Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
October 9th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Laurie R. King’s novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo is finally trying to take a little time for themselves—only to be swept up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.

After a lengthy case that had the couple traipsing all over India, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with some family business that Russell has been neglecting for far too long. Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in southern Japan. The cruising steamer Thomas Carlyle is leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Though they’re not the vacationing types, Russell is looking forward to a change of focus—not to mention a chance to travel to a location Holmes has not visited before. The idea of the pair being on equal footing is enticing to a woman who often must race to catch up with her older, highly skilled husband.

Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be.

Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford, Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could spark revolution—and topple an empire.

Praise for Dreaming Spies

“[Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell’s] unusual partnership is, as always, a delight to observe, and [Laurie R.] King expertly combines rich historical detail, deftly drawn characters and taut suspense. For Holmes fans, mystery lovers and those interested in either Japan or Oxford, this novel is a multilayered and entirely enjoyable journey.”—Shelf Awareness

“Compulsively readable . . . Through astute, precise, and elegant writing, great attention to time and place, and beautifully realized characters, King has created a mystery series that is at once intelligent, reflective, and action filled.”—Library Journal

“A story that keeps the reader enthralled . . . one of the most consistently outstanding mystery series out there. Any time spent with the Russell-Holmes duo is a delight.”—Booklist

“Snappy prose and a captivating plot distinguish King’s fourteenth novel featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. . . . Many will find the character deepened by his partnership with the spirited and clever Russell.”—Publishers Weekly

“The author continues to offer up incredible plotlines. . . . [Holmes and Russell’s] emotional bond only adds to the magic, suspense, and beauty of the original creation. King’s imagination continues to shine!”—Suspense Magazine

“[King] manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism–cum-intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345531795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345531797
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Another winner in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 21, 2015
By MET45
I have been a fan of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series since the first book, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, was published in 1994. This latest in the series will please long-time fans like me for a number of reasons (outlined below) but can also be read with enjoyment by people new to the books about Mary Russell and her considerably older husband, Sherlock Holmes. If Dreaming Spies is your first Sherlock Holmes & Mary Russell book, however, make haste to lay hands on The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, then devour the rest of this delightful series, in order if possible.

I got lost in the shell game at the end

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 26, 2015
By DRob
I've been a fan of these books since the very first one and was glad to see in this one that Holmes played more of a role than he has in the last few books. In this book, Homes and Russell take a slow boat to Japan. On the boat they encounter a blackmailer and a mysterious Japanese woman, who, it turns out, came onto the boat specifically to meet them and enlist them in a case of helping to recover an item that the Japanese crown prince mistakenly gave to the King of England and that is now being used to blackmail the Emperor.

Better than the last few

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 21, 2015
By plum9195
Finally, Ms. King seems to be going back to her per- Pirate King days and this book is better for it. I almost did not buy this book, because of the disappointment in the last few of the series. But faced with a long flight and nothing else on the Kindle bookshelf I bit the bullet and hoped for the best, I was rewarded.

Renewed purpose in a long running series

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2015
By Anissa Rivers
The latest in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series from Laurie King shows a renewed sense of purpose and creativity in a long running series. By filling in past details and continuing the story to the character's present day, it brings both continuity and a fresh perspective on the characters and their decision making.

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