Locked Rooms

Locked Rooms

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2010
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Haunted by her dreams, Mary Russell arrives in San Francisco in 1924 to settle her parents' estate. But she quickly encounters a few surprises and learns there may be a great deal more to her childhood in this city than she ever knew. As Mary tries to cobble the pieces of her shadowy past together, her husband Holmes wonders if she may be repressing vital memories. And one thing seems certain--someone wants Mary's remembrances to stay buried.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2010
Edition: Bantam Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780553386387
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KIN
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 21 cm


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May 24, 2020

I have really enjoyed this series although some books are better than others.

Oct 22, 2018

As Russell and Holmes approach San Francisco after their India adventures in "The Game," she finds herself more and more apprehensive. Three nightmares alternate, making no rational sense. And Mary needs logic above all. Holmes becomes concerned at her unwillingness to face her fears. The ostensible reason for this visit to San Francisco is to clear up the terms of her father's will, sell the family home and investments. Her feet take her to the house she hadn't remembered. The will prohibited any but family but entering the grounds, let alone the house. It's a mess, but there are footprints in the dust. Who's been there? Why? These questions become more urgent when Mary's shot at, missed only when the son of former servants knocks her out of the way. This book is among the best in the series, showing the personal relationship between the couple rather than the two of them solving a political puzzle. Earlier novels have referred to her parents' and brother's deaths in an accident. Mary believed this was her fault because she was goading her brother and distracting their father. Holmes and Dashiel Hammett prove the cause was murder, releasing Mary from several locked rooms of her mind, and absolving her of the guilt she's carried for years. A splendid page turner.

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.

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!

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...

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.

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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