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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (7 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074900858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749008581
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 17 Mar. 2004
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Shortly after the First World War, in 1924, the Labour party has triumphed in England and as a result rumors about what the future will bring are abundant, creating an ambiance of political turmoil. In this setting, Mary Russell and her husband, the famous Sherlock Holmes, travel to London to visit Mycroft, whose health has deteriorated and is cause for concern. Upon arrival Mary and Holmes are presented with three documents Mycroft had received: a soldier's clearance certificate, an original enlistment and a birth certificate. These three items relate to none other then Kim O'Hara, the famous character of Kipling's book. Several rumors about Kim reached England, including that he is held prisoner by a maharaja and that he got ill and died.
Mycroft is worried about the possibility that O'Hara is using the Russians as a tool to free India and since he "cannot" travel, because of his health, he asks his brother and Mary to travel to India on his behalf and unravel the mystery. During the trip to India, Mary establishes a relationship with Sunny Goodheart, who is accompanied by her mother and her mysterious brother Tom. Holmes starts suspecting right away that there is something wrong about Tom and they follow him to the land of the maharaja of Khanpur where further events develop.
Laurie King presents an exotic land, where people practice sports like pig sticking and maharajas rule at their wanting and can indulge every desire they or their guests have. On top of this, the author throws in a mystery to complete the mix.
The second half of the novel is very good, with a good pace and events that are unfolding constantly keeping the reader interested. The beginning of the novel is very slow though, and the journey to India is excessively detailed without any clear point.
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By Carolanna on 24 Jun. 2012
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Everything Laurie R. King writes is very good, and some of it so superior that one knows to have encountered a major artist, one who can raise the level of consciousness, not an easy thing to do, and something very few care to attempt. This book is worth reading for sure, but it is not one of my favourites.
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Had to read this for a second time as it occurs chronologically immediately before her latest 'Dreaming Spires' and I needed to remind my self of where we were in the lives of Holmes and Mary Russell. Loved it just as much the second time around.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mirax on 6 Mar. 2004
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i was really looking for reading this book, the last of the russell-holmes' books. i like it a lot. like all her other holmes' books, laurie king shows sherlock holmes in a closer way than doyles' stories. This books brings you to the india in the begining of last century, holmes and russell have to find a lost spy, and this task took the reader in the middle of a difficult country, with a mess of cultures which can get them in troubles when they cant know the friend and the enemy. The other characters are very good too, and shows the different and oftenly "in war" cultures which lives in india, the militar englishmen, the little indian boy... all of them meet the pair of detectives. i recomend reading this book, the holmes-russell story is pricessless with some of very funny moments, the hardcover edition is very good too with an interesting mape at the begining that guide you in the character's travel.
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By Uda on 30 Aug. 2012
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Another brilliant Holmes/Russell story can be read again and again.Start at Beekeeping for beginners then you start the series on Beekeepers Apprentice. Highly recommended read.
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By Angela Dunford on 12 Sept. 2014
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Love these audio books. They are great when you are on a long journey as the time just flashes by. Can strongly recommend Laurie King. A very clever and engaging author.
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By Aroha on 24 Mar. 2015
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Rich detail - usual excellent sense of the relationship between Mary and Sherlock - could taste the dust - nicely worked suspense - but maye a little too long?
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Never expected to find Rudyard Kipling's Kim working with Mary and Sherlock, but it works! A taste of India in the 20's and a lovely adventure too.
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