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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571653
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #763,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Kidd on March 20 2008
Format: Paperback
I was grabbed from the first line of the introduction. King writes the way she speaks, I imagine, and I could hear a cool, authoritative, strong-willed voice through the whole, wonderful book. The plot was engaging and clever, and her mastery of Holmes's character was complete. I wasn't two pages into the thing before I ordered all the other titles Amazon had on offer. Now I have to wait until she joins Russell and Holmes again: cue heavy sigh. As an academic who generally limits her reading to works on cultural history, I found this a light, funny, delicately romantic read and I take delight in recommending it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on March 26 2012
Format: Paperback
This story was a wonderful escape. The reader was transported to a different time and into an intriguing story. Life at that time was explained in wonderful detail
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Format: Kindle Edition
A really wonderful book to have read. The way in which King enters the life of the retired and aged Holmes so naturally and is able to continue in his lifestyle is a wonderful bridge that keeps the detective realistically and actively alive.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thrilled with my copy - a treasure for my book shelves.
As described, no problems, no worries, I'll be back.
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It may very well be blasphemy to some, but I've never read a Sherlock Holmes book before. Of course, I'm familiar with various incarnations of the character due to his appearance in popular culture, but I've never experience Doyle's work. With this perspective in mind, I must say that I quite enjoyed this book and the story it presented. Mary Russell is a fantastic and interesting character, with a mind that races as fast as Holmes' does. The dynamic setup between the two is captivating from their first meeting, and while I found the story does slow down a bit about half way through, it kicks into high gear shortly after and doesn't let go. I'm glad to hear that there are more books in the series, since I'm very interested in catching up with these characters again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Khalifa Alhazaa on April 11 2003
Format: Paperback
I spent more than a month (maybe two, I don't remember now) reading this novel, and to me that means it was dead boring.
King introduces Mary Russell, a young Jewish (claims to be secular) girl who used to reside in the US before her family had a devastating car accident, and now she is under the custody of her scrooge female relative, who is obviously stealing her money and depriving her of food.
Holmes, a nice hearted man!, feeds her, and upon finding out that she was good in deduction, he decides to be her mentor. She is not your usual sweet Englishwoman, however, for she scolds him most of the time, and Holmes appears not to be offended by this treatment!
Religion is incorporated in this novel extensively, and this is really a draw back. Religion introduced in a Sherlock Holmes's Novel would not strike me as the best idea.
There are some small mysteries scatterd throughout the story, but they are utterly simple, even old Watson could have solved them without sweating. And always Moriarty was mentioned. At the end some letter was solved using some mathematics on base 8 (2 thumps up) and it turned out to be the hardest thing in the story, which resulted in a not so interesting conclusion.
I do not recommend it for any fan of Sherlock Holmes. But if you are more into romance, you might as well like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2011
Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed this book. It successfully resurrects Sherlock Holmes, as the author is able to keep his voice true throughout the book. Moreover, the author uses an ingenious and clever concept in order to bring him back to his legion of fans. The idea of Holmes as mentor to a brilliant young woman is certainly one that takes getting used to. Yet, the author seamlessly weaves his transition from retired recluse to mentor without a hitch.

That brilliant young woman is Mary Russell, a wealthy orphan who, at the age of fifteen, captures the imagination of Sherlock Holmes, who sees in her a kindred spirit. Under his careful tutelage, this young woman, with a mental acuity that rivals his own, over the span of several years becomes as sage a detective as Holmes. Together they have a series of adventures that involve the fine art of deduction and detection.

As their escapades escalate in complexity, they discover themselves pitted against a mind as keen as each of theirs. Their unknown adversary seems hell bent on the dissolution of their partnership and their deaths by whatever means necessary.

This is a highly entertaining work of fiction that fans of Sherlock Holmes should enjoy. Old friends, such as Dr. Watson, Myron Holmes, and Mrs. Hudson, are all part of the fabric of this book. Well-written, the characters are engaging, though the book could have used a bit more editing to make the storyline even tighter. Notwithstanding this one criticism, this is a book that will keep the reader turning the pages.
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Format: Paperback
This is a very wonderful story. I will be brief, but if you like the concept, you'll love the story, guaranteed. It's positively enchanting - and does the original story proud and brings a wonderful new twist. Highly recommended!
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