I was given a arc copy of this book by Random House Publishing Group for a honest review and this will be coming out on Feb.17 2015. So lets get started.
This book is about :
I am going to use the publishers description of the books since there was so much going on in this book its was had to keep track of everything.
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.
My thoughts about the book:
Wait are you telling me this is a Sherlock Holmes book that has like 1% of Sherlock Holmes and 99 % of Mary Russell. I don’t think it should even be called Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. Sadly Sherlock Holmes in this book seems more like a lap cat then a husband. Of course I felt the writing was fantastic and the scenes in Japan during the time was spot on. I just felt it need 20% more Sherlock Holmes. Beside that it was a good book.
I gave this book 3 stars out of 5stars.
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