The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes / Laurie R. King.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Laurie R. King's bestselling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all? Mary Russell is used to dark secrets--her own, and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson? Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives 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 of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered--a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air--the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara 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 same. Praise for the award-winning novels of Laurie R. King "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."--The Washington Post Book World "The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."--Lee Child "A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company."--The New York Times "Erudite, fascinating. by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted."--Houston Chronicle "Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels."--Booklist (starred review) "Imaginative and subtle."--The Seattle Times "Impossible to put down."--Romantic Times "Remarkably beguiling."--The Boston Globe"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Has Laurie King followed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's footsteps and killed off her protagonist? Sherlock Holmes is back in the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child has hailed as "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today"--but is Mary Russell? When the novel opens, the shabby carpet of 221B Baker Street is drenched in blood--and no one knows the fate of Mary Russell. Could this be the final performance for the world's best-known Holmesian author?"-- Provided by publisher.
    • ISBN:
      9780804177900 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
      0804177902 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
    • Accession Number:
      2015045500
    • Accession Number:
      ocn904967996
      904967996
    • Accession Number:
      fay.472567
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    • ABNT:
      KING, L. R. The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. First edition. [s. l.]: Bantam Books, 2016. ISBN 9780804177900. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567. Acesso em: 7 abr. 2020.
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      King LR. The Murder of Mary Russell : A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. First edition. Bantam Books; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567. Accessed April 7, 2020.
    • APA:
      King, L. R. (2016). The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (First edition.). Bantam Books.
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      King, Laurie R. 2016. The Murder of Mary Russell : A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. First edition. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: 10. Bantam Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567.
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      King, L. R. (2016) The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. First edition. Bantam Books (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: 10). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567 (Accessed: 7 April 2020).
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      King, Laurie R. The Murder of Mary Russell : A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. First edition. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: 10. Bantam Books, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567.
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      King LR. The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes [Internet]. First edition. Bantam Books; 2016 [cited 2020 Apr 7]. (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: 10). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.472567

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2016 March #1

*Starred Review* Devoted readers of King's Mary Russell series, which reimagines the Sherlock Holmes mythos by giving the detective a young, brilliant wife, are in for a treat here, though the book's title may give them pause. When the story begins, there's blood on the floor of Russell and Holmes' house in Sussex, thanks to the appearance of Samuel Hudson, the son of the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Perhaps to readers' surprise, the focus of this novel is that same Mrs. Hudson, who, in the original Conan Doyle stories as well as in the earlier installments in King's series, has spent most of her time making tea and bringing in the mail. Now we learn about her suspect background as well as her tangled relationship with Holmes. It's a well-crafted tale with occasional interruptions that unravel Mary's fate. In a triumph of plotting, King also incorporates characters and information from an original Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott" (with further explanation in an author's note). From a suspense point of view, this may not have readers on the edge of their seats, but it is delightful in every other way; and fans, always hungry to know more personal details about King's iteration of Sherlock Holmes and his world, will get a few more delicious tidbits this time around. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans wait eagerly for every new installment of the Russell-Holmes pairing, and the seeming shock of the title will have them diving into this one with reckless abandon. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 November #1

Where's Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes? No one knows, but the carpet at 221B Baker Street is soaked with blood. Now publicity (not to mention the title) is making us worry that this is the end of Mary Russell—and King's long-running series. The last eight titles have all been top 20 New York Times best sellers, and 2015's Dreaming Spies was a LibraryReads pick. Look for the original eShort, The Marriage of Mary Russell, to set the stage for this book in March 2016.

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LJ Reviews 2016 March #2

In spite of the title, this 14th novel in the series (after Dreaming Spies) is really all about Mrs. Hudson, the longtime housekeeper to Sherlock Holmes. King takes the opportunity to create and explore extensively Mrs. Hudson's backstory, including how she met Holmes and came to be his landlady at 221B Baker Street. We learn that Clarissa Hudson was not always the prim purveyor of tea and telegrams familiar from the Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Instead, she was an adventuress who used her skills at mimicry to survive in a rough world. This novel is filled with suspenseful elements such as the promise of lost treasure, shipwrecks, illegitimate children, and Russell's apparent murder. VERDICT Patient readers will be rewarded by the rich character development and further filling out of King's complex world. Best for fans of historical mysteries and those who enjoy other portrayals of Sherlock Holmes on TV shows such as Sherlock and Elementary. [See Prepub Alert, 10/12/15.]—Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib.

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PW Reviews 2016 February #3

Edgar-winner King's subpar 15th Mary Russell novel (after 2015's Dreaming Spies) opens on a quiet morning in Sussex in May, 1925. Against her better judgment, Mary, the independent wife of Sherlock Holmes, admits a stranger to her cottage, who says he's Samuel Hudson, the son of her housekeeper and surrogate mother, Clara Hudson. Her misgivings prove warranted when he confronts her with a gun. Clara returns home to find Mary missing, a pool of blood on the floor, and the smell of gunpowder in the air. With Mary's fate unresolved, the focus shifts to Clara, the daughter of a criminal implicated in Holmes's very first case. Mary and Holmes fade into the background amid some florid prose ("I looked into his pale eyes, the bones of my chest cringing away from thirteen grams of leaden death"). This atypical entry will appeal mostly to longtime series fans. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency. (Apr.)

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