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The Murder of Mary Russell
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The Murder of Mary Russell
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series, Book 14
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • Laurie R. King's Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?

    Mary Russell is used to dark secrets—her own, and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond.

    And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson? Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson's son.

    What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him—as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered—a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air—the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson.

    Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.

    The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson's past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets—to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away.

    There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed.

    And nothing will ever be the same.
    Praise for The Murder of Mary Russell
    "Leaping narrative energy has always been a hallmark of this series, and it reaches something of a peak in this latest volume. . . . The lean momentum of the story never falters. . . . It's a stunning prolonged feat of storytelling, and it succeeds in making The Murder of Mary Russell the best installment so far in an excellent series."The Christian Science Monitor

    "[A] sharp, inventive and rewarding series."The Seattle Times

    "Delightful . . . a triumph of plotting . . . Fans, always hungry to know more personal details about King's iteration of Sherlock Holmes and his world, will get a few more delicious tidbits this time around."Booklist (starred review)
    "Not only a high point in King's long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they've been set."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "Whip-smart, suspenseful and intricately plotted, The Murder of Mary Russell shines a brilliant light on an often overlooked aspect of the Sherlock Holmes universe."Shelf Awareness

    "A tantalizing tale of deception and misdirection for [Laurie R. King's] readers' delight."LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
    From the Hardcover edition.
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • Laurie R. King's Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?

    Mary Russell is used to dark secrets—her own, and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond.

    And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson? Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson's son.

    What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him—as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered—a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air—the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson.

    Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.

    The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson's past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets—to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away.

    There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed.

    And nothing will ever be the same.
    Praise for The Murder of Mary Russell
    "Leaping narrative energy has always been a hallmark of this series, and it reaches something of a peak in this latest volume. . . . The lean momentum of the story never falters. . . . It's a stunning prolonged feat of storytelling, and it succeeds in making The Murder of Mary Russell the best installment so far in an excellent series."The Christian Science Monitor

    "[A] sharp, inventive and rewarding series."The Seattle Times

    "Delightful . . . a triumph of plotting . . . Fans, always hungry to know more personal details about King's iteration of Sherlock Holmes and his world, will get a few more delicious tidbits this time around."Booklist (starred review)
    "Not only a high point in King's long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they've been set."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "Whip-smart, suspenseful and intricately plotted, The Murder of Mary Russell shines a brilliant light on an often overlooked aspect of the Sherlock Holmes universe."Shelf Awareness

    "A tantalizing tale of deception and misdirection for [Laurie R. King's] readers' delight."LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
    From the Hardcover edition.
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    • From the book Chapter One

      9:15 a.m.

      Irony comes in many flavours, sweet to bitter. The harshest irony I ever tasted was this: when I was interrupted that spring morning, I felt only relief.

      But then, tyres on wet gravel sound nothing like the crack of doom.

      The noise caught me in the midst of an attack on the post overflowing my desk in Sussex. Since dawn, I'd been elbow-­deep in five months' worth of pleas, adverts, requests for information now out of date, proposals of joint ventures similarly belated, legal and scholarly papers in need of review, and a thin handful of actual letters from friends near and far. I wanted nothing more than to haul the lot outside and set a match to it.

      When I heard the noise, I assumed it was Mrs Hudson, returning for some forgotten element of her morning's trip to Eastbourne. However, the tyres sounded more tentative than Patrick's hand on the wheel (Patrick Mason was my farm manager and our housekeeper's occasional driver). Nor did the approaching engine sound familiar. A taxi bringing Holmes, perhaps, finished with his unspecified tasks for his brother, Mycroft? I hadn't seen my husband since he'd left Oxford, two weeks before.

      But a glance through the library window showed an unfamiliar car with London number plates and a solitary figure considerably smaller than Sherlock Holmes. The driver circled counter-­clockwise, coming to a halt before the house.

      I headed to the door with a light heart: unarguable proof that Mary Russell had no talent for reading the future.

      I stepped from the front door into the roofed portico beyond, stopping as the fickle morning sunshine gave way to another quick shower. The driver's door opened, but he hesitated, seeing not just the rain, but me. He'd expected someone else.

      "May I help you?" I called.

      "Er, the Holmeses?"

      "This is the place," I confirmed. The shower grew stronger, spattering down the drive, and although the day was warm enough, I had no wish to change out of wet clothes. I turned to rummage through the odd population of canes, sticks, and tools in the corner of the entryway, but before I could locate an umbrella that functioned, the car door slammed and footsteps hurried across the stones. I let go the handle and gave the visitor some room under the shelter.

      He was a short, stocky man in his forties, wearing a new black overcoat, an old brown suit, and a cloth driving cap that he now pulled off, snapping it clear of drops before arranging it back over his blond hair. His brief question had been insufficient to betray an accent, but it had to be either Australian or South African—­his pale blue eyes positively blazed out of sun-­darkened skin, and his suit had a distinctly colonial air to it. I had just chosen Australia when his greeting confirmed it.

      "G'day, Ma'am. Nice place you got here."

      With that greeting, I finally raised a mental eyebrow.

      A person's first words can reveal a great deal more than the speaker's origins. The closer one sticks to the traditional forms—­Good day, Madam, terribly sorry to bother you but . . . or a chatty variation such as, Dreadful weather for May, Ma'am, please don't come any further into it, I just . . . —­the smoother the transition into a stranger's life. But Nice place you got here, coupled with a blithe spattering of drops across the entry tiles and a grin that showed too many teeth? The man was out to sell me something.

      Had I actually been working that morning—­had I not been so grateful for any interruption at all—­I might simply have taken another step back and shut the door...
    Über den Autor-
    • Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen 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, Califia's Daughters (under pen name Leigh Richards), and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.
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    • Publisher's Weekly

      February 15, 2016
      Edgar-winner King’s subpar 15th Mary Russell novel (after 2015’s Dreaming Spies) opens on a quiet morning in Sussex in May, 1925. Against her better judgment, Mary, the independent wife of Sherlock Holmes, admits a stranger to her cottage, who says he’s Samuel Hudson, the son of her housekeeper and surrogate mother, Clara Hudson. Her misgivings prove warranted when he confronts her with a gun. Clara returns home to find Mary missing, a pool of blood on the floor, and the smell of gunpowder in the air. With Mary’s fate unresolved, the focus shifts to Clara, the daughter of a criminal implicated in Holmes’s very first case. Mary and Holmes fade into the background amid some florid prose (“I looked into his pale eyes, the bones of my chest cringing away from thirteen grams of leaden death”). This atypical entry will appeal mostly to longtime series fans. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency.

    • Kirkus

      Starred review from February 1, 2016
      King forswears the foreign intrigue that's increasingly dominated her Sherlock-ian pastiches (Dreaming Spies, 2015, etc.) to return to the great man's roots, which are surprisingly intertwined with those of his longtime landlady. An apparently innocent knock at the door of the retired Holmes' farmhouse brings his wife, Mary Russell, face to face with a rough-hewn Australian who announces himself as Samuel Hudson, the long-unacknowledged son of Holmes' housekeeper, and then pulls a gun. While Russell awaits her chance for the counterattack she knows will be necessary to save her life, King flashes back a generation, using a few suggestions from the Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott" to spin out the adventures of Sam's mother, Clarissa Hudson. Beginning even before her birth, the story follows the romance of Clarissa's parents, an Edinburgh governess and a London thief; the girl's early years in Australia as her father's trained accomplice in a series of increasingly lucrative "Cheats"; her repeated attempts to make something of herself, usually by trading on her improbable gifts for assuming different personalities; and the fateful moment when her path crosses that of the young Sherlock Holmes, who transforms her into Clara Hudson and sets her life along a profoundly different path. When the story finally returns to the present, both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they've been set. The real star, however, is Clarissa Hudson, whose touching, remarkable, and wholly absorbing life story offers not only a high point in King's long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology. Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get.

      COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    • Library Journal

      November 1, 2015
      Where's Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes? No one knows, but the carpet at 221B Baker Street is soaked with blood. Now publicity (not to mention the title) is making us worry that this is the end of Mary Russell--and King's long-running series. The last eight titles have all been top 20 "New York Times" best sellers, and 2015's "Dreaming Spies" was a LibraryReads pick. Look for the original eShort, "The Marriage of Mary Russell", to set the stage for this book in March 2016.

      Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Advance praise for The Murder of Mary Russell "Not only a high point in King's long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they've been set."
    • Lee Child Praise for the award-winning novels of Laurie R. King "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 "The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."
    • The Boston Globe "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."
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