Locked Rooms

Locked Rooms

A Mary Russell Novel

eBook - 2005
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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Laurie R. King's The God of the Hive and Pirate King.

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 Russell 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 Russell discovers is that even a forgotten past never dies . . . and it can kill again.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780553901597
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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rb3221
Oct 21, 2017

Mary's past and her vulnerability is the focus of this novel as she tries to unlock the mysteries of her childhood when her family died (or was it murder?) when she was only 7. The excellent historical detail about the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 gives the novel a real depth. An interesting and enjoyable technique is the changing point of view from Holmes to Russel as the novel proceeds. The story occasionally dragged on but overall it was a satisfying read.

PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 14, 2017

While the series had had its ups and downs, I find myself again saying this may be the best yet. There is not a single misstep in this wonderful mystery. The history of the San Francisco earthquake and its aftermath is fascinating and King's insertion of Dashiel Hammett as a character is both brilliant and wonderfully written. I can just imagine him doing all that has been written here.

The split narrative was well used as was the landscape of the city. This could easily be read alone but reading the previous novels in the series helps to give Mary's blind spot some context and the conclusion added depth.

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s390325
Oct 17, 2016

I love the Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes series, and I really loved this installment. Unlike "The Moor" or "The Game" where she and Holmes spend much of their investigations apart, in this story they are working together and you get to see a more tender side of Holmes who is trying to help his wife deal with past trauma, and also to stop blaming herself for the tragic death of her family. He knows that she eventually would go back to San Francisco to face what happened and has been anticipating this for years. Fantastic mystery, fantastic story, fantastic series!

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 20, 2014

Excessively suspenseful. I simply could not put down this book. In the previous installments, you are only aware of the automobile crash in her past, but now her past is exposed, revealing the true nature of her family's untimely deaths...

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emerge
Oct 08, 2012

Another great instalment in this series. We finally learn about Mary's childhood in San Francisco & what really happened to her family.

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JayneBelanger
Feb 27, 2010

All of this series of books by Laurie R King are excellent. Try to read them in the correct order if possible.

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