Dreaming Spies (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 13) Paperback – 22 Oct 2015
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'A story that keeps the reader enthralled... one of the most consistently outstanding mystery series out there. Any time spent with the Russell-Holmes duo is a delight' --Booklist 'intricate mystery' Historical Novels Review
About the Author
LAURIE R. KING has been writing crime fiction since 1987 and won many awards for her work in fiction including the prestigious John Creasey Dagger, the Edgar, the Nero and Macavity Awards. Her background includes such diverse interests as Old Testament theology and construction work, and she is the author of highly praised stand-alone suspense novels and a contemporary mystery series, as well as the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series. She lives in North California. Follow her on Twitter: @LaurieRKing Follow Mary Russell's tweets: @mary_russell Author's Website: www.laurierking.com
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I have been looking forward to reading this book for months and being approved for an ARC from Netgalley 4 months before the book is to be released was something that made me really really happy.
Anyway in this book we start off the story in Sussex and Oxford with the arrival of a rock and an old "friend" of Holmes and Russell. After that, we get to know what really happened in Japan before they arrived in America. Laurie R. King has as usual written a very describing and well-researched book. I felt that I was in Japan as I read and it was a wonderful treat to get to know the country and its culture throughout the story.
The only objection I have and that is that I felt a trifle impatient reading it sometimes. Because even though it was well written not so much happened, or of course things happened but alas so slowly. I wanted some more drive to the story. The story in Japan takes up 2/3 of the book and much of that was just to lay the groundwork for the story later on in Oxford. So even though I enjoyed the time on the ship from India to Japan and the time in Japan I liked the story best later on in Oxford when the game was afoot. This doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the book. I loved reading it. It was a great book and I think that fans of Laurie R. Kings books will truly enjoy reading this book.
While on a cruise ship returning from a previous novel, Holmes and Russell fall in with a Japanese lady, which ends up with a visit to the land of the rising sun.
<spoiler> Not to put too many spoilers out, the story involves the Emperor, blackmailers and ninjas. The scenes where Russell and Holmes are wandering around Japan are beautifully done and give a real sense of the country at the time. Saying that though, the actual story itself is not as well done. There are too many places where Holmes or Russell should see what's going on, too much of the plot relies on them both being oblivious to what is going on. The emphasis is more on the adventure than the detection. </spoiler>
All in not my favourite book of the series
I love The Beekeeper's Apprentice which came first in this series, but by now reading the books feels like a duty rather than a pleasure. Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Oxford scholar Mary Russell, travel widely following the Great War and not surprisingly everyone, including the Emperor Hirohito in this tale, has a case for the great detective. Holmes invariably associates with the wealthy and upper classes, while Mary does give us more insight into the varying roles of women.
Blackmail, a stolen book and a missing young woman are the main elements of crime here and we get to meet a female ninja who claims to be a spy, not assassin. By all means read this as an account of the times in the tropics, but there is little action or intensity.
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