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Longtime fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, might think that their favorite sleuth met his fate at the hands of Dr. Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Anyone who believes that, however, obviously hasn't read Laurie R. King's delightful series featuring Holmes and his wife(!), Mary Russell. In The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Holmes succumbs to the Oxford scholar's charms; now, in The Moor, fourth in the series, Holmes and Russell are summoned to Devonshire to solve a tin miner's mysterious death. Lonely Dartmoor provides plenty of opportunities for King to both relate the haunting legends of that part of the world and offer some amusing revisions to one of Holmes's most famous cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Though Holmes purists might resent the liberties taken with their hero, readers in search of a strong female protagonist, some fascinating local history, and spooky ambience will enjoy The Moor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA?The Hound of the Baskervilles is back?or is it? Certainly Sherlock Holmes thought he had sorted the whole matter out some 30 years earlier, but now his lifelong friend, the curmudgeonly Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, calls Holmes to Dartmoor to sort out new sightings and solve an eerie murder. The detective in turn calls for his new wife, who arrives promptly at Baring-Gould's quasi-Elizabethan house, situated on the edge of the oppressive moor. As in the previous books, King chronicles the adventures of a strong young woman who is a wonderful match and foil for a very Conan Doyle-like Sherlock and creates a wonderful sense of time and place. In this case, it is Dartmoor in 1924. The moor becomes a looming presence and as much of a character as Baring-Gould, the local farmers and peasantry, and the new owners of Baskerville Hall. Familiarity with the original tale is not necessary, but those unacquainted with it before reading this book will surely want to go back to it. King has again successfully brought the famous sleuth into the 20th century and provided him with an assistant much more his match than poor Dr. Watson. The plot is thought-provoking, the solution satisfyingly Holmesian, and the whole adventure gratifying. This is definitely a worthy continuation of a hopefully longer series. It's not only an excellent mystery, but also a fine introduction to Holmes and a more-than-adequate survey of the time.?Susan H. Woodcock, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
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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... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Joseph M. Patane
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004
I just finished reading this book. I love the way Ms. King has written this series. I have enjoyed the series very much so far adn look forward to reading more adventures of my... Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Denise K. Perkins
this is my first foray into laurie king's world and mary russell. the tale is has a decidely vicrtorian feel and doesn't make her heroine too feminist acting considering the times. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Reality tourist
THE MOOR starts well and ends well, but it's way too long -- with a lot of seemingly repetitive sequences (how many baths? how many walks on the moor? Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002 by MLPlayfair
I am reading the Mary Russell books in order so I, obviously, don't have a problem with the premise of Mary and Sherlock working together. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Michael Sullivan