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Lone when a mysterious male who identifies himself as Mrs Hudson S Son Arrives Mrs Hudson Sherlock S Housekeeper s son arrives Mrs Hudson Sherlock s housekeeper many years has had little to no contact with her son since leaving him with her sister to raise many years ago Already n high alert Mary allows the man inside to wait for Mrs Hudson who is ut f the house Cutthroat on a grocery trip Things uickly go from concerning to violent and the reader is left guessing what happened during a deadly physical struggle until the last few chaptersf the book Sherlock is uick to unlock keys to the mystery set keenly into how the House Was Left After The was left after the An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of Mary is discovered He has little to gon The Claiming of the Shrew other than descriptions and pictures Mrs Hudson and the police have takenf the scene He understands from the blood left behind that time is running Summoned out for Mary if it isn t already too late Holmes must use all his resources callingn friends and foes from years past to unravel the clues which may save Mary s life and will absolutely alter that f his 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 f Mary Russell I have already torn through The Beekeeper s Apprentice and am trying to pace myself through the rest f this series I m kicking myself for having waited this long for such a wonderful series I highly recommend this book to all fans f Laurie R King andor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL is the fourteenth book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and I have read every single Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return onef the books This series is actually Dead Inside onef 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 f things ut The Taste of Spruce Gum of the way First I m a huge fanf 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 pens her door to a stranger But despite the title this is a book about Mrs Hudson What follows is the extremely detailed story f her life from birth to present day And while I ve always found her an engaging secondary character she is not why I read these booksWith the bulk She Stoops to Conquer of space devoted to her history Mary Holmes are reduced to minor characters There are initially a few short chapters that detail Mary s encounter with someone from the housekeeper s past but Holmes doesn t appear until the halfway markI read these because I love followingur intrepid couple Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile on their adventures For me everything revolves around the fascinating relationship between the famous detective his young bookish wife Their shared intelligence witty dialogue are the foundationf each mystery they solve I missed that here The book finally took Orb off at the 70% mark IMHO going from tough slog to page turner with the injectionf 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 a departure 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 The Dandy and Lady Penelope onef my favorite story techniues but it seemed to work wellI m usually picturing the characters standing by checking their watches while the scenes n the next stage progress I am a newcomer to the Mary Russell series and whilst in the past have deliberately strayed from the previous books the premise f this latest installment genuinely did piue my interest thus I went into The Murder Multi-Family Therapy of Mary Russell sans preconceived notions and with anpen mind The first chapter starts National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition 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 mostlynly just common sense bservations before the incident which lends the book its title ccurs So in all honesty I confess to not being verly impressed with her but did not dislike 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 r so extraneous chapters interspersed between consisting A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of Mary Russell s POV is a sordid background drama surrounding the early life an timesf Mrs Hudson that. On the doorstep 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 Think good thoughts about a pussycat of the gun in his hand In a devastating instant everything changes And when the scene is discovered a poolf blood One, Two, Three Me on the floor the smellf gunpowder in the air the most shocking revelation f all is that the grim clues point directly to Clar. ,

When Mrs Hudson arrives home from her shopping she is shocked to find trails f 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 Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos 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 buth 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 nce again in the future and the answer it provides As always extremely entertaining even if in this ne Sherlock is not the main star Love this series it is never dullARC from Netgalley This wasnot great Ms King can do 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 Tea for Ruby 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 sayingn Twitter for months now that she doesn t die in the book Why she would give the book this title and then repeatedly deflate the suspense is beyond me1B Speaking The Life of Saint Philip Neri of Mary Russell I am so so SOver Ms King s schtick f Tweeting as Mary Russell I tend to follow authors because I want to get info n releases bonus chapters etc I don t care that Mrs Hudson provided us a lovely tea in rainy Sussex today Remember this point because it will be salient later 2 Speaking f Mrs Hudson was ANYONE asking for a novel about her especially from Ms King I generally like the books re told from the POV f a minor character genre but this wasn t that Two thirds I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of this book is the backstoryf 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 The Whistle Pig of the British population ended up in Australia in the 1800 s and make it EXCRUTIATINGLY boring Forver a hundred pages it s So and so went here and did this Then they went to there and did that The backstory invented in this book for Mrs Hudson is thin and it doesn t do justice for that fine lady3 The villians are never fully developed 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 given very little screen time It all Hudsons all the time The time that Holmes and Russell are around they are acting very ut f character especially Sherlock Lots f 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 dumb nes IMO Mary is distraught I m not marking this as a spoiler because remember what I said earlier about Mary Russell and her Twitter feed Yeah deflated suspense all Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things over again Look I bought this book in hardback I ll buy the nextne in hardback This is a great series A Stepdaughter In Heat overall This book isn t worthyf the series It can t even fall back n 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 d rather have a really good r even great book every two Rufus or three years than mediocre banality every year Take some timeff Ms King It s k We ll wait I am not a huge fan f novels that jet set between continents and leading readers through a whirl wind tour You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of exotic locales This is unusual I know but I want my novels to be based inne location preferably the USA With that being said I Became A HUGE Fan Of a HUGE fan f R King WHEN I READ KEEPING WATCH A I read Keeping Watch a novel that moved me in ways I can t explain Of course I immediately dove 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 detective that has already been written re written and exhausted However the ARC from Netgalley for The Murder f Mary Russell caught my eye and I thought Why not maybe it s time to dive into this series After all it appears that Mary is dead 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 Mary Russell is used to dark secrets her Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice own and thosef her famous partner and husband Sherlock Holmes Trust is a thing slowly given but ver the course f a decade together the two have forged an indissoluble bond And what The Cowboys of thether person to whom Mary Russell has Sins of Treachery 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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Our Lives than a novel It was an endless mind numbingly boring narrative and uite the literary euivalent f Chinese water torture This was truly the most shoddily executed book I ever read there is no mystery no suspense not even a bit My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of mild tension Nothing And all because the reader is simply being spoonfed the entiretyf information pertaining to the incident in Chapter 1 instead f facts coming to light gradually during the course f 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 enters stage left to Whos Next? Guess Who! over what is being deemed the murder investigationf his wife Never mind this ught to have been Chapter 2 Mrs King s version f the Great Detective is woefully inept and somehow even his analysis Papi's Gift of the bloodstains are made to be dull and tedious And his characterization was soff the mark it made me cringe Literally the vast majority f this book read like an verblown plot Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories outline and was such a Mary Sue fan fiction complete with SuperEvilVillains even EvilHeteronormative White Males who startut as decent human beings グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] only to magically turn into EvilHusbandsnce they trick women into marrying them it was all I could do not to inwardly cringe The thread f misandry was so apparent I realized when the second male child was born it wouldn t fare well for the mother hint it didn t because male babies had a habit f making their mothers ill r ded as the proverbial door nail here UghI would never have finished this unimaginably boring train wreck if I did not feel bligated to provide the publisher with my honest The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within opinions And I am genuinely sorry that I could not find any redeeming factors in this novel which I usually try to do even when I give a negative review The titlef this latest Mary RussellSherlock Holmes is enough to make long time fans including me The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of this series wring their hands and bite their nails Murderf Mary Russell Has author Laurie King lost her mind Have fans not shown how much they love Mary Well there was nothing to do but read the book and hope for the bestSo what to tell those who haven t read The Murder File Under: Arson of Mary Russell I can tell you that Laurie King has written a brilliant bookne Wicked Sense of the best in the series There is so muchf the unexpected and it s all so beautifully written that I can nly 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 didn t just appear at 221 Baker St a grown woman with no history Her story is uite worthy f its Powerless Against You own tellingAnd now I have to stop shortf revealing the plot f this gripping story as that would diminish the joy for thers f discovering every savory surprising tidbit that makes this book ne Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of the best books I ve had the pleasuref reading The The Texan Meets His Match only final information that I dare impart is that there is blood uite a substantial bitn the floor f 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 decent and Holmes and Russell are everything I have come to expectHoweverThe following contains spoilersI do 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 wed him a thing but as an independent human came into his life by her wn free choice Worse Mary too is now beholden to the brothers to hide her wn act The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) one that would have been fully justified if allowed to come honestly to light What was a householdf mutual appreciation and shared intelligence has become Blue Guide New York onef secrets Instead f acting together these characters now act alone for what they each perceive mostly wrongly as the thers benefit It serves no Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered one and makes for an unpleasant storyBeyond that I enjoy this series primarily for Russell s voice and anccasional glimpse from Holmes POV I got too little Garden of The Gods of that here The journey through the past I found mostly dull until those startling grey eyes showed up and afterwards I foundnly disappointment 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 days and Mrs Hudson is in town at the market Mary figures ut this man appears to think Mrs Hudson is his mother and from there the past becomes alive as the reader discovers the entire backstory f Mrs Hudson and how she came to work for Sherlock Holmes Fascinating story building about a beloved character. 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 push deep into his housekeeper’s secrets to a time before her disguise was assumed before her crimes were buried away There is death here and murder and trust betrayed And nothing will ever be the sa.

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