- Audio CD
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407494287
- ISBN-13: 978-1407494289
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Moor Audio CD – 1 Dec 2011
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When Laurie R King brought Sherlock Holmes out of retirement in The Beekeeper's Apprentice, readers were delighted. When she gave him Mary Russell, an American half his age, as a partner and wife, mystery fans around the world were astonished. Laurie R King had skilfully revived literature's most fascinating and eccentric snoop. Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realizes where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor-the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles. As Holmes and Russell work through a challenging tangle of evidence, gossip, and legend to uncover the truth, the grey mystery of the moor swirls around them.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I was first drawn to this book by its mysterious cover and the premise. I haven't read a Sherlock Holmes book before although I know who he is and what types of stories he does feature in. This book is the fourth in the series but my first. I know nothing about Mary Russell and how she came to marry Holmes so I'm thrown straight into it.
The book is very wordy and has wonderful descriptions of Dartmoor. I enjoyed the descriptions and liking a good walk myself I could picture myself up there covered in mud.
However this is what the book seems to be all about, the moors. Mary and Sherlock seem to spend an awful lot of time walking the moors. Not a lot else seems to happen in the book. As much as I was enjoying the descriptions of the landscape and all the ghostly goings on, superstitions and old stories, I was bored.
The story started of promising and I was thinking my type of book, but oh no I had had enough. Skimming the last 100 pages just to see what was what.
Unfortunately not enough in this book to thrill me and to reach out for more in the series. Lovely descriptions though. I also think that perhaps I needed to have read The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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 ›
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laurie r. king is a magnificent author. I especially enjoy the sherlock holmes series.Published 9 months ago by Marjorie F.
Ok classic Holmes it isn't but a good read with a believable plot I will read more enjoyable holiday readPublished 12 months 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 20 months ago by WB