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Laurie R. King
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2 May 2014 Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes
In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin. Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long-ago accused of murdering her husband--and of a hound with a single glowing eye. Returning to the scene of one of his most celebrated cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes and Russell investigate a mystery darker and more unforgiving than the moors themselves.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (2 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749015152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749015152
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long-time fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, might think that their favourite sleuth met his fate at the hands of Dr Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Anyone who believes that, however, obviously hasn't read Laurie R King's delightful series featuring Holmes and his wife (!), Mary Russell. In The Beekeeper's Apprentice Holmes succumbs to the Oxford scholar's charms; now, in The Moor, fourth in the series, Holmes and Russell are summoned to Devonshire to solve a tin miner's mysterious death. Lonely Dartmoor provides plenty of opportunities for King to both relate the haunting legends of that part of the world and offer some amusing revisions to one of Holmes's most famous cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Though Holmes purists might resent the liberties taken with their hero, readers in search of a strong female protagonist, some fascinating local history, and spooky ambience will enjoy The Moor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘There’s no resisting the appeal of King’s thrillingly moody scenes of Dartmoor and her lovely evocations of its legends.’
New York Times Book Review

‘King not only provides a suitably generous array of things that go bump in the night, but suplies an explanation for all the skullduggery… that’s at least as ingenious and plausible as Conan Doyle’s own.’

‘The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s 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

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sinking feeling here 10 Mar 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fourth in Laurie King's series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, this one returns to Dartmoor, the setting of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. And, like in its predecessor there are tales of a ghostly hound out on the moors, this time accompanying an equally ghostly carriage.
This series are always well worth a read. Laurie King brings carries off three significant tricks, each alone being worth the price of admission: characterisation of her leads, local and contemporary colour, and a great plot.
In terms of the first, both Holmes and Russell are depicted as somewhat prickly characters, unwilling to suffer fools gladly, and each with their own areas of interest and expertise. Russell works well by herself, but sparks of all kinds fly when her husband is around (being narrated by Russell, we never see Holmes by himself). In this book, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould also features strongly, and occasionally view with the leads for our attention. Given he is virtually bedridden, this is no small feat.
The depiction of different kinds of characters and their environments helps bring the story to life. Between those who live on the moor and those who live in the village, lords of the manor and their servants and so forth, we have no opportunity to mistake where and when the book is set. Two scenes which didn't really advance the plot but were wonderful are Russell's meeting with the local witch (as the moor dwellers call her), Elizabeth Chase, and a scene set in the pub where the locals spend the evening singing to entertain themselves - with its attendant rivalry between those who live in the village and those who live on the moor.
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For those who worried that Laurie King was losing her touch, and that the once-sparkling partnership of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes was in danger of becoming dull, worry no more. THE MOOR, despite its superficially derivative premise, is a fresh, original, and thoroughly engaging mystery featuring Russell and Holmes at their intellectual and investigative best. King has done her homework here and it shows -- she not only shows the reader the brooding vistas of Dartmoor, she transports them there.
Also not to be missed is the eccentric, prickly, but always fascinating character of the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, a real individual in more ways than one. Again King's scrupulous research comes into play here, as she weaves fact and fiction into a seamless whole.
Many of King's former weaknesses in crafting a mystery -- such as failing to introduce us to the villain until the very end of the story -- have been diligently amended here; and, as always, there are enough tips of the hat to (and, occasionally, sly but affectionate pokes at) the Conan-Doyle "canon" to tickle the fancy of Sherlockians. Holmes is at his ascerbic, brilliant best, and Russell shows a human, fallible side that makes her all the more likeable in the end.

This is, in my opinion, the best Russell book since THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, and more than worth the price of admission.
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This book features Sherlock Holmes in his late 50s, and his godfather, Revd Sabine Baring-Gould, a real person who lived in Devonshire, England from 1834-1924. The story takes place in 1923, a few weeks before Baring-Gould's death. Mary Russell, the narrator, is married to Holmes, and they have both been summoned to Dartmoor to solve a murder mystery. The story itself is weak, and requires knowledge of 'the Hound of the Baskervilles' for a full appreciation. This is compensated for, however, by the wonderfully vivid and realistic descriptions of Dartmoor, and Lew House, where Baring-Gould lived. As someone who grew up a few miles from this spot, I can vouch for the absolute accuracy of the setting. Laurie King has also read just about all of Baring-Gould's 150 books, and quotes delightfully from many of them. The skill of the book lies in the imaginative conjunction of a fictional and a real character, and for any reader with knowledge of either man, the result is very pleasing. As a lifelong afficionado of Sabine Baring-Gould, I am most indebted to King for bringing him into greater prominence.
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In The Moor by Laurie R. King, her fourth pairing of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, the author has the husband and wife team return to the moors made famous in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. This time they are summoned by the eccentric scholar Sabine Baring-Gould to explore some mysterious occurrences which includes two deaths and the appearance of a ghostly coach which is accompanied by a hellish hound with one glowing eye.
Laurie King claims in her Editor's Preface that these stories were found in a trunk that was mysteriously left at her front door. Purportedly the notes of the real Mary Russell, this story is set in 1924. Each chapter is introduced with a quote from one of Baring-Gould's many works.
Russell has her hands full with the aging and sexist Baring-Gould who has a close relationship with Holmes. The problems of a woman in male society are well portrayed, and she eventually wins the respect of the elderly scholar. It is a long story that is rich in local characters and legends. By the time of this novel Holmes and Russell have settled into a comfortable relationship based on mutual respect and the main dynamics are between them and the people of the moor.
A well-written tale with lots of atmosphere that will appeal to the historic mystery buff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive picture of Dartmoor in all its moods, ...
A comprehensive picture of Dartmoor in all its moods, plus some deep research into the life of Sabine Baring Gould, which I found very interesting having read two of his novels in... Read more
Published 10 days ago by kay young
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moor
Mary Russell joins her husband Sherlock Holmes to investigate more strange sightings on the Dartmoor moors.

Number Four in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Again, i really do enjoy this series of books, can re read them over and over too, i recommend it
Published 10 months ago by princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, enjoyable Holmes pastiche
I read Beekeeper's Apprentice with some apprehension as authors picking up historical detectives and producing follow-on series is seldom convincing, but Laurie King has produced... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Hounding the Baskervilles
Laurie R. King has founded a whole genre writing new Sherlock Holmes mysteries with a female protagonist in the lead. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by J. Scott-mandeville
4.0 out of 5 stars yheMoor
A very interesting book in the mary Russell detective stories. A twist on the original Sherlock Holmes book The hound of the Baskervilles. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by sandy c
5.0 out of 5 stars ...the footprints of a gigantic hound...
This entry in the Mary Russell Series is set on Dartmooor, and the moor is central to the story, brooding over it as the moor broods over the surrounding landscape. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2009 by LML
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and engrossing
This - the 4th in the Mary Russell series - is enormously clever as it combines real historical characters with fictional ones - it is this sort of device that brings a touch of... Read more
Published on 16 July 2008 by A. Hope
1.0 out of 5 stars ACD would turn in his grave
Like many sherlockian fans, I've read everything that ACD wrote, I've also, thanks to, bought & read many interesting "continuations" of the Watson case files. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, for King and Holmes afficionados
Leave all your preconceptions behind if you are a Conan Doyle fan and enter Laurie King's interpretation of Sherlock Holmes' new career as partner to Mary Russell. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2001
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