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Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King

Locked Rooms (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Laurie R. King

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Title:Locked Rooms
Authors:Laurie R. King
Info:Bantam (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:fiction, historical fiction, mystery, pastiche, Sherlock Holmes, victorian, california

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Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King (2005)

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The plot is far from being "thin." Locked Rooms is a real page-turner and it is fascinating to delve into Mary Russell's hidden past, watching her puzzle out the mystery of its blank pages piece by piece, reeling from delayed shock and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as she slowly unlocks the rooms of her childhood and becomes whole. Perhaps the story draws me more strongly as a PTSD sufferer myself, but I found it richly textured and irresistable. It was quite a treat to read a more "psychological" mystery. King also finds an unusual way to solve the mystery-within-the-mystery at the end. All in all, an immensely satisfying read. ( )
  BethHatchel | Oct 31, 2015 |
Probably my favorite book in the series thus far - I am ready to start #9! The setting of this one is San Francisco as Mary is trying to unravel the mystery of the deaths of her parents and brother. For 10 years she has blamed herself for causing the accident that claimed their lives. The plot includes the great earthquake and fire that all but destroyed San Francisco in 1806 and the discrimination faced by the residents of the famed Chinatown. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Another great installment; maybe not quite to the level of some of the others, but entirely respectable nonetheless. Dashiell Hammett as walk-on character was fun, too. It's still a little strange to have Holmes so far out of his London element, though, and to have Mycroft and Watson so far offstage. ( )
  JBD1 | Jul 1, 2015 |
After their Indian adventures, Russell and Holmes continue on eastward toward California. During the voyage Russell is wracked by three odd and disquieting dreams, the unraveling of which in San Francisco leads her to a rediscovery of suppressed childhood memories and an unexpected discovery regarding her parents' death.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the strange construction of the story, alternating between Russell's first person narration and a third person account of Holmes' parallel activities, I enjoyed the book very much, and am looking forward to the newest addition to the series (Dreaming Spies) which fills in a skipped episode briefly referred to in Russell's journey from India to California. ( )
  gwernin | Dec 17, 2014 |
I can't get enough of this series! I am kicking myself now that I held off on reading them because I didn't like Sherlock Holmes (after being forced to read "Hound of the Baskervilles" in grade nine).

In this book, King changes things up again and writes in third person for the first time in this series. At first I wasn't sure but I decided that I liked it - I have no idea how close Holmes' thoughts were to the original character by Doyle, but it sounded good to me! Great story, nice incorporation of storylines from other books without making you feel like you need to reread them to catch details, and a wonderful conclusion. I hope this isn't the last of the Russell books - I must admit that I keep hoping at the end to find Russell pregnant - what would Sherlock Holmes do with a child of his own? ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling mystery series. And this time the first couple of detection pair up to unlock the buried memory of a shocking crime with the power to kill again–lost somewhere in Russell’s own past.

After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family’s old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior–a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell’s annoyance.

In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the “unforgettable” catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary’s memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn’t forgotten her. Why does her father’s will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?

The more questions they ask of Mary’s past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent’s marriage and the tragic car “accident” that a fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived–an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies…and it can kill again.

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Returning to her former home of San Francisco in 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, eminent detective Sherlock Holmes, are confronted by dark secrets of the past that continue to haunt Mary's dreams.

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