The Murder of Mary Russell : Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • by Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Laurie R. King's best-selling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense.
Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?
Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?
Russell's faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson's son. What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him - as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered - a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air - the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson. Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.
The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson's past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets - to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away. There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same.

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What the Critics Say

"Be forewarned - Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons's amazing joint narration of King's newest Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mystery will keep you absolutely hooked." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Somewhat lacking in Sherlock and Mary.

Just a little warning to those who have been enjoying this series, that the majority of this book takes place away from our favourite couple. Jenny Sterlin is great as ever and the story is interesting without being as engrossing as some of the others.
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- Miss

So disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea


What could Laurie R. King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stuck to the Mrs. Hudson character as she has always been. This total change in her personality just doesn't ring true.


What does Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

To me Jenny Sterling is Mary Russell, her voice is perfect.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The parts focusing on Russell and Holmes were as good as always.


Any additional comments?

I don't know if I shall bother with any future books, I'll wait and see, but this is one I shall not be listening to again.

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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books