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5.0 out of 5 stars Kim joins the team
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.
Published 17 months ago by Lynne M Burke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in an exotic place
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in an exotic place, 17 Mar 2004
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Sebastian Fernandez (Tampa, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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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. Even though there are amazingly vivid descriptions of places, people and food, it is still not clear to me what is the objective of spending almost half the book in describing the odyssey to India.
What I think the novel lacks is the usual deductive work Holmes and Russell are involved in. Instead the novel is more an adventure with spies involved, than a mystery involving the celebrated British detective and his sharp wife. Overall, the book is good, but in my opinion the quality has decreased considerably when compared to the first book in the series. For those of you that have been following this series since its beginning, I recommend you read this one too, but try not to have very high hopes. For those of you that are not acquainted with the series I would recommend that instead of this book you read "The Beekeeper's Apprentice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kim joins the team, 28 Jun 2013
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Lynne M Burke (Northwood, Middx United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Game, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it., 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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4.0 out of 5 stars beautifull book, it is worth to read it, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 12 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Sep 2014
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Brilliant - but I'm a Russell addict
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Oct 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping. Read, 8 May 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 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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