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Justice Hall (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #6)

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Narrator Mary Russell and husband Sherlock Holmes seek truth of doomed heir to Justice Hall. An unknown officer convinced Gabriel to be executed for cowardice. Cousins we met before as Bedouins Ali and Mahmoud Hazr, are now known as Alistair and Marsh, current unwilling heir someone is attacking. Can the Holmeses find an heir to free their friends back to Arabia?
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published April 2002 by Random House Bantam (first published 2002)
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Kim
Aug 19, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle

This sixth novel in the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series may be my favourite so far. If so, it is not because of the mystery, which is whether the battlefield execution of a young officer in WWI was in fact a sophisticated murder. Nor it is because of anything that Russell and Holmes actually did in the course of the novel, although they remain on good form.

In my view, the chief strength of the novel lies in two characters who made their first appearance in the preceding novel in the serie
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Moonlight Reader
Aug 16, 2016 Moonlight Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-o-b-b-l-e
This is my second time through this book - the first time I read it, this time I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jenny Sterlin. While I've gotten bogged down in The Pirate King previously (book 11), I do intend to break the back of this series this time through.

Having said that, I write this review having previously read the next four books in the series: The Game, Locked Rooms, The Language of Bees and The God of the Hive, as well as the five preceding books. At least at this point, this
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Magdalena
Justice Hall story takes place quite directly after The Moor when Holmes and Russell find a bloodied guest at their doorstep begging for help. It actually makes a lot of sense to why O Jerusalem came before this book despite that the story takes place directly after The Moor. You just have to rad this book and the previous to find out why...

Russell and Holmes have to help Marsh Hughenfort discover the truth about the death of his nephew Gabriel Hughenfort who died in the Great War of 1918. But,
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Julia
Jun 22, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, dropbox
Once I have managed to transplant myself someplace with more shelf space, I know all of the Marry Russell novels in hardcover will be moving in with them. Reading this book was a struggle for self-control, as I am simultaneously anxious to read faster, faster and find the resolution of the mystery, while at the same time I want to slow down and savor each subtle and delightful sentence. I look forward to the re-read, when the whip of mystery will be gone and I can simply relish the wonderful cha ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I do try to be sparring in handing out five stars--and I've read some really fine books lately. But this series is a favorite of mine, and this might be my favorite of the books yet. For those who don't know, the Mary Russell series is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche. King created a female counterpart and partner for Sherlock Holmes--a much younger, feminist Jewish American partner. Oh, so many ways it could have gone wrong! But I loved the first Mary Russell book I picked up in the middle of the ser ...more
Ron
Fun, but not up to the quality of King's previous Mary Russell tales. Too many holes, convenient coincidences and an unsatisfactory conclusion--even the casual reader sees that the "trap" for the guilty will both fail and probably endanger the innocent. The set-up is fine, using characters from an earlier story to good effect.

The plot revolves around the succession to a fictional peerage near top of English nobility, and yet the development betrays an American's superficial view of how bloodlin
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CatBookMom
I haven't read O Jerusalem yet, but the synopsis of this was just so tempting, especially by comparison to Pirate King, which I'd started and was finding hard going. It's been a very fast read.

6/30 - finished this last night. I don't have words for the way Gabriel came to die in 1918. Highly recommended.
Tracey
Jul 04, 2009 Tracey rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Just beautiful.

In the combined desire to reread the Holmes/Russell series and still hurry to get to Pirate King, I skipped two books: Letter of Mary I did not have, and O Jerusalem was a departure of setting and plotline, and took place a step out of time in the series, so that I felt safe leaving it out for the time being. (I will get back to it before long.) Such is the beauty of this series that it was perfectly possible to do so and still happily read this sixth book, which not o
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Kiersten
Jul 16, 2012 Kiersten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series, and Justice Hall is my favorite of the bunch. I'm on a definite Sherlock Holmes kick lately, so that helps, but I also just think that King is a great writer. The word that keeps popping into my head when I think about her writing is "erudition." She is not necessarily a beautiful writer; her style isn't poetic or particularly lovely in anyway, but she's a smart writer. She doesn't hold the reader's hand. I feel like she assumes that her readers are intelligent and can ...more
Aaron Hunter
Mar 08, 2013 Aaron Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An exquisite return to form - not formulae - by Laurie R. King after the flounderings of The Moor, Justice Hall is a stimulating and nuanced mystery. Drawing upon the best of her previous texts, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and O Jerusalem, Justice Hall reunites Mary Russell and Holmes with their closest comrades, the Hazr "brothers" of Palestine. Now returned to England and trapped by ancestral nobility, these men have sought the assistance of those they can trust to both honour and find freedom ...more
Minh
Jan 22, 2012 Minh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this entry in the Mary Russell series. Perhaps it was because I'd just finished O Jerusalem only a week ago and the characters Mahmoud and Ali were still so very strong in my mind, this was easily my favourite since the first book in the series.

Mary and Holmes return home almost immediately after the events The Moor to discover Alister stumbling into their home, an english caricature of the wild Ali they met in Palestine. And so the mystery continues with t
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Linda
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series Book #6

DECEMBER 1923
Mary and Holmes are recovering quietly at home in Sussex from their adventure in Dartmoor, when they are startled by the turning up of a face they had not seen since they left Jerusalem in 1918. It is revealed that the men they knew as Muhammad and Alli Hazard, two Arab brothers, were in fact two very British Peers of the realm. Muhammod is in fact a newely inherited Duke. Mary and Holmes are dragged by Alli to Muhammad's very beautifu
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sage
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Gail
Another fantastic adventure of Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. Seemingly unevenly matched, Mary is quite a bit younger than her husband, interested in theology, and rich as can be. However, they are a match, mind to mind, wit to wit, and adventurous spirit to adventurous spirit.

In this sixth volume, Mary and Holmes are invited to Justic Hall. A familiar stranger visits them and invites them to the home of the Duke of Beauville, Justice Hall. A very prominent family guided by duty,
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Quint
May 04, 2013 Quint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most heartwarming and tearjerking novels I have read in a long time. At the same time, the last chapters was so suspenseful I had a choice of reaching for a soda or a tissue.

The story is set in post-World War I and talks a lot about the experiences of the troops, the incompetency of British military leadership and its aftermath, and how it impacted even an important British family. Mary went to Canada to find an individual and the heir to a British family, but it did not end
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
2.75-ish

A fair to middling entrance in the series - not terrible, and not great, but maybe a little bit better than just ok.

It was interesting to see Mahmoud and Ali again from 'O Jerusalem', and in such a different context.

I think some of the best parts were the historical bits - like learning more about the War and the British governments cases of executing soldiers for desertion or, in the case of the story, for refusing bad orders, without any real trial or defense. It was sad and horrible.

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Kspeare
Feb 21, 2010 Kspeare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
JUSTICE HALL is my favorite Russell/Holmes mystery. In general, this series has the blend of mystery, finely drawn characterization and setting, humor, and *just enough* romance that I prefer. Each book is more than the sum of those parts, though, and this one is quite a bit more.

Set around 1923 mainly in a fictional Great House of England, it reunites Russell and Holmes with well-remembered characters from an earlier book, almost unrecognizeable in their current roles. The book's mystery revolv
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Benjamin Thomas
This is the 6th in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. It picks up very shortly after the 5th book's conclusion and, indeed, involves two of my favorite characters from the series (outside of Holmes and Russell): Ali and his brother Mahmoud. In fact, the attraction of this particular entry in the series is not Russell or Holmes or even the mystery that permeates this story. Rather it is those two "supporting" characters and the mystery of their lives and backgrounds. Throw in the setting it ...more
Kirsten
I was a little dubious about these mysteries, which feature Sherlock Holmes and a younger female protegee named Mary Russel, but I actually ended up enjoying this quite a lot. King ends up truly writing a mystery in the Sherlockian vein, albeit longer than most of Doyle's; there are the same sort of improbable machinations, with people running about in disguise and impersonating nobility and all of that good stuff. King also, wisely perhaps, keeps Russel firmly in the foreground of the mystery, ...more
Ali
Sep 04, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Justice Hall" is my favorite in the series so far -- probably not quite worth four stars, but a solid three and a half. King's writing is smooth and it's easy to fall into the book quickly and completely.

I enjoy her books set in England much more than I do those in other countries, and she really seems to hit her stride in this novel of the English peerage and country houses. Her treatment of World War I is also very moving and poignant, and I found myself nearly tearing up when reading some o
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Lisa
Nov 20, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels by Laurie King. I enjoyed this one much more than O Jerusalem, which I had a hard time finishing. In this book Ali and Mohamed return from Palestine (the scene of O Jerusalem), but under dramatically different circumstances. Mary and Sherlock are shocked to discover that Mohamed (now referred to as "Marsh") is a wealthy and reluctant duke, overseer of Justice Hall in England. Marsh return to England upon the death of the rightful ...more
Emily
Sep 25, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
After having a really hard time getting through O Jerusalem (c'mon, I can only take so much description of trudging along in the sand), I totally enjoyed this novel. I had read enough of O Jerusalem to get a good idea of the characters Mahmoud and Ali and I was happy to see them back in a very different context here. The story of Mahmoud's, or Marsh's, nephew pretty much brought me to tears. I didn't really expect the story to be that intense and real and it caught me off guard, but in a really ...more
Margaret
Justice Hall begins with a bang, when Russell opens the door and finds their friend Ali (whom we met in O Jerusalem) wounded and fainting on the doorstep; it turns out that Ali and his cousin Mahmoud are really Alistair and Marsh Hughenfort, and that Marsh is in fact the Duke of Beauville. Ali asks for Holmes and Russell to help Marsh, thus drawing them into a web of family loyalties and treacheries dating back to the execution of the ducal heir during WWI. The mystery is intriguing, the pacing ...more
Krisette Spangler
Aug 06, 2013 Krisette Spangler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I never wanted this book to end. Ms. King's writing is so delicious; I just lost myself in early 20th century England. The descriptions were just breathtaking, and I loved the look at the English aristocracy. The only issue I had was with the way the killer acted at the end of the novel. It would have been too obvious, so I couldn't give it the five star rating I wanted to. I'm looking forward to picking up volume seven in the series very soon.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the novel:

"Cl
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Elizabeth
Oct 03, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's a rare, rare thing when I figure out where Ms. King is going before she gets there. But this time I did. But it was fine. It was because I knew what would be Right in this book and Laurie R. King gave it to us. Once again.

Laurie R. King has become one of my favorites. She never ever lets me down. This installment is just as perfect to the reader as previous Russell/Holmes books. Can't wait to start the next.
Judy
Feb 22, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Renita D'Silva
Recommended to Judy by: M.R. Graham
I continue to enjoy the team of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Called to help old friends, they find out that Ali and Mahmoud were not who they appeared to be. A lovely, complex and suspenseful plot with twists and turns - another enjoyable read.
Mimi
It's hard for me to give out a four star rating for a series mystery, but this one was definitely a strong and enjoyable entry into the Mary Russell series. Intriguing mystery, well written, and good story.
Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I have found that the novels in Laurie R. Kings' series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes to be like hearty bread from the oven: warm and satisfying.
Rebecca
Jan 26, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. [contented sigh]
Leila
It was SO worth slogging through O Jerusalem for this!
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Other Books in the Series

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
  • A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3)
  • The Moor (Mary Russell, #4)
  • O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
  • The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
  • Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
  • The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
  • The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
  • Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)

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