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Author: Laurie R King
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 29th October 2012
Part of the series:
The Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Series
Includes the novella Beekeeping for Beginners
Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today’s most acclaimed mystery series. Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.
In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding at the door. Out in the hive-like streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits.
Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim — who may be a Robin Hood, or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.
With the dazzling mix of period detail and contemporary pace that is her hallmark, Laurie R. King continues the stunningly suspenseful series that Lee Child called 'the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.'
'GARMENT OF SHADOWS is written in a different tone from PIRATE KING - which contains a degree of pastiche on the swash-buckling films of the 1920s. In this latest novel Mary works alongside her husband Sherlock Holmes to a much greater degree. Nevertheless she finds herself in a good deal of trade-mark, nail-biting situations where her heroic resourcefulness alone can save both herself and "the day". This is a more sober and political novel, more espionage than whodunnit and quite literally a "cloak and dagger" adventure. I recommend it for those who like their crime laced with social and political background. King manages to amalgamate her research into place and period seamlessly and this adventurous slice of life in early twentieth century colonial North Africa during the rise of a nationalist, anti-colonial movement throws an interesting light on a region that has come into the contemporary spotlight with the events of the "Arab Spring" and what has followed.'Eurocrime
'King fashions a deeply political and emotional narrative….The language is incredibly rich but always precise, the history of this time in Morocco woven with a contemporary eye on the wheels within wheels. As always, the relationship between Holmes and Russell is utterly understated yet traced with heat and light.”Booklist
'Original and intriguing...Creat[es] plenty of excitement in a hazardous journey….this tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times.'Publishers Weekly
'This is King at her best, showcasing her characters in full swing as individuals before reuniting them and taking the story deep into its main theme. Utterly believable, wildly improbable, totally plausible, GARMENT OF SHADOWS is a more than worthy addition to this now long-running series, and comes highly recommended.'It's a Crime! (Or a Mystery...)