[PDF/EBOOK] The Murder of Mary Russell
PDF/EBOOK The Murder of Mary Russell
Son provided us a lovely tea in rainy Sussex today Remember this point because it will be salient later 2 Speaking of Mrs Hudson was ANYONE asking for a novel about her especially from Ms King I generally like the books re told from the POV of a minor character genre but this wasn t that Two thirds of this book is the backstory of Mrs Hudson her mother her father and her sister Somehow Ms King manages to take what could be an interesting idea how and why the segments of the British population ended up in Australia in the 1800 s and make it EXCRUTIATINGLY boring For over a hundred pages it s So and so went here and id this Then they went to there and City of Big Shoulders did that The backstory invented in this book for Mrs Hudson is thin and itoesn t Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles do justice for that fine lady3 The villians are never fullyeveloped They are villianous just because they woke up that way I guess 4 For a Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell book Holmes and Russell are given very little screen time It s all Hudsons all the time The time that Holmes and Russell are around they are acting very out of character especially Sherlock Lots of panicking not thinking things through generally acting like a third rate village constable that regularly earn scorn from the Holmes brothers 5 The ending is ambigous and annoyingly so You are lead to believe that Mrs Hudson is going away probably forever because reasons My Name is Bob dumb ones IMO Mary isistraught I m not marking this as a spoiler because remember what I said earlier about Mary Russell and her Twitter feed Yeah eflated suspense all over again Look I bought this book in hardback I ll buy the next one in hardback This is a great series overall This book isn t worthy of the series It can t even fall back on the silliness excuse used to explain the nonsense in THE PIRATE KING I appreciate that Ms King works hard to keep writing new books in her various series and releasing them in a timely fashion But honestly I rather have a really good or even great book every two or three years than mediocre banality every year Take some time off Ms King It s ok We ll wait I am not a huge fan of novels that jet set between continents and leading readers through a whirl wind tour of exotic locales This is unusual I know but I want my novels to be based in one location preferably the USA With that being said I became a HUGE fan of Laurie R King when I read Keeping Watch a standalone novel that moved me in ways I can t explain Of course I immediately ove into Folly and followed up with A Darker Place Her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series never grabbed my attention enough although I know her writing is fabulous Russell and Sherlock visited too many foreign lands for my taste and I wasn t that excited about a etective that has already been written re written and exhausted However the ARC from Netgalley for The Murder of Mary Russell caught my eye and I thought Why not maybe it s time to Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary dive into this series After all it appears that Mary isead Perhaps this is the end and King will return to the standalone books I so love And then I started reading Mary Russell is caught home alone when a mysterious male visitor who identifies himself as Mrs Hudson s son arrives Mrs Hudson Sherlock s housekeeper of many years has had little to no contact with her son since leaving him with her sister to raise many years ago Already on high alert Mary allows the man inside to wait for Mrs Hudson who is out of the house on a grocery trip Things uickly go from concerning to violent and the reader is left guessing what happened uring a eadly physical struggle until the last few chapters of the book Sherlock is uick to unlock keys to the mystery set keenly into how the house was left after the absence of Mary is The Majors Daughter discovered He has little to go on other thanescriptions and pictures Mrs Hudson and the police have taken of the scene He understands from the blood left behind that time is running out for Mary if it isn t already too late Holmes must use all his resources calling on friends and foes from years past to unravel the clues which may save Mary s life and will absolutely alter that of his Miss Shumway Waves a Wand dedicated housekeeper As the pieces fall into place will a shipwreck from 30 years ago be the key which brings Mary home alive King is very clear in her intentions for the RussellHolmes series She introduced a wickedly clever young woman into the Holmes stories Mary is the female counterpart to Holmes first as his apprentice and shortly thereafter as his partner in mysteries and life In a time when females were barely considered than property Mary earned Holmes trust faith and admiration Now that I have finished The Murder of Mary Russell I have already torn through The Beekeeper s Apprentice and am trying to pace myself through the rest of this series I m kicking myself for having waited this long for such a wonderful series I highly recommend this book to all fans of Laurie R King andor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSEL. On theoorstep 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 The Touch devastating instant everything changes And when the scene isiscovered 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 irectly to Clar.
The title of this latest Mary RussellSherlock Holmes is enough to make long time fans including me of this series wring their hands and bite their nails Murder of Mary Russell Has author Laurie King lost her mind Have fans not shown how much they love Mary Well there was nothing to o but read the book and hope for the bestSo what to tell those who haven t read The Murder of Mary Russell I can tell you that Laurie King has written a brilliant book one of the best in the series There is so much of the unexpected and it s all so beautifully written that I can only conclude Laurie is a genius The characters are all cleverly written creating a sustained interest in the scoundrels as well as the admired Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes But it is Mrs Hudson who steals the show in this book It so happens that Mrs Hudson has a past and what an interesting past this uiet efficient woman has She Different Class didn t just appear at 221 Baker St a grown woman with no history Her story is uite worthy of its own tellingAnd now I have to stop short of revealing the plot of this gripping story as that wouldiminish the joy for others of The Essential Good Food Guide discovering every savory surprising tidbit that makes this book one of the best books I ve had the pleasure of reading The only final information that Iare impart is that there is blood uite a substantial bit on the floor of the parlor in the Sussex house shared by Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell and Mary Russell is missing Ready set read Well written as always the mystery itself is Textbook of Wisdom decent and Holmes and Russell are everything I have come to expectHoweverThe following contains spoilersIo not like the backstory King has chosen for Mrs Hudson Making her a criminal beholden to Holmes generosity weakens rather than strengthens the character In my headcanon she has never owed him a thing but as an independent human came into his life by her own free choice Worse Mary too is now beholden to the brothers to hide her own act one that would have been fully justified if allowed to come honestly to light What was a household of mutual appreciation and shared intelligence has become one of secrets Instead of acting together these characters now act alone for what they each perceive mostly wrongly as the others benefit It serves no one and makes for an unpleasant storyBeyond that I enjoy this series primarily for Russell s voice and an occasional glimpse from Holmes POV I got too little of that here The journey through the past I found mostly In Defence of Dogs dull until those startling grey eyes showed up and afterwards I found onlyisappointment So while King s writing remains as excellent as ever her storytelling choices in this case left me wanting better Mary Russell is confronted by an unknown man at her home in the Sussex Downs Sherlock Holmes is away for a few ays and Mrs Hudson is in town at the market Mary figures out this man appears to think Mrs Hudson is his mother and from there the past becomes alive as the reader iscovers the entire backstory of Mrs Hudson and how she came to work for Sherlock Holmes Fascinating story building about a beloved character When Mrs Hudson arrives home from her shopping she is shocked to find trails of blood but even shocking is that Mary Russell is nowhere to be found Putting an ad in the paper the signal she uses when she needs Holmes to come as soon as possible So here it beginsLong readers of this series are in for a treat because for the first time we are taken into Mrs Hudson s past a past that uite frankly I found amazing After many years as Holmes s housekeeper she has just always been there lending a helping hand when needed keeping the home front functioning and steady but oh what a past this lady has We learn how she and Billy first met and how she came to know the much younger Sherlock Holmes Of course the past and its secrets always seems to come back to haunt and so it is in this case which will take them all back many many years before arriving once again in the future and the answer it provides As always extremely entertaining even if in this one Sherlock is not the main star Love this series it is never The City in Mind dullARC from Netgalley This wasnot great Ms King cano better I m editing this review because after thinking about it for 12 hours this book is still making mad and I have thoughtsI stayed up way past my bedtime to read this book so the fact that it was sonot goodticks me off And it s not that the book was bad it was just extremely boring I will now present my complaints in a list1 Mary Russell isn t murdered This isn t a spoiler by the way because the author well Mary Russell has been saying on Twitter for months now that she Revenge (The Red Ledger doesn tie in the book Why she would give the book this title and then repeatedly No One Wants You deflate the suspense is beyond me1B Speaking of Mary Russell I am so so SO over Ms King s schtick of Tweeting as Mary Russell I tend to follow authors because I want to get info on releases bonus chapters etc Ion t care that Mrs Hud. Mary Russell is used to The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity 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 aecade 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.
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L is the fourteenth book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and I have read every single one of the books This series is actually one of my absolute favorites and to say that I ve been waiting to read this book is an understatementREAD THE WHOLE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION 35 starsLet me get a couple of things out of the way First I m a huge fan of this series wait impatiently for each instalment Second this is a well written book So you may ask why 35 starsIt begins with a bang when Mary opens her Penguins Poems for Life door to a stranger Butespite the title this is a book about Mrs Hudson What follows is the extremely etailed story of her life from birth to present ay And while I ve always found her an engaging secondary character she is not why I read these booksWith the bulk of space evoted to her history Mary Holmes are reduced to minor characters There are initially a few short chapters that etail Mary s encounter with someone from the housekeeper s past but Holmes Divine Beauty doesn t appear until the halfway markI read these because I love following our intrepid couple on their adventures For me everything revolves around the fascinating relationship between the famousetective his young bookish wife Their shared intelligence witty Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone dialogue are the foundation of each mystery they solve I missed that here The book finally took off at the 70% mark IMHO going from tough slog to page turner with the injection of Mary Holmes into the storyMrs Hudson has led a surprisingly colourful life so if you ve ever wondered about her how she ended up with Holmes give this a try Just know it s aeparture from previous books in the series This turned into a really good murder mystery Sherlock is not the central character instead its the women in his life his young wife and the indomitable Mrs Hudson In this book we learn about Mrs Hudson s background It s written intermittently with the current murder in progress Not one of my favorite story techniues but it seemed to work wellI m usually picturing the characters standing by checking their watches while the scenes on the next stage progress I am a newcomer to the Mary Russell series and whilst in the past have Down to the Sea in Ships deliberately strayed from the previous books the premise of this latest installment genuinelyid piue my interest thus I went into The Murder of Mary Russell sans preconceived notions and with an open mind The first chapter starts out all right A mysterious visitor claiming to be Mrs Hudosn s son comes calling and we get to see Russell make what she would have the reader believe are astute but are mostly only just common sense observations before the incident which lends the book its title occurs So in all honesty I confess to not being overly impressed with her but Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, did notislike Mary Russell either and was all set to sit back and enjoy a nice juicy mysteryExcept that never happened Because what we get starting with Chapter 2 and ending around Chapter 28 with about three or so extraneous chapters interspersed between consisting of Mary Russell s POV is a sordid background Dog Years drama surrounding the early life an times of Mrs Hudson that was not only tedious in the extreme it was worthy of Days Of Our Lives than a mystery novel It was an endless mind numbingly boring narrative and uite possibly the literary euivalent of Chinese water torture This was truly the most shoddily executed book I ever read there is no mystery no suspense not even a bit of mild tension Nothing And all because the reader is simply being spoonfed the entirety of information pertaining to the incident in Chapter 1 instead of facts coming to light graduallyuring the course of an investigation And the motivation for the crime the less said about that the better Cue page 200 ish whereupon Sherlock Holmes finally enters stage left to take over what is being Chain of Fire deemed the murder investigation of his wife Never mind this ought to have been Chapter 2 Mrs King s version of the Great Detective is woefully inept and somehow even his analysis of the bloodstains are made to beull and tedious And his characterization was so off the mark it made me cringe Literally the vast majority of this book read like an overblown plot outline and was such a Mary Sue fan fiction complete with SuperEvilVillains even EvilHeteronormative White Males who start out as The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, decent human beings only to magically turn into EvilHusbands once they trick women into marrying them it was all I couldo not to inwardly cringe The thread of misandry was so apparent I realized when the second male child was born it wouldn t fare well for the mother hint it The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur didn t because male babies had a habit of making their mothers ill ored as the proverbial Maharaj door nail here UghI would never have finished this unimaginably boring train wreck if Iid not feel obligated to provide the publisher with my honest opinions And I am genuinely sorry that I could not find any redeeming factors in this novel which I usually try to Kuduz do even when I give a negative A 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 pusheep into his housekeeper’s secrets to a time before her isguise was assumed before her crimes were buried away There is eath here and murder and trust betrayed And nothing will ever be the sa.
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