Dreaming Spies

Dreaming Spies

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

eBook - 2015
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-- Thomas Carlyle 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. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --The Boston Globe
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House Inc 2015
ISBN: 9780345531803
0345531809
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)

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LauraSteinert
Sep 12, 2016

I am so thankful that instead of spending a third of the book going back over previous installments, King used footnotes so that new to the series people know what books to go back to, and she didn't bore me to tears with rehash. This is non-stop action and investigation and intrigue. This segment of the saga is set in a "now" then switches to the formerly skipped over visit to Japan, then comes back to the now. The transition is fluid and nearly seamless. As always Russell and Holmes get roped into an case that is more trouble, pain, and annoyance than adventure. King has a wonderful take on Japan during the period between the wars, and a deep respect for the culture (as she has with all previous cultures she has presented). I'm a faithful Laurie R. King fan.

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brangwinn
Jan 02, 2016

This is not the book to reading start the Mary Russell series. It's definitely a series that you need some background to understand Mary Russell's marriage to Sherlock Holmes. As she says in this book she married the older Holmes for adventure. It's a marriage that abounds in this. In mostly flash backs she tells the story of time spent in Japan, her friendship with a real ninja and how she helps retrieve a valuable book for the emperor of Japan, Hirohito. Although I knew from almost the beginning who the real blackmailer was, there are plenty of red herring. And unlike some books when I' expectations solved the meaning early, there's enough action a travel dialogue about Japan to keep me up till 1am to reach the satisfying end. One of the things I like about the Mary Russell series is her relationship to Holmes. I've always considered Holmes pompous and conceited. Mary manages to remain his intellectual, independent partner.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 21, 2015

As Holmes puts it, there are no coincidences. This book has way too many of them, though, as he and Mary go home from India via Japan. On board ship, they meet a blackmailer from Holmes ' past, and a cultured Japanese woman who's all but stalking them--to what purpose? They follow her lead, and danger and adventure, as usual, follow. This series has not lost its edge.

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sandraperkins
Aug 22, 2015

I have enjoyed the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series very much, though some books are more enjoyable than others. This is one of my favorites. I enjoyed learning about Japan and Japanese culture along with Mary, and the plot was clever and kept me guessing. The book is also designed beautifully, with Japanese and Arts and Crafts references,

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jazpur
May 14, 2015

I liked this book. It's the first Laurie King I have read.The title and the setting drew me into the web of intrigue and mystery where everything is not as it seems. Well researched, informative and amusingly written from another angle of the Sherlock Holmes genre.It would make a very good film. The cover is a delight. Very restrained and Japanese.

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ShamaBole
May 07, 2015

She is back to more of a good old-fashioned whodunit rather than some religious research based story obviously dear to the author's heart

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emerge
Jan 14, 2015

Fans of this series will not be disappointed. There have been allusions in other books to their "Japan adventure" & now we get the whole story. What a story it is....blackmail, murder, international scandal, ninjas & lots of sake.
The author's trademark content of diverse, colourful characters, complex plot lines & dry wit is intact. And of course, the entertaining verbal sparring between Mary & Sherlock. I've read most of the books in this series & think this is one of the best.

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