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Locked Rooms: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock… (original 2005; edition 2010)

by Laurie R. King

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Title:Locked Rooms: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Authors:Laurie R. King
Info:Bantam (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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I love this book, I've read it more than once, twice, maybe even more than thrice. The author does a fantastic job of not only giving us a twisty plot, but also developing the characters even more so, beyond the previous installments of the series. I don't think there is anything I can fault in this one. ( )
1 vote fuzzi | Sep 12, 2018 |
I love the Mary Russell series and King is a fine writer. I think this is my favorite installation to date. ( )
  allriledup | Aug 11, 2018 |
Mary Russell has faced an conquered the nightmare recurrence of her family's death and learned to cope with the guilt she feels; believing that her immature argument with her brother had distracted her father and caused the accident. But traveling to San Francisco brings new disturbing dreams and the emotions surrounding her return to her childhood home and the discovery that the woman doctor who had treated her after the accident was murdered only months after her own departure for England. Her family's two Chinese servants had also been murdered, and someone takes a shot at Mary outside the Pacific Heights mansion. Holmes sees that Mary is too emotionally involved to investigate, yet resents his attempts. While following Mary, he meets Dashiell Hammett, a tubercular ex-Pinkerton and recruits him. Eventually the mystery is solved, and Mary's conscience is cleared. The description of San Francisco in full recovery from the 1906 quake is contrasted with descriptions of the destruction and chaos of the quake and fire. ( )
  ritaer | Jul 3, 2018 |
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes have finished their escapades in India, when Russell has to go to San Francisco to deal with some issues dealing with her parents estate. Though Mary spent her childhood there, she's not been in the city since she was fourteen, when she survived the car accident that killed her parents and her younger brother. She thinks she'll be able to deal with the flood of memories and emotions the city brings back. As she nears the city, strange dreams, about flying objects, a man with no face, and a mysterious suite of locked rooms to which only she holds the key. On arriving in the city, there's an attempt made on her life, and the normally calm, lucid, coldly deductive Russell is overcome by emotions. It becomes very clear that'll be up to Holmes with some help from some of his irregulars to discover who the attacker is, and to unravel the mysteries that surround the death of Russell's family and her parents estate.

This books has a very well written story line with a nice intermixing of history added to it. It was nice to find out what the whole story behind the accident that has been mentioned in the first 7 books of the series. The author does a great job of describing the city of San Francisco in the 1920's and before and after the great earthquake of 1906. She has also created a nice cast of characters once again, as well as bringing the relationship of Holmes and Russell to life. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes have finished their escapades in India, when Russell has to go to San Francisco to deal with some issues dealing with her parents estate. Though Mary spent her childhood there, she's not been in the city since she was fourteen, when she survived the car accident that killed her parents and her younger brother. She thinks she'll be able to deal with the flood of memories and emotions the city brings back. As she nears the city, strange dreams, about flying objects, a man with no face, and a mysterious suite of locked rooms to which only she holds the key. On arriving in the city, there's an attempt made on her life, and the normally calm, lucid, coldly deductive Russell is overcome by emotions. It becomes very clear that'll be up to Holmes with some help from some of his irregulars to discover who the attacker is, and to unravel the mysteries that surround the death of Russell's family and her parents estate.

This books has a very well written story line with a nice intermixing of history added to it. It was nice to find out what the whole story behind the accident that has been mentioned in the first 7 books of the series. The author does a great job of describing the city of San Francisco in the 1920's and before and after the great earthquake of 1906. She has also created a nice cast of characters once again, as well as bringing the relationship of Holmes and Russell to life. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553583417, Mass Market Paperback)

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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"En route to San Francisco to settle her family's estate, Mary Russell, in the company of husband Sherlock Holmes, falls prey to troubling dreams--and even more troubling behavior. In 1906, when Mary was six, the city was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake. For years, Mary has insisted she lived elsewhere at the time. But Holmes knows better. Soon it is clear that whatever unpleasantness Mary wanted to forget hasn't forgotten her. A series of mysterious deaths leads Mary and Holmes from the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent's marriage and the tragic 'accident' that Mary alone survived. What Mary discovers is that even a forgotten past never dies . . . and it can kill again."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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