Justice Hall
Laurie R. King
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Justice Hall (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #6)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  6,677 ratings  ·  401 reviews
Laurie R. King's Mary Russell novels aren't just pallid Sherlock Holmes imitations. Indeed, Holmes's marriage to Oxford theologian Mary Russell seems to have revitalized the Baker Street investigator. Justice Hall picks up where The Moor left us so breathlessly. Mary and her pipe-smoking partner-in-crime-solving are now threading their way back through paternity secrets an...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 625 pages
Published August 28th 2002 by Thorndike Press (first published 2002)
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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...more
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
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, usually 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 bloodl...more
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,...more
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...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

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.

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
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...more
Aaron Hunter
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
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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
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...more
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
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
I'm so glad I gave Laurie King a second chance after losing interest in the previous volume. Justice Hall was a great read. It's true I started skimming this book, too - but not until near the end of the last chapter, and only because I was getting sleepy and couldn't bear to put it down without finishing it!

It's obvious the author has done her research about the early 1920's. The fashions and ways of behaving are more old-fashioned than I would have imagined, but in fact they are accurate. I fi...more
Jun 16, 2014 D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of conan doyle, sayers, and feminism
QUITE a bit of plot development was crammed into the final fifty pages, but somehow king made it feel earned and not actually rushed. i'm sure it helped that the main characters were folks we've been getting to know since O Jerusalem, but even beyond that king managed to set up an emotional urgency with certain elements of the denouement that actually brought tears to my eyes.

particularly pleasing extras were the little details she dropped about country manor life -- the ritual in opening revere...more
My review for this issue in the Mary Russell series is mixed. Overall it was okay to I liked it and sometimes I liked it very much. My favorite book in the series was O Jerusalem, and Justice Hall brings back two of the characters from that book. I enjoyed visiting them again. The WWI history in Justice Hall was interesting, and I got some new views of how soldiers were treated and what they faced as the war neared its end. But, some of the depictions of the characters I found unbelievable. And,...more
It was SO worth slogging through O Jerusalem for this!
Sara Sheehy
My favorite of the series so far.
I love this series. [contented sigh]
This one brings in Laurie Kings knowledge of the Old Testament which she studied, but also war life. her descriptions are chilling..... life in trenches brought to all too vivid pictures in her letters from Gabriel, the now dead heir to Justice Hall.

We see the decadence of wealth in England (an enormous estate is transformed into Egypt for a party, for example) to the grim reality of the war. The uncovering of the future heir is plausible, and takes us briefly to Canada......which brings out the...more
I am so loving rereading this series, and I think that Justice Hall has to be one of my favorites by this author. First of all, I love everything about Laurie R. King's writing style. She knows how to grab a reader and keep them with just the right amounts of description, dialogue and action. She adds enough information about the main characters that you could pick up a book mid-series, but she does not overdo it and bore the devoted reader to tears. And I like that she writes brainy mysteries -...more
A very enjoyable read. The writing was superb, the historic events that inspired the plot were heartbreaking and beautifully handled, but I felt like a lot of literary cheating went on to allow the tidy conclusion. When learning to write fiction, one thing I hear over and over again is that using coincidences to further your story is dangerous, and using them to provide a conclusion is unforgivable. While the events that allowed this story to wrap up were not strictly coincidences, they had a bi...more
I love this series and this book did not disappoint. It started out more than a bit slow, as it did take us a while to find out what exactly the mystery was, but it was fun to reunite with characters from O Jerusalem. Something is wrong with the succession at Justice Hall. The current Duke longs to return to his nomadic life, but is bound by duty, while a killer lurks in the wings. I love Mary Russell who is both smart and strong. The addition of Iris to this novel, made it all the better for re...more
Ron Arden
It's summer and there's nothing better than to fall into a good old fashioned Sherlock Holmes mystery. Fortunately this one has Mary Russell and some of the characters from their adventures in O Jerusalem. It was great reading about the cold weather in England as I was reading in the hot weather of July.

The story is a classic yarn about who is in line to be the 7th Duke of Beauville; a very prestigious title in England. Marsh and Alistair are part of the old Hughenfort family, but were known as...more
Aug 18, 2012 Carl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery or Holmes fans
Laurie King has done it again – another exceptional novel in the Holmes-Russell series. Although not absolutely necessary, I do recommend that one reads the fifth book in the series, "O Jerusalem," before reading "Justice Hall." The major characters in "O Jerusalem" - Holmes, Russell, Mahmoud, and Ali - are again the central characters in "Justice Hall;" consequently, a better understanding of their background and their relationship from the prior book will lead to a greater understanding of the...more
We're up to #6 in Laurie King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. We're back home from The Moor, which was October and have no more than started to unpack than Ali Hazr falls in through their front door with an incredible story of a ducal family, a number of deaths which have upset the inheritance pattern & will Holmes and Mary help him to persuade "Marsh" to leave his inheritance and come back to Palestine where they belong. The family has always used righteousness/justice as their watch...more
I'm still a little undecided as to how I felt about this book. Granted, I skipped O Jerusalem before I read this one, and Russell and Holmes's client here is a main character from the other book. That caused some disconnect. It was also really, really slow to go anywhere. Nearly the first half of the book, both Russell and Holmes kept wondering if there even was a mystery or case to be found in the first place. I found myself starting to wonder that, too, and didn't know why I should care. There...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
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...more
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