Garment of Shadows : Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • by Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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LRK is back on track!

When a new book in a series I read is about to come out, I frequently reread the last entry (or even the entire series) so that I will have all the events leading up to the new entry clear in my mind. I wasn't sure I wanted to reread "Pirate King," but since Garment of Shadows didn't appear on Audible the same day that it appeared on Amazon in hardback, I was feeling I might explode with anticipation. So I thought to myself, "Maybe Pirate King wasn't really as bad as I remember. I'll re-listen to it while I'm waiting for 'Garment.'" Well, Pirate King WAS as bad as I had remembered it. I listened for about an hour and then turned it off again. So I was a little worried. I mean, I never would have believed that Laurie R. King could have written anything as bad as PK. Did she have a stroke? Is she on some new and horrible cholesterol drug that has destroyed her mind?

I was worried.

Well, put your minds at rest. I still don't know what happened with Pirate King, but it was apparently just temporary. Garment of Shadows is back in the groove. The plot is good and there is plenty of mystery. Mary gets to exercise her considerable tenacity and ingenuity. There is plenty of Holmes. There are subsidiary characters in this book that we can actually like. Danger abounds.

One strange thing. In some of the Mary Russell books, we get sections written from Holmes's point of view. That is true in this book too. In previous books, Jenny Sterlin narrated both those parts of the book from Mary's POV and those from Holmes's POV. But in this book, they chose to get a second narrator to narrate those sections which are from Holmes's point of view. I've gotten used to Holmes's voice the way Jenny Sterlin does it, and the new narrator's voice for him is quite different, so it was sort of a shock. Even more strange is the fact that when the story is told from Mary's point of view, there is still dialog in which Holmes speaks, and this is still spoken by Sterlin. So we have two very different voices for Holmes in the same recording. I suspect many people are going to hate this. I didn't hate it, but I did think it was entirely unnecessary. We've gotten used to Sterlin's performance of Holmes's voice over many books. It wasn't broken. It didn't need to be fixed.

So finally: I recommend this book highly. Thanks Mrs. King. I loved your new book.
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- ShySusan

for this series fan, a disappointment

If The Moor and The Game are your favourites in the Russell-Holmes series, you're more likely to enjoy this tale set in Morocco. This was the first book in this seres I found unengaging. In several spots, especially in first half, the writing was uneven, with pedantic (though interesting) backstory/history and some VERY clunky dialogue.

I was at first ecstatic to see Robert Ian Davies as co-narrator, but this turned out to be one of my favourite narrators at his worst. Sterlin was, as usual, very good

We already know Mary is inventive when escaping from dungeons, so can we get back to some clever sleuthing and Russell-Holmes banter? And preferably in England, please? I think the desert heat is getting to Sherlock and Russell because they are not as sharp as usual. I love Global Gumshoe series, and perhaps King is trying to do her part to help us better understand Islam, but that is not what King does best.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books