seems anxious to make herself, describing him, and presumably his stories, through the voice of Holmes, as ridiculous. Of course, Holmes always gave short shrift to the literary efforts of Watson in describing his exploits, but one can't help feeling this is part of a deliberate effort to distance this Holmes from Doyle's.
This Holmes shares many similarities with the original, but he does not have extraordinary deductive powers of Conan Doyle's version. The mystery here is spread over hundreds of pages - yet, one might think - the old Holmes could have wrapped it up in a short story.
This was my first taste of King's continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories - it possibly wasn't the ideal place to jump in. There are eight books worth of adventures to get this point and doubtless the series has been extremely rewarding for those who've followed it.
For those that haven't this book still is not without its pleasures. San Francisco makes for a great backdrop for the story: a new town, still finding its feet (as opposed to the grime of London) the famous vibrant Chinatown and the horror of the 1906 earthquake and fire.Read more ›
Mary has always lived with the guilt of causing her family's death in a car accident when she was young. And, now she is traveling back to San Francisco, for the first time since her parents and younger brother died. Her nightmare is causing her sleeping problems and she is wondering what is causing them? She decides in San Francisco to see the psychiatrist that helped her after her family's death, and she is horrified to learn that the women have been murdered. Why would anyone kill her and could it have something to do with Mary's family?
There is much going on in this book and it's interesting to learn more about Mary's family, about her life before she came to England to stay with her aunt after her family died. The story is suspenseful and secrets are revealed as the story progress. Looked Rooms is one of my favorite books in this series, sure I have a lot of them. But, this is one that has a really intensive story and learning more about Mary's past is great.
If you have enjoyed other books in the series it is worth reading 'Locked Rooms' as long as you don't expect too much in the way of character development or page turning excitement found in the rest of the series.
If you haven't read any of the Mary Russell books, then start with 'The Beekeepers Apprentice' - the first and best in the series with a cracking storyline, a book that i have re-read a number of times and still enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bit weird with Holmes having a partner but worked very well. Have now read several in this series and can fully recommend Laurie Kings writing/story tellingPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A welcome re-read of Book ...9? in this excellent series. A real fleshing-out of Mary's young life in California and a great yarn!Published 2 months ago by DLB
Recommended. Have read all of this series of books and have enjoyed them all.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Roy D. Jennings
Have just found Laurie R. King and now eagerly catching up on all her Mary Russel/Sherlock stories. Brilliant capture of period and Sherlock's quirks and methods, plus a super new... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Alan Hawkins
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