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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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'The Mary Russell series is the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today' Lee Child 'A wondrously taut mystery, ticking away like a malevolent clock' Booklist

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic with the publication of her debut thriller, A Grave Talent. She is the bestselling author of eight Mary Russell mysteries, four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the bestselling novels A Darker Place and Folly. She lives in northern California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3762 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553583417
  • Publisher: Bantam (21 Jun. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK5TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Mary Russell series has been extremely enjoyable, although for me this novel and "The Moor" stand out. Throughout the series we have learned about Mary's past and the tragedy that overcame her family, sending her to Sussex where she met Sherlock Holmes.

"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.
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I've enjoyed all the Mary Russell books; but this one had something special. It played on all the things we know about Russell so far, and expanded them to something quite surprising. There's no trickery, no contrivance of the characters to get them to behave the way they do; and contrary to a previous reviewer, I think this is the best one in terms of character development, and the development of the Holmes/Russell relationship, yet. This series just seems to be getting better and better.
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The title might make one think of the locked room mysteries of the Golden Age detective. Sherlock Holmes was no stranger to solving the apparently inexplicable. The setting is the 1920s - so this is the time period when these sorts of stories were at their height.

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.
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After the adventure in The Game, are Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes on a route to San Francisco to settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of Mary's family's estate. But, Mary is having awful nightmares as the ship is closing in on San Francisco. Could the nightmares have something to do with the city and the horrible earthquake that devastated the city? But, as far as Mary knows her family not even there during the earthquake, or were they?

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.
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This is the weakest of the Mary Russell series. The central idea of the novel is interesting but the writing appears to be rushed and is not up to Laurie King's usual standard. In the prologue to one of the earlier books in the series the author writes something to the effect that some writers have put Sherlock Holmes in unlikely situations and made him say unlikely things - sadly there is an element of this running through 'Locked Rooms'. This is especially the case when Holmes is talking about America and some of the dialogue does not ring true to character.

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.
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