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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Feb. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553581112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581119
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #705,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31 2009
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Justice Hall was entertaining and touching! Just back from Dartmoor, Holmes and Russell are restless and irritated as usual (after a case), but King doesn't plan to let them wait long before an old friend needs their help. As with the previous books King's clever character depictions are rich and three-dimensional. King's 'Justice Hall' is intimate, personal, and moved me to tears of joy and sadness. King does an outstanding job of capturing another side of Ali (Alistair) and Mahmond (Marsh) from "O Jerusalem" and to further deepen in their brotherhood with Russell (Amir) and Holmes. It was great fun to meet some new characters. Enjoy!
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I only recently discovered the Russell-series, so I had the advantage to read all the books in short order. I would wholehearteadly say that I like Justice Hall most fo all but not for Holmes, Russell or the interaction between the two of them.
I like it for another resson: Ali and Mahmoud or in this case Alistair and Marsh (and also in addition Iris) are the best "guest"charcaters Laurie R. King wrote in the whole series. They are vivid, believable, interesting and the relationshsip between them is just fascinating (a shame-maraiage between Iris and Marsh on oen side, a strong subtext between Marsh and Alistair on the other which may be interpreted as an homosexual relationship). I definetily hope there will be more of them in future books.
But there is too less Russell in the book and even lesser Holmes. And Holmes is - at least for me - the reason why I buy the series. I don't necessary expect him to be more involved in the "action." But at least he should reflect more on the events and persons involved. For example I would have liked to read his opinion about the relationshipb etween Marsh, iris and AListair. But he onyl gives a smile as asnwer of Russlels (hence the readers) question.
At the first sight the plot seems excating but on the second thought there are too many and too big wholes and contradictiosn in it. Mrs. King even seemed unably to remember the names she gave Ali and Mahmoud at there first mention in The Beekeeper's Apprentice (which were Albert and Mathew at this time not Alistair and Maurice). In the end things were rushed to much as in most of the series'installments and questions especially about the motivations behind the events remain unanswered (or are at least not satiesfying answered).
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I grew up on Superman, the Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes, and assorted other male heros. So the heros of my own novels tend to be male. I have to make a conscious effort to cast a woman in a heroic part in one of my sf/f novels, though I managed it in DREAMSPY they tell me.
I could never have accepted Sherlock Holmes as a woman in some alternate universe continuation. Laurie R. King has found the perfect compromise -- an apprentice who is a)female, b)a love interest who becomes Holmes' wife, and c) oh, very much a hero in her own right, without losing the characteristics of a woman of her time. (she reminds me of my grandmother)
Many of us think of the 1970's as the most significant period of feminism. But the 1920's were pivotal in changing the way women think about themselves too. JUSTICE HALL is set in 1923, in and around a ducal country house, a mansion slowly being taxed into a ruin.
The 1920's were an interesting time in England -- there was still a very strong feudal heirarchy in charge of everything, but the modern world was fast emerging from within that caste system.
Laurie R. King has captured the flavor of that era without an overburden of unnecessary detail. She has used the correct words to name various things we don't see everyday in the 21st century. She has transported us to a drafty, cold, impossible to heat, understaffed mansion and made us believe every word.
Here Holmes isn't even certain he has a case, and with Mary Russell on the job, he ends up solving 2 cases.
Over the course of this series of novels, we have seen Mary Russell become proficient in Holmes' "methods" -- and with that proficiency has come Holmes' trust.
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By 3rdeadly3rd on Feb. 20 2004
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Laurie R King's "Justice Hall" is the latest entry in her superb series featuring Sherlock Holmes (yes, the famous detective) and his wife and partner in investigation Mary Russell. While "Justice Hall" is somewhat atypical as a Sherlock Holmes story - either of the Conan Doyle canon or even of this series - it is no less satisfying as an instalment in the series. In fact, I enjoyed it more thoroughly than many of the other novels in the series.
To begin with, I cannot over-stress the importance of reading "O Jerusalem" first. While set many years before the events in "Justice Hall", it is imperative to understand at least the basics of Holmes and Russell's work in Palestine with the Hazr brothers before the reader can grasp the finer points of this case. While this review will attempt to avoid any spoilers, some may be inevitable. Thus, if you don't want to risk knowing any of the twists, take it as read that this book is well worth the purchase price.
The plot begins almost immediately our heroes return from Dartmoor (events described in "The Moor"). No sooner are Holmes and Russell recovering from their adventures there, than a mysterious - but strangely familiar - stranger arrives at their door and collapses into Russell's arms.
Providing aid to this man leads Holmes and Russell to the magnificent country estate of Justice Hall, owned by Marsh (Maurice) Hughenfort, the latest in the line of an exceedingly aristocratic family. Additionally, it leads them to a reunion of sorts with the Hazrs, although under rather interesting circumstances.
The Hughenforts, you see, have a problem.
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