The latest in Laurie R King’s hugely popular Mary Russell mystery series: ‘Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels… civilized, ingenious and engrossing’ – Literary Review
Hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of The Moor, a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleading for their help. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother's death, determined to learn the truth about the untimely death of the hall's expected heir… a puzzle he is convinced only Holmes and Russell can solve.
It's a mystery that begins during the Great War of 1918, when young Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke's only son, died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel's war record, Russell joins an ill-fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes's cleverest disguises and Russell's most daring journeys into the unknown… from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can they catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims?
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‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’
Val McDermid (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)
‘A novel which challenges the cliches of history’
Indpendent (of A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN)
‘King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing’
Literary Review (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)
Hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of 'The Moor', a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleading for help. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother's death.
Not until they set eyes on Justice Hall can Holmes and Russell appreciate Marsh's dilemma. Set in a garden modelled on Eden, it is a home of unearthly perfection. But the heirs to this splendour are haunted by tragedy and scandalous rumours surrounding the death of Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke's only son, in the Great War of 1918.
While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel's war record, Russell joins an ill-fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes' cleverest disguises and Russell's most daring journeys into the unknown – from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can thy catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims?
Praise for LAURIE R KING
"Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels…civilized, ingenious and engrossing"
"Simultaneously inventive, charming, witty and suspenseful"
"One of the most literate and gifted writers the mystery world has seen for some time"
"Mary Russell combines the quirky intellect of her mentor with a modern modus operandi – a heroine to contend with"
"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes' 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"
"If there is a new P.D. James…I would put money on Laurie King"
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Book Description Collins Crime, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD condition, nice and clean overall, dispatched daily from the UK Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. This book is in VERY GOOD overall condition, showing only light signs of previous ownership. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002941824
Book Description Harper Collins, Uk, 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. black boards, green jacket, library stamped, minor library wear, with some minor shelf wear, some minor wear on corners etc, jacket in plastic wallet, minor wear to edges etc, a very good tight clean copy. a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes! the sixth in the series. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 622518
Book Description Bantam (2002)., 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 0007111371 First British Edition. Pages have some tanning to them, else like new. Bookseller Inventory # 027722
Book Description Harper Collins, London UK, 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, priced at £18.99 on the inside flap. Bookseller Inventory # 004797
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. This is a near fine, UK first edition, first impression hardback in a fine dust wrapper. There are no marks, inscriptions or faults of any kind to the book. The text block is tight and square with the age toning associated with books of this vintage (less than usually encountered but still sufficient to prevent a grading of ‘fine’. The black boards are pristine as is the silver lettering to the spine. The unclipped dust wrapper is complete: crisp, fresh and vibrant. The original price of £18.99 remains. The dust wrapper is now protected by a removable, acid free acetate sleeve. The book presents as new and unread. This is the sixth novel in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series from this talented and multi award winning author. Miss King’s first novel, ‘A Grave Talent’, won the ‘John Creasey Memorial Award’ and the ‘Edgar Award for Best First Crime Novel’. Many recognitions of her work have followed including being long listed for the 1997 ‘Orange Prize’. In ‘The Beekeeper’s Apprentice’, published in 1994, the reader was introduced to fifteen year old Mary Russell who, during a sojourn on the Sussex Downs, encounters an elderly beekeeper by the name of Sherlock Holmes. They recognise in each other a kindred spirit and Mary becomes his apprentice whilst he becomes her mentor. Together they embark upon an increasingly dangerous series of investigative adventures. In ‘Justice Hall’ Mary and Holmes, still exhausted by their efforts chasing the phantom coach in ‘The Moor’ are persuaded into the world of privilege and nobility only to discover double dealing and murder. They encounter characters first seen in ‘O Jerusalem’ as Miss King, once again produces a spell binding plot with clues and red herrings appearing as one. As with all thirteen novels in this series the book is marvellously inventive and entertaining stuff. A volume, we suggest, to be read carefully and then saved as part of a library or collection of modern first editions. The images you see are high resolution scans of the actual book you will receive. It will be dispatched via The Royal Mail in protective packaging. We do not charge postage to buyers within the UK. We offer a 7 day no quibble full refund if the item is not as described and shown. Extra scans are available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 1295