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Locked Rooms (Mary Russell Novels)

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Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King's highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling mystery series. And this time the first couple of detection pair up to unlock the buried memory of a shocking crime with the power to kill again — lost somewhere in Russell's own past.

After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family's old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior — a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell's annoyance.

In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the "unforgettable" catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary's memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn't forgotten her. Why does her father's will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?

The more questions they ask of Mary's past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent's marriage and the tragic car "accident" that a fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived — an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies...and it can kill again.

Review:

"Richly imagined....King's re-creation of San Francisco, especially the backstory during the devastating 1906 earthquake, is superb, and it's a pleasure to see the unusually competent Russell struggling with her own psyche." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Locked Rooms brims with lively 1920s color and verve, some of it in the warrens of San Francisco's Chinatown...[a] vividly imagined series." Seattle Times

Review:

"Utterly mesmerizing....In alternating sections, told in first person for Mary and third for Holmes, the unraveling of long-buried and terrifying memories also unwinds a skein of wonderful historical texture....A highlight in an altogether outstanding series." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A humdinger of a plot...plus pulsating descriptions of San Francisco's tent cities, looters, and flattened Chinatown in the quake's aftermath." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"No one, not even Conan Doyle, has ever done a better Holmes than King does..." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"This finely wrought, cleverly plotted work proves again that King is one of the finest crime novelists now writing." Globe and Mail

Review:

"The teaming of Holmes with a San Francisco investigator by the name of Dashiell Hammett is icing on the cake." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

As Mary Russell and her husband, the eminent Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, a mysterious stranger is waiting for the pair, and may be the only one who holds the key to the locked rooms that have been haunting Mary's dreams.

About the Author

Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic with the publication of her debut thriller, A Grave Talent. She is the bestselling author of four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, eight Mary Russell mysteries, and the bestselling novels A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in northern California.

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Carol Field, August 17, 2006 (view all comments by Carol Field)
In "Locked Rooms" Laurie King has placed Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes in San Francisco, investigating Mary's own past. Because Mary has always been proud and confident of her mental abilities, she becomes more and more confused by her dreams and strange behavior.

This book was a wonderful continuation of the series begun with "The Bee Keepers Apprentice".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553583410
Subtitle:
A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
King, Laurie R.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
British
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Mary Russell Novels
Publication Date:
20060328
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
6.86x4.20x1.19 in. .56 lbs.

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Locked Rooms (Mary Russell Novels)
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Product details 528 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553583410 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Richly imagined....King's re-creation of San Francisco, especially the backstory during the devastating 1906 earthquake, is superb, and it's a pleasure to see the unusually competent Russell struggling with her own psyche."
"Review" by , "Locked Rooms brims with lively 1920s color and verve, some of it in the warrens of San Francisco's Chinatown...[a] vividly imagined series."
"Review" by , "Utterly mesmerizing....In alternating sections, told in first person for Mary and third for Holmes, the unraveling of long-buried and terrifying memories also unwinds a skein of wonderful historical texture....A highlight in an altogether outstanding series."
"Review" by , "A humdinger of a plot...plus pulsating descriptions of San Francisco's tent cities, looters, and flattened Chinatown in the quake's aftermath."
"Review" by , "No one, not even Conan Doyle, has ever done a better Holmes than King does..."
"Review" by , "This finely wrought, cleverly plotted work proves again that King is one of the finest crime novelists now writing."
"Review" by , "The teaming of Holmes with a San Francisco investigator by the name of Dashiell Hammett is icing on the cake."
"Synopsis" by , As Mary Russell and her husband, the eminent Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, a mysterious stranger is waiting for the pair, and may be the only one who holds the key to the locked rooms that have been haunting Mary's dreams.
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