Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

I finally finished another book!  This one was pretty quick for me, since I read most of it while being on vacation.  Garment of Shadows is the last published volume in Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series.  I purchased it in Kindle format.

This novel begins in medias res - Mary wakes to find herself a prisoner and, worst of all, she doesn't know who she is or how she got there.  She still has her instincts, however, and makes her escape.  Then begins her quest to restore her memory and complete whatever task she had at hand when captured.

What follows is typical of the series - international intrigue, a mystery that needs solving, danger and disaster around every corner.  It was a good book, but not my favorite of the series.  I think I tend to prefer the episodes that happen in England than the ones that occur in foreign locales.

I would give this book three out of five Whatevers.  The writing and characterization are, as always, superb.  Maybe it was the piecemeal way I read the book, maybe I was distracted by other things while trying to digest the storyline, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed others in the series.  I am, however, terribly sad to say goodbye to Holmes and Russell for the meantime.  I'm not sure when the next book will be out, but I've reached the end of the published volumes.  So now I just have to wait and hope that their next adventure isn't too far away.


1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

I have yet to read a Laurie R. King book. I believe I have the first in the series at home. I just need to find it and read it.