But I should have given Laurie King more credit, because The Moor not only held it's...more
Having perused the earlier installments of your chronicles with a good degree of enjoyment, I regret to say that I am somewhat disappointed in this one. The mystery’s premise is valid, if rather simple, but the execution is sorely lacking. I find it to be utterly uninvolving and rather incoherent. Where’s the suspense? And all this traipsing across the moors, abundantly padded with repetitive descriptions of mundane activities such as meals and hot baths, is extrem...more
...Along the same lines, one thing that surprises me in this book is that Russell complains that the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould's treatment of theology is haphazard--yet doesn't seem to realize that he's not merely evaluating theology, he's doing it. (Which means that as a scholar herself she needs to be evaluating what he's doing on its own terms.) Again--deliberate on King's part, or a flaw in her abili...more
The disappointment in this book was the ending. It seemed as if there was a huge climatic build up but that was not to be. Instead there was a confusing and jumb...more
I did not enjoy this book as much as the earlier ones in the series. It could be because I listened to it as opposed to reading it. I was not crazy about the narrator. A...more
Holmes is called back to Dartmoor to aid an old friend an...more
There is a deliberate use of many of the elements of Holmes' most famous case - The Hound of the Baskervilles. These elements are introduced deliberatel...more
I wish I had been able to listen.
Meanwhile, the book is summed up as follows. (Here be spoilers)
Holmes--"Russell, come to rainy, foggy Devonshire."
Mary---"No." (Changes mind)
Mary tramps through mud, gets wet, dirty, hungry cold. Takes bath.
The Reverend Baring-Gould, "I won't be around much, but I am old, my house is queer, and I don't think much of you, only Holmes."
I believe I knew who the "bad guy" was before the end, which is ok for me, in this series.. but I hope it doesn'...more
While at Oxford studing Theology, Holmes telegraphs Russell and demands she join him in Dartmoor. Russell is annoyed but does as her husband asks. Once there, it becomes clear that someone is trying to resurrect the old folklore of the moor, and is mixing it with the c...more
At the end of the book there are about a hundred pages when things come together and the plot becomes interesting but the rest of the book has little mystery to entrance the reader and I found a l...more
This very personal story read more slowl...more
If you aren’t familiar with Laurie King’s books, her most famous series follows Mary Russell who is Sherlock Holmes’ much younger wife that helps him solve mysteries later in his life. In this book, Mary and Sherlock revisit the home of the Hound of the Baskervilles to help solve...more
Plot is distinctly secondary (tertiary?) to setting and character. It's interesting to see how the clues fit together, but the real pleasure is the company of Russell, and her evolving relationships with the three other main characters of The Moor; namely...more
October 11, 2010
The book I recently read is called The Moor, written by Laurie R. King. The story takes place in Dartmoor. The majority of the story takes place on the actual moor. This is also the same area where the book about Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of Baskervilles took place. The book is told in a first person point of view. The main character is Mary Russell Holmes (also the narrator).
Mary Russell Holmes is an extremely intelligent woman. She is mo...more
Mary makes a very beguiling storyteller and I find her description of her adventures and her unconventional marriage utterly captivating. The prose is full of sly wit and clever observation of the human condition, and even though it evokes the period beautifully, it seems to say a lot about contemporary life too.
I must admit that I have not yet actually read 'The Hound of the Baskervil...more
A return to Dartmoor, where one of Holmes' most famous cases took place - The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I haven't read since high school, but remember the general gist.
I think this was the weakest book of the series so far. I complained, in 'Monstrous Regiment of Women', how much time was spent of theological and historical issues, which were interesting but not entirely relevant to the case. But while that book meandered about in various directions, those philosophical ponderings were...more
King's next novel The Bones of Paris, will be out in September 2013, seeing Touchstone's Harris Stuyvesant and Bennett Grey find the darkness beneath the light of 1929 Paris. In the Russell se...more