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The Game (Mary Russell Novels) Hardcover – Mar 2004


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553801945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553801941
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Daunting, mysterious, warm, inviting and ferocious. Read it!' Historical Novels Review Society --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 17 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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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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Another educational and entertaining tale set in a pre independent India where characters are writ large on a complicated chess board of political intrigue.
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By Mrs Rita M Mew on 17 Dec 2012
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Loved this, nice easy read. Am working my way through series and thoroughly enjoying. Would recommend this to Sherlock Holmes readers
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By annem on 1 Nov 2012
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The weaving of this adventure with Kipling's story, Kim, is so enjoyable. The ending is very exciting and made me read Kim again.
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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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