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Justice Hall: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Paperback – April 28, 2009
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"A spellbinding mystery...superb."—Washington Post
"Audacious...Mary Russell is never less than fascinating company."—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.
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These are long, satisfying books. I finished Justice Hall this morning, and caught myself heaving a sigh of repletion, fulfillment and delight. I have enjoyed many books in recent years, but none have been this satisfying or so beautifully written. Even if you are not a particular Sherlock fan, these are wonderful books. I have just bought the next one, The Game, and can hardly wait to start.
Ideally, a 4.5, but an interesting and heartbreaking topic was broached in regards to the men executed unjustly in WWI, so I rounded up.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this at the start with the changes to Mahmoud and Ali's characters. But it was an excellent book in the series, a real page-turner.
My one complaint. I figured out Gabriel and Helen had married when Mary was looking at the photographs with the ambulance driver and a ring was mentioned. From there, I also deduced the woman probably had a son. Mary couldn't have known about the child, but I can't believe she would have overlooked the ring, especially since there were subtle clues in Gabriel's diary which was read on the way to Canada. She is much smarter than portrayed in this instance.
For a brief moment during her initial introduction to Helen and the child, I was angry with Mary. Her first reaction was relief, eager to foist the poor child into the midst of a dangerous environment merely to free a grown man of the responsibility. Thankfully, she admitted to feeling shamed by this initial reaction and did her best to keep the boy safe.
And, little by little, Mahmoud's true personality came through. I'm glad he and Ali were able to go back to Palestine. I also really liked Iris' character.
The four characters from previous books (Mary, Sherlock, Marsh, and Ali) are developed wonderfully, and a large cast of new characters soon have the reader rooting for them (or for their imprisonment); interestingly, the character I felt most strongly about was already dead before the story begins. The plot is complex, but logical and paced well. I am not want to cry reading King's Mary Russell books, but this story evoked strong passions.
This is a great book, and I recommend it heartily. But note: it will be a lot more fun if you have already read the earlier books, particularly the two with Ali and Marsh.