Justice Hall Mass Market Paperback – Feb 4 2003
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Mary Russell mysteries should be read and reread many times by all.Published 1 month ago by acesmom
"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
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