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10 thoughts on “Garment of Shadows

  1. Lightreads Lightreads says:

    I genuinely like this series of memoirs from Sherlock Holmes s late life partner and wife, but I shake my head in bafflement over every second or third one This is a story of amnesia and intrigue in French and Spanish Morocco in the early 1920 s A lovely sense of place, as usual, but otherwiseno There is a good book here, it s just that this book only intersects with that one for about twenty pages The emotional crux of the book lies neither with Holmes nor Russell, and we only get to I genuinely like this series of memoirs from Sherlock Holmes s late life partner and wife, but I shake my head in bafflement over every second or third one This is a story of amnesia and intrigue in French and Spanish Morocco in the early 1920 s A lovely sense of place, as usual, but otherwiseno There is a good book here, it s just that this book only intersects with that one for about twenty pages The emotional crux of the book lies neither with Holmes nor Russell, and we only get to know what it actually is in dried out retrospect, recounted in one of the endless attempts to explicate the overbaked plot into something digestible by way of everyone sitting around and talking about it for pages on end.I mean, I respect her for trying new things, I totally do The last book was a pirate caper, this one is a straight faced amnesia espionage story Just, when you try new things, sometimes they re a miss And at this point, I really, really, really wish this series would cough up a good old murder mystery Remember those Sherlock Holmes solved them Yeah Me neither


  2. Kim Kim says:

    I started out loving this series However, when I read Pirate King, I thought it was all over between me and Laurie R King It s taken me a while to get over my disappointment with that particular offering However, when I wanted something light to read, I found my way back to her work Better than Pirate King, but nowhere near as good as earlier books in the series, this installment in the series served its purpose by giving me something reasonably engaging and easy to read Mary Russell and Sh I started out loving this series However, when I read Pirate King, I thought it was all over between me and Laurie R King It s taken me a while to get over my disappointment with that particular offering However, when I wanted something light to read, I found my way back to her work Better than Pirate King, but nowhere near as good as earlier books in the series, this installment in the series served its purpose by giving me something reasonably engaging and easy to read Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are in Morocco, Mary has amnesia and friends from earlier in the series make a reappearance Political highjinks ensue I may have beenengaged if I had known about early 20th century Moroccan history, but it was interesting enougth No doubt I ll be back for


  3. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    Ah, much better..After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one However, my trepidation was unnecessary Ms King is back in fine form Russell and Holmes are up to their necks again in international intrigue and all s right in this reader s world.The plot is an intricate one, involving the Rif Rebellion in Morocco in the early 1920s I am always happy to learn new to me bits of history, so I loved all the background info The local politics Ah, much better..After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one However, my trepidation was unnecessary Ms King is back in fine form Russell and Holmes are up to their necks again in international intrigue and all s right in this reader s world.The plot is an intricate one, involving the Rif Rebellion in Morocco in the early 1920s I am always happy to learn new to me bits of history, so I loved all the background info The local politics have international repercussions, of course, and the outcome that would best suit England isn t necessarily the one that would best suit the people of Morocco The French envoy is a historical figure and King does a nice job working him into the story.The book blurb gives a good idea of the bones of the story The plot is nicely full of twists and turns as the puzzle pieces fall into place And, just when you think it has all been settled, there s one final zinger Well done, Ms King For those who have problems with amnesia as a plot device, I thought Mary s was handled in a believable manner Best scene in the book, IMO, is when Mary and Holmes are first reunited Can t wait to see what the author has next in store for our intrepid duo


  4. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I found the previous book Pirate King, to be a bit of a letdown I usually love these books, but Pirate King just didn t work for me But, this book did, the story was interesting and captivating Mary Russell wakes up in a room in Morocco with no memory of who she is There are soldiers pounding on the door and blood on her hands She is clothed like a man and she discovers while running from the soldiers that she is quite skilled when it co I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I found the previous book Pirate King, to be a bit of a letdown I usually love these books, but Pirate King just didn t work for me But, this book did, the story was interesting and captivating Mary Russell wakes up in a room in Morocco with no memory of who she is There are soldiers pounding on the door and blood on her hands She is clothed like a man and she discovers while running from the soldiers that she is quite skilled when it comes to picking locks and pockets Now she just needs to find out who she is Sherlock Holmes meanwhile is trying to stop a war but also trying to find out what has happened to his wife that has gone missing This series is great, I recommend it to anybody that likes historical mysteries


  5. Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness says:

    loved this entry in the Mary Russell series What a fantastic, well crafted beginning, and the rest of the story unfolds beautifully.


  6. Kerry Kilburn Kerry Kilburn says:

    I am a die hard Laurie R King fan and have been since I read her first book not long after it was published I can t think of another author who has written as many different kinds of protagonists and set stories in as many different kinds of settings as she has, or who has crossed genre lines as successfully Her sense of place is always a joy to experience, her research impeccable, and her prose extraordinary While those elements are present in this latest installment of her Mary Russell seri I am a die hard Laurie R King fan and have been since I read her first book not long after it was published I can t think of another author who has written as many different kinds of protagonists and set stories in as many different kinds of settings as she has, or who has crossed genre lines as successfully Her sense of place is always a joy to experience, her research impeccable, and her prose extraordinary While those elements are present in this latest installment of her Mary Russell series, I found the book disappointing after a long string of truly outstanding offerings As another reviewer noted, we got a lot of telling in this book and relatively little showing, which was unfortunate given the unique opportunities presented by Russell s amnesia at the beginning of the book I also found that the emphasis on political intrigue required a lot of exposition that kept me from becoming as emotionally involved with the characters as I normally do It also seemed to overshadow any of theinteresting personal and interpersonal conflicts, resolution, and growth that, to me, make a series worth following It s still a good read just not the same caliber as her other recent work I don t regret buying or reading it, and will undoubtedly revisit it, though


  7. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in this book I m not sure if I am reading a travelogue or an exposition on the early 20th century political history of Morocco While I appreciate some history, several pages of exposition regarding the Rif Revolt, M Lyautey, and the Abd el Krims were superfluous And the descriptionsyes, she has amnesia and yes, she is trying to decipher clues to her identity, but do we really need several pages of descriptions of the various alleys and shops in I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in this book I m not sure if I am reading a travelogue or an exposition on the early 20th century political history of Morocco While I appreciate some history, several pages of exposition regarding the Rif Revolt, M Lyautey, and the Abd el Krims were superfluous And the descriptionsyes, she has amnesia and yes, she is trying to decipher clues to her identity, but do we really need several pages of descriptions of the various alleys and shops in Morocco I m just beginning Chapter 13 and I must admit that a little less descriptive narrative would be welcome.Also, where does the suspense come in This is historical fiction and unlike Locked Rooms, Justice Hall or The Language of Bees God of the Hive which is my favorite by the way , we sort of know the outcome Yes, there is some adventure and yes we have the Hazr brothers back, which is lovely, but I m find myself slogging through this one Most of the time, I devour Ms King s books in one or maybe two sittings It s taken me a week to get halfway through this one Hopefully, it gets better.Update It didn t Not enough of Holmes Russell until almost the final two chapters Not enough of the Hazr brothers A relatively simple plot about spies and international relations madeconvuluted by Russell s continued confusion about her brother in law and his motives.One additional comment I love the character of Mary Russell Holmes but my suggestion is that it is time for her to move on regarding Mycroft Her naivete regarding the means and the methods that a government will use to achieve its agenda is unrealistic in my opinion for a highly intelligent feminist living in the turn of the 20th century The world is not full of sunshine and lollilops or noble men doing noble deeds for noble reasons


  8. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    Laurie King has made her literary stock and trade from the imagined relationship between a retired Sherlock Holmes and a young apprentice partner, Mary Russell To say stock and trade is not to denigrate only to acknowledge that according to Goodreads, this is 12 in her series Though King builds on what we have been given by Arthur Conan Doyle as the consummate detective, King does not ape his style, though she is careful to keep the general personalities of Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holm Laurie King has made her literary stock and trade from the imagined relationship between a retired Sherlock Holmes and a young apprentice partner, Mary Russell To say stock and trade is not to denigrate only to acknowledge that according to Goodreads, this is 12 in her series Though King builds on what we have been given by Arthur Conan Doyle as the consummate detective, King does not ape his style, though she is careful to keep the general personalities of Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Dr Watson, Mrs Hudson, etc within the parameters of their original creator She departs from the traditional London and England crime backdrop, taking Holmes and Russell on journeys to Africa, the near and far East and even the United States almost all in the post World War One period This story places the two in the Northwestern corner of Africa during the Rif Revolution It would be a plan as tangled as the streets of the medina, a garment woven of lies and half truths, of truths that look like lies, and lies that appear the truth A garment suited to the half light, its precise outlines impossible to discern Another way that King s books differ from her predecessor s is that Russell isn t the only narrator Sometimes we see things from Holmes perspective and at times from others In this case, we start with Russell suffering injury and amnesia and confinement in a strange city Her decision to escape only puts her in a different kind of danger Holmes expects her to meet him and when she fails to show finds that he has limited options since his presence is demanded in Fez by circumstances that involve the foreign policy of both England and France.King is deft at providing local color and atmosphere There are so many touches that make one feel they are experiencing Morocco in the 1920s She even varies her characters speech patterns slightly so that the Holmes and Russell that we earlier met in London or Jerusalem are not exactly the same as they are here The book s cover quite rightly characterizes this one as a novel of suspense, not a mystery It had me hooked and not able to foretell how things would play out, no matter how hard I tried The preceding book, Pirate King, was my only disappointment with this series I am glad King is back on track and Russell is in the ascendant


  9. Sondra Sondra says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The first thing I thought when I pulled the book out of the shipping box was, It s so thin After reading the book I came to the conclusion that I would have waited longer forstory It s a good book All of Laurie R King s books are good The Russell Holmes series is probably my favorite I ve read all the books in the series multiple times That being said, I think this book is my least favorite It s good, not great Some aspects of the story feel a bit stale, as they have been done be The first thing I thought when I pulled the book out of the shipping box was, It s so thin After reading the book I came to the conclusion that I would have waited longer forstory It s a good book All of Laurie R King s books are good The Russell Holmes series is probably my favorite I ve read all the books in the series multiple times That being said, I think this book is my least favorite It s good, not great Some aspects of the story feel a bit stale, as they have been done before in other, better Russell Holmes books I was delighted when two of my favorite semi recurring characters showed up, the Hazr brothers I was less delighted when, as in The Game , a mysterious, clever, street wise child assists Russell and Holmes It took me out of Garment of Shadows and put me to thinking about The Game and how great that book was I was even less delighted when it seemed like the scheming, traitorous secretary to the General was behind most of their troubles it made me think of Oh, Jerusalem where the scheming, traitorous secretary to the General was also responsible for some of the problems in that story I then thought about that Russell Holmes adventure with the Hazr brothers and how great that book is Yes, yes, I was making text to text connections which is something readers do Now, that s not to say that you shouldn t read this book Read it Saying Garment of Shadows is the worst Russell Holmes book is like saying someone is the least intelligent member of MENSA


  10. Kribu Kribu says:

    Eh Not a bad book by any means, but without a doubt my least favourite in the series I just had a really hard time getting into it Too much exposition, too much background all of it necessary for the plot, and perhaps if the book had been twice as long, with something else actually happening rather than just a lot of talking about the political situation in Morocco in the early 1920s, I wouldn t have minded.I mean, the politics history lesson was interesting, but I d have read a non ficti Eh Not a bad book by any means, but without a doubt my least favourite in the series I just had a really hard time getting into it Too much exposition, too much background all of it necessary for the plot, and perhaps if the book had been twice as long, with something else actually happening rather than just a lot of talking about the political situation in Morocco in the early 1920s, I wouldn t have minded.I mean, the politics history lesson was interesting, but I d have read a non fiction history book if I d really been in the mood for thatBasically, too much history politics, too little else of interest going on And the solution just came off as rather too convoluted and again, too much talking.Of course there were things I did like the writing, the bits where stuff was actually going on the older I get, theaction I need in a book , the setting and descriptions and the sense of location were marvellous, as usual A few lovely moments between Russell, recovering from concussion caused amnesia, and Holmes


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Garment of Shadows [Download] ➻ Garment of Shadows By Laurie R. King – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Laurie R King s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today s most acclaimed mystery series N NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Laurie R King s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today s most acclaimed mystery series Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery Who Garment of MOBI :Þ am I She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el Krim who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he s learned, to his horror, has gone missing As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for her self, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe With the dazzling mix of period detail and contemporary pace that is her hallmark, Laurie R King continues the stunningly suspenseful series that Lee Child called the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today Praise for Garment of Shadows As always, the relationship between Holmes and Russell is utterly understated yet traced with heat and light Booklist starred review A taut tale original and intriguing This tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times Publishers Weekly Those new to the series are in for a treat Bookreporter.

10 thoughts on “Garment of Shadows

  1. Lightreads Lightreads says:

    I genuinely like this series of memoirs from Sherlock Holmes s late life partner and wife, but I shake my head in bafflement over every second or third one This is a story of amnesia and intrigue in French and Spanish Morocco in the early 1920 s A lovely sense of place, as usual, but otherwiseno There is a good book here, it s just that this book only intersects with that one for about twenty pages The emotional crux of the book lies neither with Holmes nor Russell, and we only get to I genuinely like this series of memoirs from Sherlock Holmes s late life partner and wife, but I shake my head in bafflement over every second or third one This is a story of amnesia and intrigue in French and Spanish Morocco in the early 1920 s A lovely sense of place, as usual, but otherwiseno There is a good book here, it s just that this book only intersects with that one for about twenty pages The emotional crux of the book lies neither with Holmes nor Russell, and we only get to know what it actually is in dried out retrospect, recounted in one of the endless attempts to explicate the overbaked plot into something digestible by way of everyone sitting around and talking about it for pages on end.I mean, I respect her for trying new things, I totally do The last book was a pirate caper, this one is a straight faced amnesia espionage story Just, when you try new things, sometimes they re a miss And at this point, I really, really, really wish this series would cough up a good old murder mystery Remember those Sherlock Holmes solved them Yeah Me neither

  2. Kim Kim says:

    I started out loving this series However, when I read Pirate King, I thought it was all over between me and Laurie R King It s taken me a while to get over my disappointment with that particular offering However, when I wanted something light to read, I found my way back to her work Better than Pirate King, but nowhere near as good as earlier books in the series, this installment in the series served its purpose by giving me something reasonably engaging and easy to read Mary Russell and Sh I started out loving this series However, when I read Pirate King, I thought it was all over between me and Laurie R King It s taken me a while to get over my disappointment with that particular offering However, when I wanted something light to read, I found my way back to her work Better than Pirate King, but nowhere near as good as earlier books in the series, this installment in the series served its purpose by giving me something reasonably engaging and easy to read Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are in Morocco, Mary has amnesia and friends from earlier in the series make a reappearance Political highjinks ensue I may have beenengaged if I had known about early 20th century Moroccan history, but it was interesting enougth No doubt I ll be back for

  3. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    Ah, much better..After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one However, my trepidation was unnecessary Ms King is back in fine form Russell and Holmes are up to their necks again in international intrigue and all s right in this reader s world.The plot is an intricate one, involving the Rif Rebellion in Morocco in the early 1920s I am always happy to learn new to me bits of history, so I loved all the background info The local politics Ah, much better..After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one However, my trepidation was unnecessary Ms King is back in fine form Russell and Holmes are up to their necks again in international intrigue and all s right in this reader s world.The plot is an intricate one, involving the Rif Rebellion in Morocco in the early 1920s I am always happy to learn new to me bits of history, so I loved all the background info The local politics have international repercussions, of course, and the outcome that would best suit England isn t necessarily the one that would best suit the people of Morocco The French envoy is a historical figure and King does a nice job working him into the story.The book blurb gives a good idea of the bones of the story The plot is nicely full of twists and turns as the puzzle pieces fall into place And, just when you think it has all been settled, there s one final zinger Well done, Ms King For those who have problems with amnesia as a plot device, I thought Mary s was handled in a believable manner Best scene in the book, IMO, is when Mary and Holmes are first reunited Can t wait to see what the author has next in store for our intrepid duo

  4. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I found the previous book Pirate King, to be a bit of a letdown I usually love these books, but Pirate King just didn t work for me But, this book did, the story was interesting and captivating Mary Russell wakes up in a room in Morocco with no memory of who she is There are soldiers pounding on the door and blood on her hands She is clothed like a man and she discovers while running from the soldiers that she is quite skilled when it co I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I found the previous book Pirate King, to be a bit of a letdown I usually love these books, but Pirate King just didn t work for me But, this book did, the story was interesting and captivating Mary Russell wakes up in a room in Morocco with no memory of who she is There are soldiers pounding on the door and blood on her hands She is clothed like a man and she discovers while running from the soldiers that she is quite skilled when it comes to picking locks and pockets Now she just needs to find out who she is Sherlock Holmes meanwhile is trying to stop a war but also trying to find out what has happened to his wife that has gone missing This series is great, I recommend it to anybody that likes historical mysteries

  5. Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness says:

    loved this entry in the Mary Russell series What a fantastic, well crafted beginning, and the rest of the story unfolds beautifully.

  6. Kerry Kilburn Kerry Kilburn says:

    I am a die hard Laurie R King fan and have been since I read her first book not long after it was published I can t think of another author who has written as many different kinds of protagonists and set stories in as many different kinds of settings as she has, or who has crossed genre lines as successfully Her sense of place is always a joy to experience, her research impeccable, and her prose extraordinary While those elements are present in this latest installment of her Mary Russell seri I am a die hard Laurie R King fan and have been since I read her first book not long after it was published I can t think of another author who has written as many different kinds of protagonists and set stories in as many different kinds of settings as she has, or who has crossed genre lines as successfully Her sense of place is always a joy to experience, her research impeccable, and her prose extraordinary While those elements are present in this latest installment of her Mary Russell series, I found the book disappointing after a long string of truly outstanding offerings As another reviewer noted, we got a lot of telling in this book and relatively little showing, which was unfortunate given the unique opportunities presented by Russell s amnesia at the beginning of the book I also found that the emphasis on political intrigue required a lot of exposition that kept me from becoming as emotionally involved with the characters as I normally do It also seemed to overshadow any of theinteresting personal and interpersonal conflicts, resolution, and growth that, to me, make a series worth following It s still a good read just not the same caliber as her other recent work I don t regret buying or reading it, and will undoubtedly revisit it, though

  7. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in this book I m not sure if I am reading a travelogue or an exposition on the early 20th century political history of Morocco While I appreciate some history, several pages of exposition regarding the Rif Revolt, M Lyautey, and the Abd el Krims were superfluous And the descriptionsyes, she has amnesia and yes, she is trying to decipher clues to her identity, but do we really need several pages of descriptions of the various alleys and shops in I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in this book I m not sure if I am reading a travelogue or an exposition on the early 20th century political history of Morocco While I appreciate some history, several pages of exposition regarding the Rif Revolt, M Lyautey, and the Abd el Krims were superfluous And the descriptionsyes, she has amnesia and yes, she is trying to decipher clues to her identity, but do we really need several pages of descriptions of the various alleys and shops in Morocco I m just beginning Chapter 13 and I must admit that a little less descriptive narrative would be welcome.Also, where does the suspense come in This is historical fiction and unlike Locked Rooms, Justice Hall or The Language of Bees God of the Hive which is my favorite by the way , we sort of know the outcome Yes, there is some adventure and yes we have the Hazr brothers back, which is lovely, but I m find myself slogging through this one Most of the time, I devour Ms King s books in one or maybe two sittings It s taken me a week to get halfway through this one Hopefully, it gets better.Update It didn t Not enough of Holmes Russell until almost the final two chapters Not enough of the Hazr brothers A relatively simple plot about spies and international relations madeconvuluted by Russell s continued confusion about her brother in law and his motives.One additional comment I love the character of Mary Russell Holmes but my suggestion is that it is time for her to move on regarding Mycroft Her naivete regarding the means and the methods that a government will use to achieve its agenda is unrealistic in my opinion for a highly intelligent feminist living in the turn of the 20th century The world is not full of sunshine and lollilops or noble men doing noble deeds for noble reasons

  8. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    Laurie King has made her literary stock and trade from the imagined relationship between a retired Sherlock Holmes and a young apprentice partner, Mary Russell To say stock and trade is not to denigrate only to acknowledge that according to Goodreads, this is 12 in her series Though King builds on what we have been given by Arthur Conan Doyle as the consummate detective, King does not ape his style, though she is careful to keep the general personalities of Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holm Laurie King has made her literary stock and trade from the imagined relationship between a retired Sherlock Holmes and a young apprentice partner, Mary Russell To say stock and trade is not to denigrate only to acknowledge that according to Goodreads, this is 12 in her series Though King builds on what we have been given by Arthur Conan Doyle as the consummate detective, King does not ape his style, though she is careful to keep the general personalities of Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Dr Watson, Mrs Hudson, etc within the parameters of their original creator She departs from the traditional London and England crime backdrop, taking Holmes and Russell on journeys to Africa, the near and far East and even the United States almost all in the post World War One period This story places the two in the Northwestern corner of Africa during the Rif Revolution It would be a plan as tangled as the streets of the medina, a garment woven of lies and half truths, of truths that look like lies, and lies that appear the truth A garment suited to the half light, its precise outlines impossible to discern Another way that King s books differ from her predecessor s is that Russell isn t the only narrator Sometimes we see things from Holmes perspective and at times from others In this case, we start with Russell suffering injury and amnesia and confinement in a strange city Her decision to escape only puts her in a different kind of danger Holmes expects her to meet him and when she fails to show finds that he has limited options since his presence is demanded in Fez by circumstances that involve the foreign policy of both England and France.King is deft at providing local color and atmosphere There are so many touches that make one feel they are experiencing Morocco in the 1920s She even varies her characters speech patterns slightly so that the Holmes and Russell that we earlier met in London or Jerusalem are not exactly the same as they are here The book s cover quite rightly characterizes this one as a novel of suspense, not a mystery It had me hooked and not able to foretell how things would play out, no matter how hard I tried The preceding book, Pirate King, was my only disappointment with this series I am glad King is back on track and Russell is in the ascendant

  9. Sondra Sondra says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The first thing I thought when I pulled the book out of the shipping box was, It s so thin After reading the book I came to the conclusion that I would have waited longer forstory It s a good book All of Laurie R King s books are good The Russell Holmes series is probably my favorite I ve read all the books in the series multiple times That being said, I think this book is my least favorite It s good, not great Some aspects of the story feel a bit stale, as they have been done be The first thing I thought when I pulled the book out of the shipping box was, It s so thin After reading the book I came to the conclusion that I would have waited longer forstory It s a good book All of Laurie R King s books are good The Russell Holmes series is probably my favorite I ve read all the books in the series multiple times That being said, I think this book is my least favorite It s good, not great Some aspects of the story feel a bit stale, as they have been done before in other, better Russell Holmes books I was delighted when two of my favorite semi recurring characters showed up, the Hazr brothers I was less delighted when, as in The Game , a mysterious, clever, street wise child assists Russell and Holmes It took me out of Garment of Shadows and put me to thinking about The Game and how great that book was I was even less delighted when it seemed like the scheming, traitorous secretary to the General was behind most of their troubles it made me think of Oh, Jerusalem where the scheming, traitorous secretary to the General was also responsible for some of the problems in that story I then thought about that Russell Holmes adventure with the Hazr brothers and how great that book is Yes, yes, I was making text to text connections which is something readers do Now, that s not to say that you shouldn t read this book Read it Saying Garment of Shadows is the worst Russell Holmes book is like saying someone is the least intelligent member of MENSA

  10. Kribu Kribu says:

    Eh Not a bad book by any means, but without a doubt my least favourite in the series I just had a really hard time getting into it Too much exposition, too much background all of it necessary for the plot, and perhaps if the book had been twice as long, with something else actually happening rather than just a lot of talking about the political situation in Morocco in the early 1920s, I wouldn t have minded.I mean, the politics history lesson was interesting, but I d have read a non ficti Eh Not a bad book by any means, but without a doubt my least favourite in the series I just had a really hard time getting into it Too much exposition, too much background all of it necessary for the plot, and perhaps if the book had been twice as long, with something else actually happening rather than just a lot of talking about the political situation in Morocco in the early 1920s, I wouldn t have minded.I mean, the politics history lesson was interesting, but I d have read a non fiction history book if I d really been in the mood for thatBasically, too much history politics, too little else of interest going on And the solution just came off as rather too convoluted and again, too much talking.Of course there were things I did like the writing, the bits where stuff was actually going on the older I get, theaction I need in a book , the setting and descriptions and the sense of location were marvellous, as usual A few lovely moments between Russell, recovering from concussion caused amnesia, and Holmes

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