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A lost heir, murder most foul, and the unexpected return of two old friends start Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes--spouses and intellectual equals--on an investigation that takes them from the trenches of World War I France to the heights of English society. In this sixth entry in Laurie King's award-winning series, fans will find the Baker Street sleuth mellowed by age and marriage yet still in possession of his deductive abilities and acerbic wit, and, in Mary Russell, a surprisingly apt companion for the legendary detective.
Justice Hall brings back two colorful characters from earlier in the series: Bedouins Ali and Mahmoud Hazr (now known as Alistair and Marsh), who last appeared in O Jerusalem. At their request, Holmes and Russell take up the trail of the doomed heir to Justice Hall, who has been executed for cowardice in the bloody trenches of France. As the detectives strive to make sense of his death and to locate another heir to the family title, an attempt is made on the life of the man who's soon to be welcomed as the new duke. Holmes and Russell soon realize something sinister is afoot, and that they must untangle a web of deceit to discover which of the many suspects is taking steps to shorten the line of inheritance. Once again, King's satisfying tale stays true to the spirit of Conan Doyle's original stories while extending them into new terrain. --Benjamin Reese --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Sherlock Holmes has been much used and even more often abused by the many writers who have adopted and adapted him for their own purposes. What a delight then to find an author able to make profound changes while hewing so closely to the spirit of the original. With great verve and imagination King has extended Sherlock's career, pairing him with the superb Mary Russell. In the Edgar winner's sixth novel to feature the sleuthing duo (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, etc.), Mary is a fully accepted equal to her husband and partner in detection. From the opening knock on their door by a wounded visitor to the satisfying denouement, King has again crafted a sterling story. Two characters from a previous adventure (O Jerusalem), Ali Hazr and his brother, Mahmoud, have problems that require an understanding of British aristocracy and the unraveling of the story behind a British soldier's execution. King employs the English manor house to good effect, including the changes wrought by WWI, and seamlessly incorporates as background the horrific wartime executions of numerous British soldiers for desertion or cowardice. Separately and jointly, Mary and Sherlock utilize familiar tools: research, disguises, trips to London and France and the connections and expertise of Mycroft Holmes to ferret out crimes committed and contemplated. Though some Baker Street Irregulars may humbly beg to differ, King comes close to matching the fine intelligence and wit that informed Doyle's original adventures, providing irresistible entertainment.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Justice Hall" is the sixth in Laurie R. King's wonderful series about the incomparable detective duo of Mary Russell and her partner Sherlock Holmes. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
I so enjoyed this mystery! All right, there's really not much between Russell and Holmes. Certainly Holmes is almost nonexistent... Read morePublished on July 21 2003
I'm a fan of Laurie King - Beekeeper's Apprentice was really great. I enjoyed reading this book - read it straight through in one sitting - but I think that she is running out of... Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Avid reader
Before you read this, you really must read the fifth book of the series, "O Jerusalem." Without this volume, this book makes no real sense. Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by "ali-alina"
I've read and thoroughly enjoyed all the Russell-Holmes novels, starting with THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, the best of this series and one of the most wondrous exercises in... Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Jenny Hanniver
Overall, I found this book very boring but was forced to read it for a book report. Basically, this book is a continuation of a series but where I bought it, it didn't state that. Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by Calvin Bocanegra
This book is about two "detectives" that have gone to arabia in the past and now the person whom they travel with has shown up at there door badly injured and seeking... Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by Calvin Bocanegra
I'm a fan of the first books of the series and I found that so far Ms. King had very skillfully reinvented Sherlock Holmes, giving him an active and attractive partner/equal in the... Read morePublished on March 5 2003