Latest in Laurie King’s popular and much admired Mary Russell crime series: ‘Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels… civilized, ingenious and engrossing’ – Literary Review
Rumours of a ghostly carriage and a huge ‘devil dog’ on a moonlit moor lead Sherlock Holmes and his wife and sleuthing partner Mary Russell back to the eerie scene of one of his most celebrated cases. And when the body of tin miner Josiah Gorton is found surrounded by oversize paw prints, it looks as if the Hound of the Baskervilles has returned to haunt Dartmoor once more.
Attempting to unravel the mystery, Holmes and Russell find themselves caught up in local legend, myth and folklore as a devilish pattern begins to develop against the backdrop of the dark, foreboding Devonshire moor. True to their expectations, events have a real-world explanation, but it is one that combines more wild emotion, surprise, and frightening suspense than any ghost story could.
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Long-time fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, might think that their favourite sleuth met his fate at the hands of Dr Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Anyone who believes that, however, obviously hasn't read Laurie R King's delightful series featuring Holmes and his wife (!), Mary Russell. In The Beekeeper's Apprentice Holmes succumbs to the Oxford scholar's charms; now, in The Moor, fourth in the series, Holmes and Russell are summoned to Devonshire to solve a tin miner's mysterious death. Lonely Dartmoor provides plenty of opportunities for King to both relate the haunting legends of that part of the world and offer some amusing revisions to one of Holmes's most famous cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Though Holmes purists might resent the liberties taken with their hero, readers in search of a strong female protagonist, some fascinating local history, and spooky ambience will enjoy The Moor. -- Amazon.comReview:
‘There’s no resisting the appeal of King’s thrillingly moody scenes of Dartmoor and her lovely evocations of its legends.’
New York Times Book Review
‘King not only provides a suitably generous array of things that go bump in the night, but suplies an explanation for all the skullduggery… that’s at least as ingenious and plausible as Conan Doyle’s own.’
‘The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart’
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Book Description HARPER COLLINS, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780006510864 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0981829
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2002. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006510868