The Murder of Mary Russell

The Murder of Mary Russell

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2016
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"Has Laurie King followed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's footsteps and killed off her protagonist? Sherlock Holmes is back in the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child has hailed as "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today"--but is Mary Russell? When the novel opens, the shabby carpet of 221B Baker Street is drenched in blood--and no one knows the fate of Mary Russell. Could this be the final performance for the world's best-known Holmesian author?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804177900
Branch Call Number: MYS F KIN
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 24 cm

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fred98115
Sep 09, 2017

Mrs. Hudson has been a presence in the Holmes stories, and now she becomes the centerpiece in this well-written mystery. Mrs. Hudson had a dubious youth, one which led to secrets and death. These return to visit more mayhem on the trio of Holmes, Russell, and Hudson.

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brangwinn
Mar 26, 2017

Another great story weaving Sherlocks Holmes into a strong supporting character, sidekick to his strong, independent wife, Mary Russell. This one is vital to any Sherlock Holmes fan, because it creates a fascinating past life for Mrs. Hudson and how she came to be the Holmes housekeeper. According to Laurie King, there’s a lot more to the quiet, dignified woman than she permits the reader to see in previous books. Well-written and a book that makes great escape reading.

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 11, 2017

I agree that the title's misleading. I hoped from the beginning that it would be. And I missed the byplay between Holmes and Russell. Nonetheless, I loved having Mrs. Hudson move from the background to the foreground. And I loved seeing the criminals shift to the foreground too. I did have to go back and reread some sections, as this one's much more complex than some others in the series. All that said, the trick works, fortunately. Will we learn more of Clarissa in Monte Carlo? That would be nice. And what will Holmes and Russell do for a housekeeper? A most satisfying read.

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s390325
Dec 25, 2016

Another fantastic Mary Russell story. I am kind of sad that now I have to wait for the author to write another book before I can read another story (I started reading this series a few months ago). I have to admit that due to the story skipping back and forth in time, it wasn't until I re-read it that I felt like I understood some of the more subtle plot details. I also like the fact that the author puts in details from an actual Conan Doyle story in her story, then expands upon it. (**Spoiler alert**) I felt like this book should have been called "The Murder of Mrs. Hudson", if only for the fact that it would not have frightened me with the thought of Mary Russell and the series dying. I also felt that this was less of a "what happened here?" mystery as it was learning quite a bit about Mrs. Hudson's past. I think it is a bit of a stretch and perhaps not true to Sherlock Holmes's character that (even at a young and impetuous age) he would provide a personal, profitable parole for a young woman on the wrong side of the law and in a bad place, especially when that meant that she would be his landlady and have plenty of opportunities to poison him or find some other convenient accident to kill him. The fact that he professes that there will never be any romantic connection between them makes it even more unbelievable. Perhaps if she had been a very active member of the Irregulars, it would be more understandable, but that is not possible given her near constant presence in the Conan Doyle stories. I think it is just a convenient way to tie in her backstory. Really, even if you were a great actor, would you want to play the role of a housekeeper for 40 + years? Towards the end of the book I think we get a better view of Mrs. Hudson's intelligence and also a brief moment where she is still questioning how to view Sherlock Holmes, jailer or savior? (I realize that is not quite how she puts it). My main complaint is, I don't want Clarissa, I want Mrs. Hudson back, with the traditional, comforting ways, always looking out for Mary and Holmes. I realize she might be nothing more than a stereotype until this book, but I have a hard time picturing Holmes without Mrs. Hudson in the background. Also, Holmes and Mary care about her and how are they going to get in touch with her when she's living the high life in Monaco?

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laphampeak
Aug 06, 2016

This is the first book I've read in King's series. It has enough mystery, enough history - but Just enough. If you've seen the latest Sherlock PBS series and read other Sherlock Holmes writings this is just a small addition of variety. This book, however, does not stand alone as a significant contribution.

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ChaChaRobin
Jul 27, 2016

Enjoyable, quick read. This is a fun series.

I found this book to be short on action, not as interesting as some of the earlier ones in the series, but still very much worth reading.

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21221018293347
Jul 25, 2016

Even though this book is more about Mrs. Hudson than the murder of Mary Russell, it was a good book. Not the best of the series, (but there have been a few that I have not enjoyed at all) but well worth the read. I really enjoyed hearing about Mrs. Hudson's background.

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jeffreyochsner
Jun 18, 2016

This whole series is terrific! And who would have guessed that Mrs. Hudson had such a fascinating back story? I agree with the other comments below that the title is dumb, but I enjoyed this book. The plot kept my interest, and the connection between past and present is eventually made. This is not the best book in the series, but it is a worthy entry. Like any series, it must be read in order for maximum enjoyment.

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LauraSteinert
Jun 17, 2016

Stupid title. Stupid Library Journal review. The book is the history of Mrs. Hudson and is fascinating. The first half the book is often annoyingly interrupted with a fake-y "worry" that Mary Russell was injured or killed, and I couldn't have cared less as she clearly wasn't. That is not a spoiler as you will see when you read the mess the police made of the crime scene. None of this takes place at 221B Baker Street, again clearly, since Mary Russell was not even born when Holmes left that address. Ignore the reviews and title and just lose yourself in the discovery that you have long ignored one of the most interesting of all the Conan Doyle characters!

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emerge
Feb 11, 2016

Let me get a couple of things out of the way. First, I'm a huge fan of this series. Second, this is a well written book. So why the 3 stars?
The title is misleading. It starts with a bang when Mary opens her door to a stranger. But this book is really about Mrs. Hudson. We get the 411 on her parents, her childhood & how she met Holmes. Interspersed are short chapters on Mary's present day encounter with a man from Mrs. H's past.
But Mary & Holmes are minor characters & Holmes doesn't appear until the halfway mark.
Some people may enjoy it but I read these books because I love following our intrepid couple on their adventures. For me, everything revolves around the fascinating relationship between Mary & Sherlock & I missed their interaction & the usual witty dialogue.
So the book really started at the 70% mark (IMHO), going from a tough slog to page turner at that point.
As stated, it's well written so if you've ever wondered how Holmes got his housekeeper, give it a try. Just know going in it's a big departure from previous books in the series.

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carolen253
Jul 06, 2016

"My voice strangled to a halt as I stepped into the sitting room and looked into the working end of a revolver."

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