Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."A June summer's evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend's beloved aunt has failed to return following a supervised outing from Bedlam. After the previous few weeks--with a bloody murder, a terrible loss, and startling revelations about Holmes--Russell is feeling a bit unbalanced herself. The last thing she wants is to deal with the mad, and yet, she can't say no.The Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, yet he seemed to be improving--or at least, finding a point of balance in her madness. So why did she disappear? Did she take the family's jewels with her, or did someone else? The Bedlam nurse, perhaps? The trail leads Russell and Holmes through Bedlam's stony hall...
|Title||:||Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15) Reviews
Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun.
It was a pleasure to be introduced to Mary Russell. This is my first book of the series and I've enjoyed the fun detective.
The story begins with the disappearance of Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, an aunt of Mary's close friend, Ronnie. After looking into Lady Vivian's history, Mary uncovers a secret that her friend's aunt has been hiding for most of her adult life. And the last piece of information gives Mary an approximate whereabouts of Lady Vivian. Not wasting any time, Russell is off to Italy, a ...more
I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russell and Holmes follow her trail to Venice, which has just come under the rule of Mussolini and the fascists, and all the historical details were awesome. They end up rubbing elbows with people like Cole Porter, so t ...more
Enjoyed this installment very much. Mary and Sherlock spend a lot of time together and demonstrate both affection and respect for each other. Although it's never mushy, you can see their devotion if you read between the lines. There is a welcome return to her featuring real-life famous people (or famous fictional people!) in her plots. This time it is Cole Porter and his wife, Linda and also Elsa Maxwell. I love the way she places the sleuths in interesting and important historical places and ti ...more
I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway.
I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind.
Mary Russell's college friend's great aunt Lady Vivian has absconded with the family jewels with her caretaker.
Mary agrees to take on the case, interviewing associates and family members of this once vibrant young woman who has spent several ...more
Island Of The Mad
Laurie R. King
What it's all about...
Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend’s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and complicated situations. It’s the era of Fascism, Black Shirts and Cole Porter! It’s an era of hiding your true sexuality...especially if you happen to be gay.
Why I wanted to read it...
There are so many of these Russell/Holmes books t ...more
I love historical mysteries and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are must haves on my list. Island of the Mad is another winner. The time is 1925 and Russell and Holmes need a break, to find peace and quiet. That won't happen because the aunt of a friend has gone missing from Bedlam, the insane asylum. The lady in question has spent many years institutionalized and, at the time of her disappearance, she was attending a family event in the company of her nurse. Why did she leave and where did she ...more
The plot of this book revolves around the search for Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, the young aunt of Mary Russell's college friend Ronnie). Specifically, Lady Vivian has gone missing from (sorta) Bedlam. She's spent most of her adult life in various mental institutions, at first against her will and then eventually by choice (of a sort) because it is where she is safe.
As per usual, Laurie R. King weaves together a few distinct threads into one story. In Island of the Mad we've got mental institutio ...more