Laurie R. King’s bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband,
Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the
author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo
is finally trying to take a little time for themselves—only to be swept
up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of
Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.
After a lengthy case that had the couple traipsing all over India, Mary
Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with
some family business that Russell has been neglecting for far too long.
Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in
southern Japan. The cruising steamer Thomas Carlyle is leaving
Bombay, bound for Kobe. Though they’re not the vacationing types,
Russell is looking forward to a change of focus—not to mention a chance
to travel to a location Holmes has not visited before. The idea of the
pair being on equal footing is enticing to a woman who often must race
to catch up with her older, highly skilled husband.
Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes
the famous clubman, the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an
occasional blackmailer—not an unlikely career choice for a man richer
in social connections than in pounds of sterling. And then there’s the
lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell
and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language
and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not
who she claims to be.
Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising
way. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford,
Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international
extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could
spark revolution—and topple an empire. Download and start listening now!