The Moor (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes) Paperback – 2 May 2014
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Long-time fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, might think that their favourite sleuth met his fate at the hands of Dr Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Anyone who believes that, however, obviously hasn't read Laurie R King's delightful series featuring Holmes and his wife (!), Mary Russell. In The Beekeeper's Apprentice Holmes succumbs to the Oxford scholar's charms; now, in The Moor, fourth in the series, Holmes and Russell are summoned to Devonshire to solve a tin miner's mysterious death. Lonely Dartmoor provides plenty of opportunities for King to both relate the haunting legends of that part of the world and offer some amusing revisions to one of Holmes's most famous cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Though Holmes purists might resent the liberties taken with their hero, readers in search of a strong female protagonist, some fascinating local history, and spooky ambience will enjoy The Moor. --Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Laurie King’s Mary Russell series:
‘Mary Russell combines the quirky intellect of her mentor with a modern modus operandi, and promises to be a heroine to contend with’ Time Out
A Monstrous Regiment of Women:
‘Great fun, this, written in a high camp style that delights all the more for taking itself seriously’ Michael Painter, Irish Times
‘This is an entralling entertainment, profoundly serious in its exploration of the theological basis for feminism, and as rampantly exciting as a John Buchan tale. But since Ms King never quite takes her tongue entirely out of her cheek, it never overbalances into ponderousness’ Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice:
‘King’s novel is civilised, ingenious and engrossing. Best of all, it has heart. In contemporary fiction, whatever the genre, that’s a rare commodity’ Philip Oakes, Literary Review
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Top Customer Reviews
This series are always well worth a read. Laurie King brings carries off three significant tricks, each alone being worth the price of admission: characterisation of her leads, local and contemporary colour, and a great plot.
In terms of the first, both Holmes and Russell are depicted as somewhat prickly characters, unwilling to suffer fools gladly, and each with their own areas of interest and expertise. Russell works well by herself, but sparks of all kinds fly when her husband is around (being narrated by Russell, we never see Holmes by himself). In this book, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould also features strongly, and occasionally view with the leads for our attention. Given he is virtually bedridden, this is no small feat.
The depiction of different kinds of characters and their environments helps bring the story to life. Between those who live on the moor and those who live in the village, lords of the manor and their servants and so forth, we have no opportunity to mistake where and when the book is set. Two scenes which didn't really advance the plot but were wonderful are Russell's meeting with the local witch (as the moor dwellers call her), Elizabeth Chase, and a scene set in the pub where the locals spend the evening singing to entertain themselves - with its attendant rivalry between those who live in the village and those who live on the moor.Read more ›
Also not to be missed is the eccentric, prickly, but always fascinating character of the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, a real individual in more ways than one. Again King's scrupulous research comes into play here, as she weaves fact and fiction into a seamless whole.
Many of King's former weaknesses in crafting a mystery -- such as failing to introduce us to the villain until the very end of the story -- have been diligently amended here; and, as always, there are enough tips of the hat to (and, occasionally, sly but affectionate pokes at) the Conan-Doyle "canon" to tickle the fancy of Sherlockians. Holmes is at his ascerbic, brilliant best, and Russell shows a human, fallible side that makes her all the more likeable in the end.
This is, in my opinion, the best Russell book since THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, and more than worth the price of admission.
The Moor is no exception to the rather brilliant inventions Laurie King brings to each of Mary Russell's escapades with her hero husband, Sherlock Holmes. Detective stories with a difference, each book sparkles with wit, perception, expertise in story, style, and sensibility, acute eye for detail, and an electric personal touch in the relationship between Holmes and his wife, 30 years his junior, the intelligent, intellectual, dynamic, eclectic, fascinating Mary Russell.
I recommend The Moor as I recommend all the Mary Russell books. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a detective novel, and/or who has a secret penchant for Sherlock Holmes, will love them all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are called in to solve a murder on Dartmoor. An old haunt for Sherlock where he solved tbe case of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
Ok classic Holmes it isn't but a good read with a believable plot I will read more enjoyable holiday readPublished 1 month ago by keith vinall
Another engaging book in this series, which is a well-written and cleverly-imagined continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by WB
Excellent series of stories, I am reading them all in order again! Very good writing.Published 10 months ago by W. McDonald