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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (Jan. 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579529
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #775,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oddsfish on May 14 2004
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I'm rather surprised by the several negative reviews of The Moor. Certainly, it is a little different from the other Mary Russell novels, but I found it to be so enjoyable, only falling short of The Beekeeper's Apprentice. The pace moves like a little stroll in the park, and it's thoroughly pleasant. Mary Russell is, as always, a charming character, and I really enjoyed Holmes and Russell's quiet, rather loving interactions in this novel. The stately character of Sabine Baring-Gould (an extraordinary person in his real life also) overlooking Russell and Holmes in their treks across the moor also adds a lot to the novel, some sense of old English nostalgia. His presense as an old, sometimes difficult, friend also allows for further character development of the two primary characters. Sure, the mystery does take a backseat in the novel. With two dominant characters like Russell and Holmes, it seems there's little room left for plot, but that is how every Mary Russell novel seems to me. It's not a bad thing. Overall, I truly enjoyed The Moor. It's another excellent read in the series and is just a wonderful novel for light afternoon reading. I can't wait to read the next Mary Russell novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 7 2003
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I love Laurie King's Russell/Holmes mystery series. Taking us chronologically beyond where Doyle left off, she pairs Sherlock Holmes with Mary Russell, an intelligent, witty young Jewish theologian who captures the attention of both his mind and his heart. To properly experience the series (and comprehensibly follow the development of the complex relationship between the protagonists), you must read the books in order: "Beekeeper's Apprentice", "Monstrous Regiment of Women", "Letter of Mary", and then "The Moor."
That said, "The Moor" is acceptable as a mystery novel, and hints at further character development for Holmes. For the most part, sadly, it lacks the friendly verbal sparring between Holmes and Russell which is what makes the other books so delightful.
Do read it, if only as a link through to the next in the series. Do not, however, read it before you've read its prequels.
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I had anticipated a story with suspense, spooky, erie scenes involving the moor. At least, I was hoping for some supernatural scenes, even if they would be eventually explained away later as some phosphorescent paint splashed onto a dog's face, or whatever. What I read was a story about a constantly bored Mary, and a boring story line. All the books I read are subjected to my own rating system from stupid or 0 to E for excellent. I almost did not want to finish this book, which would have meant a "0" rating, but I gave it a Fair rating, instead, partially because I love all Holmes stories. I was tempted to give it a "stupid" ratine, but I could not. In brief, there was almost no suspense, very little mystery, and a total lack of the power of Holmes' presence. So a fair rating was probably too high for this disappointing story.
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In the fourth book of the Russell - Holmes series Laurie R. King
presents us with a novel that echoes the time and pace of the surroundings - the moor. As many reviewers noted, the pace is slow. Time is spent on atmosphere, character development, and in subltle humor that will not be to the taste of everyone. I liked this book better than books two and three in the series, but that might have been because I was in the mood for more leisurely pursuits than when I read the other two. I think Ms. King handled the challenge of returning to the scene of perhaps Holmes' most famous case, in a deft and successful way, but don't read this immediately after watching an Indiana Jones movie. Put the kettle on to boil, let the tea steep, and take your time.
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By A Customer on Feb. 1 2004
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This book is awfully slow going and pretty boring. The author spends most of her time describing things like her opinions, her surroundings, and the books she reads to fill in the time because even she is often bored. Unlike Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, the sense of mystery and tension just isn't in THE MOOR. Naturally, things pick up at the very end, but after trudging through some 400 pages to get there I mostly felt relief that the story was finally over.
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This is the fourth book by Laurie King about Mary Russell and her partner, Sherlock Holmes. King is a superb writer and she captures the eeriness of the English moor, but I was a bit disappointed with this novel, and give it a lower rating than the first three books in the series.
This is a good book -- with interesting characters and circumstances -- but the pacing is very sloooooow, the mystery is not terribly interesting and, most egregious of all, the dialogue between Russell and Holmes, usually the high point of this great series, never sparkles. Perhaps others are disappointed at the lack of detail concerning the couple's romantic life; I am more interested in their intellectual communion, and that is sorely missing here. I also noticed a fair number of typographical errors for the first time in the series, suggesting lazy or hurried writing, or perhaps a lack of editorial assistance. Perhaps Ms. King should take a rest between novels? It's a shame that this book does not live up to expectations, being a continuation (of sorts) of Holmes' greatest adventure. The mood of the moor and Baskerville Hall are great, the many characters are well written, but unfortunately the spark is not here. Still a fun read for fans, but not as good as the three previous efforts. I will continue to follow the series, but will probably buy them used.
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