7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Can do better,
This review is from: Locked Rooms (Mary Russell Novels) (Hardcover)
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.