The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. To be honest, the mystery plot, the one that involves someone trying to kill Holmes and Russell and everyone Holmes loves, felt very much like an afterthought. However, But the next title, A Letter of Mary, did not work as well for me. Some might see this is a cop-out, but upon reading the book, I felt that King's rather odd claim worked beautifully with the story. I'm actually kind of curious to see where this series goes; King, to her credit, takes it suitably slow, and I want to be convinced by the possibility of Holmes falling for someone. I really wanted to like this book, and hoped that it would propel me into a new and exciting mystery series. I was three star enjoying it for awhile so I was surprised when the narrator kicked up the pace and turned it into a very suspenseful four stars.
But I know Agatha Christie hated what happened to Ian Fleming so much that she killed Hercule Poirot. I really loved her, ugh. I love good character development, but it needs to occur within the context of the plot, not have pages upon pages dedicated to it and not allow the story to progress. My knowledge of Sherlock Holmes is mostly from the movies, though, including that unfortunate picture in which Basil Rathbone, I mean Holmes, fights the Nazis. The narrative is rather too episodic for my taste, but there are some nice atmospheric touches.
Out with the bland, austere arm candy that many Victorian women were and in with the new, working, smart, independent modern women! This has absolutely become one of my favorites and I will definitely be continuing this series. Can this Book Stand Alone Definitely. I was pleasantly surprised that Russell develops into a character all her own and King is right Holmes himself kind of fades into the background letting Russell shine through as the heroine—unique and yet familiar. King currently lives in the Watsonville, California area, south east of Santa Cruz in the hills overlooking Monterey Bay. She's supposedly under her aunt's control but she's able to do whatever she wants. Finally, my two biggest grievances. I was wondering if you want to show your readers our brand new book club tote bags.
She is a very mature fifteen but it seemed far fetched that she could have had the freedom to do as she does in this story. I went through a lot of turmoil both in deciding to read this book and then while I was reading it. That's when it truly became a teenage girl's fanfic. A quicker response may be possible via email to info laurierking. I just googled and there are three Holmes vs. She treated Watson as though he was a dim-witted second cousin that is to be pitied.
Under Holmes's reluctant tutelage, Russell embarks on a case involving a landowner's mysterious fever and the kidnapping of an American senator's daughter in the wilds of Wales. Well I started the book and was instantly taken with both the character of Mary Russell and the prose and writing style of Laurie King. Almost too much, I have to say. Firstly I was uncomfortable with Mary only being fifteen. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. What was harder to accept was that this young woman would manifest so few of the ordinary, expected longings of one her age and instead choose to become the disciple, as it were, of an intensely cerebral gentleman almost old enough to be her grandfather. Her official forum is here on Goodreads--please join us for book-discussing fun.
I got fixated on Holmes and needed this book. In this case, of course, that thing is Sherlock Holmes. King's prose is enjoyable enough, and her dialogue is suitably witty. We read Sherlock stories, of course! Does it bring the world of the novel closer to our own? In the beginning Russell annoyed me quite often, even though I understood she was protecting herself from enormous pain and guilt derived from losing her family. Marrying despite a great age difference is a powerful affirmation of Love because at the outset it demands a conscious commitment to a dire ending, an acceptance of inevitable loss when one reaches the end of life far sooner than the younger partner would desire. Then we have the fact that Mary is obviously not his equal, demonstrated many ways from a lack of knowledge, contacts and experience to the fact we have a woman working in a predominantly male orientated world I am no historian but I do know that gender equality had a massive change after the first world war but it was far from where we are today. None o This was an easy read, nicely written with some interesting characters but a couple of problems for me.
One day while wandering the Sussex Downs reading Virgil, she nearly steps on a man lying on the ground observing bees. Holmes has been retired for many years now and spends his days tending his beehives, running his experiments and writing his magnum opus on forensic science. The first is the horror that I felt when I realized that Laurie King was gearing up for a full-fledged romance to bud between a 17 year old girl and a 60-something year old man. There are several deaths after struggles and there is some psychological violence from kidnappings and hostage situations. My first attempt to get into it failed; I was put off by the material at the beginning.
Holmes' fans followed his adventures in the paper obsessively, wrote and shared their own, and wanked epically when Conan Doyle killed him off. When 15-year-old Mary Russell almost tripped over the peculiar man while he was obsessively studying his bees, she never imagined such an accidental and clumsy encounter would change her life forever! A magical continuation of the Sherlock Holmes legend! Now, having read the first book in this series years after it appeared because Goodreads friends whose opinion I value rated it highly, I realise that pre-conceptions can get in the way of genuine literary enjoyment. I have to admit that you were completely justified in your protest. The writing style of the author is drawn out in such a way that it takes you out of the action. There are rumours that insinuate Holmes and Russell are in an inappropriate relationship and a couple of scenes of awkward tension where one party needs to change or clean in front of someone of the opposite sex. .