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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386769
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,267,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart."--"The Washington Post Book World"
Praise for "Garment of Shadows"
"As always, the relationship between Holmes and Russell is utterly understated yet traced with heat and light."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"[A] taut tale . . . original and intriguing . . . This tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Those new to the series are in for a treat."--Bookreporter
The award-winning novels of Laurie R. King are . . .
"A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company."--"The New York Times"
"Erudite, fascinating . . . by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted."--"Houston Chronicle"
"Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Imaginative and subtle."--"The Seattle Times"
"Impossible to put down."--"Romantic Times"
"Remarkably beguiling."--"The Boston Globe"

"From the Hardcover edition."

The great marvel of King s series is that she s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart. "The Washington Post Book World"
Praise for "Garment of Shadows"
As always, the relationship between Holmes and Russell is utterly understated yet traced with heat and light. "Booklist" (starred review)
[A] taut tale . . . original and intriguing . . . This tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times. "Publishers Weekly"
Those new to the series are in for a treat. Bookreporter
The award-winning novels of Laurie R. King are . . .
A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company. "The New York Times"
Erudite, fascinating . . . by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted. "Houston Chronicle"
Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels. "Booklist" (starred review)
Imaginative and subtle. "The Seattle Times"
Impossible to put down. "Romantic Times"
Remarkably beguiling. "The Boston Globe"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

About the Author

Laurie R. Kingis the"New York Times"bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels"Touchstone"and"The Bones of Paris," and the acclaimed"A Darker Place, Folly, "and"Keeping Watch." She lives in Northern California."


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It must be at least 20 years since I last overshot my stop on the Tube, and that was because I fell asleep. Last night it happened again, but this time I was far from asleep; rather, I was captive in a dungeon underground with Mary, as she tried to break free from her shackles and save the life of the weakening Mahmoud. There are excellent reviews here which cover this period of Moroccan history and politics so I shall not rehearse them again here, but this is an exciting book in which LRK has found her form again, after the rather disappointing Pirate King. There is a novella at the end, Beekeeping for beginners, which returns to the first meeting of Holmes and Russell, and elaborates on a scenario where Russell's considerable inheritance puts her at risk from relatives who plot to.... no, read it for yourselves!
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Laurie King, please, stop churning out Mary Russell novels just because your publisher
is screaming for the next one. The first five were great, and then, slowly, book by book,
the character and originality, the verve and humour, the very life of the two leading
people has been bled dry. Stop. Pirate King was awful. This was awful. Enough. Please.
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I love it when authors return to their usual quality after a failed attempt at doing something really interesting. The last Laurie R. King Sherlock Holmes novel was a seriously weak attempt at farce. In her latest Holmes novel, Garment of Shadows, King returns us to the Holmes and Mary Russell we all know and love. With political intrigue, investigation, twists and turns, as well as some great historical information, this is a standout novel and a refreshing return to the normal.

After the events of The Pirate King, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are in Morocco in 1924. The novel opens with Russell waking up locked in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there, a painful headache the only reminder of what has happened. She's covered in blood, which can't be a good sign. She still has her wits, and when soldiers come banging on her door, she's able to get away. Meanwhile, two old friends have drawn Holmes into a growing conflict between France, Spain, and the strengthening Moroccan independence movement. War may be coming to Morocco. Will Russell find her memory--and Holmes--before things get worse?

I love the conceit in King's books that Russell is their author and King merely the editor. There's even an author's note in Garment of Shadows about how some of the events in the book happened while she wasn't there, and that she took them from disjointed segments, remarks, and testimonies told over the next few weeks and even years. She says that if this makes readers think the book is fiction, so be it.

King demonstrates that the previous book was just a bump in the road, bringing back the suspense and mystery that her books are known for and allowing the brief humorous asides to lighten the mood instead of trying to be zany.
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I think I may call it a day for Mary Russel. I have loved these books, but I think the ideas are running thin, and the last three have been disappointing for me. This latest is certainly an improvement on the last, but has nothing of the cleverness of the earlier novels. I think I shall save my money and do some re-reading instead.
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It's 1924 and Sherlock Holmes is in Morocco trying to trace his wife, Mary Russell - while in Fez, a woman wakes up in a strange room, with no memory of who she is or why she's there....

I've dipped in and out of this series which follows Holmes and his sometime apprentice, now wife, on their post-Conan Doyle adventures. This certainly isn't a book for Holmes purists as, apart from the wife, Holmes also gets into some very politicised situations.

Set amongst Arab revolts against colonialism in the inter-war years, in the aftermath of T.E. Lawrence (`Laurence of Arabia'), this is a complex story of spies, gun-runners, and counter-spies, while Mycroft Holmes pulls strings from England.

I liked this a lot though it helps to have read the previous books as characters do reappear. So perhaps a challenging read to die-hard fans of the original Victorian Holmes, but an amusing read with serious undertones if you can accept a Holmes transformed.
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Like a lot of readers I was not very impressed with the 'Pirate King' compared to the previous standard of books. This book which picks up the story almost straight after however is a really good, satisfying read with everything you would expect of Holmes and Russell.
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Fast easy transaction
fast easily read...when able to hide away from the maurading hordes wanting attention
delightful stories of mary russel with sherlock......awaiting further books....bring them on
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It's 1924 and Sherlock Holmes is in Morocco trying to trace his wife, Mary Russell - while in Fez, a woman wakes up in a strange room, with no memory of who she is or why she's there...

I've dipped in and out of this series which follows Holmes and his sometime apprentice, now wife, on their post-Conan Doyle adventures. This certainly isn't a book for Holmes purists as, apart from the wife, Holmes also gets into some very politicised situations.

Set amongst Arab revolts against colonialism in the inter-war years, in the aftermath of T.E. Lawrence (`Laurence of Arabia'), this is a complex story of spies, gun-runners, and counter-spies, while Mycroft Holmes pulls strings from England.

I liked this a lot though it helps to have read the previous books as characters do reappear. So perhaps a challenging read for die-hard fans of the original Victorian Holmes, but an amusing book with serious undertones if you can accept a Holmes transformed.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher).
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