Garment of Shadows by Laurie King
A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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Starting the story with Russell in a mental fog made for somewhat of a slow start. She normally has a very clear and direct narrative voice...The story took a while to gather itself together as Russell reassembled herself.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today’s most acclaimed mystery series. Now the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.
 
In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.
 
Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.
 
With the dazzling mix of period detail and contemporary pace that is her hallmark, Laurie R. King continues the stunningly suspenseful series that Lee Child called “the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.”

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Bones of Paris.

Praise for Garment of Shadows
 
“As always, the relationship between Holmes and Russell is utterly understated yet traced with heat and light.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“[A] taut tale . . . original and intriguing . . . This tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Those new to the series are in for a treat.”—Bookreporter
 

About Laurie King

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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Bantam. 306 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Garment of Shadows
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Kirkus

Below average
Sep 15 2012

Both Holmes and Russell are muffled, and the story requires a good deal of potted history. More likely to appeal to lovers of Morocco than lovers of Sherlock Holmes.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Oct 05 2012

Through the eyes, ears and unsurpassable wit of the Holmes/Russell team, this dangerous battle creates constant tension and a crisis that even their mighty minds and courageous spirit may not be able to overcome.

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Reviewing the Evidence

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Reviewed by P.J. Coldren

Her ability to capture a landscape in a sentence or two is enviable, as is her continuation of the personalities of Holmes and Russell.

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Reading Reality

Below average
Reviewed by Marlene Harris on Sep 04 2012

Starting the story with Russell in a mental fog made for somewhat of a slow start. She normally has a very clear and direct narrative voice...The story took a while to gather itself together as Russell reassembled herself.

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Criminal Element

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Reviewed by Lakis Fourouklas on Aug 31 2012

There’s plenty of action and quite a few twists and turns, but it is Morocco, with all its beauty and its harshness, that makes this story such a pleasure to read.

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