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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,085 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781464048241
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In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “King’s vivid prose and attention to detail draw us into Mary’s predicament…King has done her homework, and this tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jenny Sterlin performs Russell’s parts of the story with as dazzling an array of skills as Russell’s. French men, English women, threatening Berbers, some with lisps, manifest apparently effortlessly. Robert Ian Mackenzie, who gives us Sherlock’s parts, is an equally gifted chameleon. The story, a fragrant stew of Moroccan atmosphere and politics, European intrigue, and the odd bit of treason, satisfies heartily.”

    AudioFile

  • “King fashions a deeply political and emotional narrative…No detail is merely atmospheric, but rather we taste and feel and touch what Russell does with sensuous clarity…The language is incredibly rich but always precise, the history of this time in Morocco woven with a contemporary eye on the wheels within wheels.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Los Angeles Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Palen | 2/20/2014

    " Read my review next week on bookreporter.com "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MJ | 2/13/2014

    " Lot of talk, not much action. Just Okay. For readers of this series only. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa C | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite things about Laurie R. King is how much she makes me want to be a scholar. Although shorter than most other books in the series, this one drew me in quickly, forcing me to set aside every thing else that I was listening to so I could continue with this. Unfortunately, I now face an entire day off without a great book to help me clean house. Like much of her work in this series, this story is an edifying look at the Middle East, in this case, just on the brink of WWII. It is fast paced, and gives Mary the opportunity to be a clear hero -- using her brain and unique (and somewhat shady) skills to get herself and others out of scrapes before there is a chance to rescue her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 2/8/2014

    " In my defense, I was taking quite a bit of cold medicine at the time, but when I took a nap partway through reading this book, I woke up definitely convinced that I, like Russell, had amnesia. It's one of my favorite things when a writer can get into my head that way and make me really feel like I am part of the book in a real and in this case dangerous way! Beautiful establishment of setting, some great twists I didn't expect, another excellent installment of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Artsjunkie | 1/9/2014

    " Love the Mary Russell series. This one is a keeper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe (Sarah) Brechner | 12/26/2013

    " I loved the earlier books with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, but the last one and this one have disappointed considerably. Could not get into either one, although this one is an improvement over the last volume. I've lost the thrill, so will not be picking up any more of this series. Too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 12/25/2013

    " Disappointing. Normally I love these Mary Russells, this was really boring in places, especially the politics of Morocco explained ad nauseum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/24/2013

    " I always enjoy Mary Russel stories and this one didn't disappoint. In this story, Mary as amnesia and must work through that problem before solving the real mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/7/2013

    " Enjoyed the latest installment in this great series, although I thought the ending got bogged down a bit in its political machinations and explanations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 11/13/2013

    " Some nice parallels in style and action with previous books. I love the characters, and King brings back some past ones (Mahmoud and Ali) for another meeting. I don't know much about Moroccan history,, particularly vis-a-vis colonial history, so that was quite interesting too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 7/22/2013

    " Loved it! Mary Russell back in form....in Morocco...disguised as a man...in the midst of intrigue. ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/2/2013

    " Russell and Holmes are mostly working together again. This is an improvement from The Pirate King, but the Middle East spy stories are starting to get old. May the next book,if there is one, be an old fashioned English mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Gagliardi | 6/24/2013

    " I read it, it's finished, it was really good! (sung) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/12/2013

    " Enjoyed the action, setting and history. One of the better stories in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyann | 5/4/2013

    " Another installation in the chronicles of Sherlock Holmes and my favorite fictional biblical scholar, Mary Russell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Wilson | 3/30/2013

    " Bit of a disappointment, slow start "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/13/2013

    " As usual, Laurie R. King was brilliant. What more formidable heroine can there be than Mary Russell Holmes? I confess that I'd have had an easier time following the plot and characters had I not been keeping one eye on the political conventions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Beck | 2/7/2013

    " A good story. An interesting setting (Morocco in the early 1900's) with Sherlock Holmes's wife Mary Russell as the main character. Mary and Sherlock are caught up in a plot involving the various factions (France, Spain, etc.) trying to control Morocco in the Colonial era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori B | 12/29/2012

    " The latest Mary Russell . . . Deep dive. I'll surface later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 12/16/2012

    " Not my favorite of this series. The plot was a little hard to follow and I like my mysteries to have more clear cut endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 12/5/2012

    " an amnesiac mary russell and sherlock is desperately shearching for her. good read. love this character. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrators

Jenny Sterlin, winner of eight Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books. His audiobook narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.