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- ISBN-10: 0553907557
- ISBN-13: 978-0553907551
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
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Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
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Other things you may find worth knowing from the get-go: 1. The story opens with heroine/narrator Mary Russell waking up with a head injury, not knowing where she is or even WHO she is. Readers will spend much of those early pages sharing her amnesic confusions over what's going on and where this story is headed. 2. Unless you know the basics of Moroccan colonial and tribal history circa 1924, you may find it useful to consult an encyclopedia or Wikipedia for a quick primer before digging in. 3. The Hazr brothers, who play key roles in this novel, have appeared previously in the series-in O Jerusalem (Mary Russell Novels)(1999) and Justice Hall (Mary Russell Novels)(2002). 4. Arabic words crop up frequently, but only a few are defined in the glossary at the back. 5.Read more ›
And, indeed, there are some reviews which say almost exactly that -- with an extra layer of "and thank heavens King is back on form."
But what shocked me were the 3 reviews making, roughly, this argument:
~there's too much Mary Russell in this Russell/Holmes book
~there's too much history and politics to learn
~there's not enough action [in a book where no one sits down for 5 minutes altogether unless concussed or chained]
~there's not enough Sherlock Holmes.
According to this trio, King should return to "the premise that Sherlock Holmes had lived into an amazingly hearty old age, adopted an apprentice and then fallen in love with -- and married her.
Holmes, you'll note, operates in the active voice, while Russell is his to adopt, to love, and to marry. Wait!?!! Did I miss our mass relocation to the 1950s? (1850s, 1750s, 16 . . ???)
Now I'm not saying that King hasn't deserved some chiding in the last few years -- 2 half-books passing as wholes and pirates-light (or even lite.) But, viewed from a distance, we might see a larger pattern here.
The trip to India gives us an adventure with Russell and Holmes separated for considerable chunks of action, and -- more symbolically -- the threshold-crossing act of Mary cutting her iconic hair. The San Francisco book (one of my favorites) is a foray into Mary's childhood as well as a long-delayed space for her to consider herself as a woman, not as a mind in a woman's body.Read more ›
Once again Holmes and his wife, Mary, find themselves caught up in the 'Great Game' this time in war torn Morocco. The pair had been looking forward to being reunited now that dreadful assignment Mycroft had given Mary was ending but when Holmes arrived to meet with her Mary was missing, and had left behind very few clues for him to follow. Mary meanwhile had woken up in a strange place, with a throbbing headache and no idea of who she was or how she had gotten there. The only thought that was clear to her was that she was in danger and needed to flee. Eventually the pair reunite but only to discover that all is not as it seems, and that once again their lives are moved by unseen forces.
This, like the rest of this series, is a light hearted adventure story, this time set in exotic Morocco. The colorful location and confused political situation of North Africa provide an intriguing setting for a plot that is full of twists and turns. King once again brings life to her characters, especially Mary and Sherlock as she tells this tale. Fans of the series will be happy to meet some old friends from earlier novels (O JERUSALEM and JUSTICE HALL) in this adventure, as well as to meet a new one who will hopefully return in later ones.
The overall story arc of this series is quite pronounced and so to fully appreciate this one I would recommend reading at least of some the earlier novels. An even better idea would be to begin at the beginning (THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE) and proceed in order.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it!! Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are two of my favorite literary characters. Keep them coming Laurie!Published 28 days ago by Sylvia Goode
King has redeemed herself (from an overly long and disappointing Pirate King) great opening, and the pace and story are sustained throughout.Published 1 month ago by MsProspero
I love the series of books this is a part of. I like thinking Sherlock Holmes had a life beyond solving mysteries,
although Ms. King does not give him much time for that! Read more
While I was prepared to love this book, as I love all of the Mary Russell books, this one bothered me. I was confused from the start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tall teacher
The author does an excellent job of evoking places and characters with wry humor and intelligence .Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I adore the Mary Russell character, who has to be quite a woman to have captured Sherlock Holmes' affection. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sammy L. Price
This is a masterful example of a writer at the top of her game. Suspense builds, and the love and respect the two sleuths have for each other shine through. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia M