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Justice Hall (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #6)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,016 Ratings  ·  495 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Pirate King.

Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one murky riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door...literally. It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holm
ebook, 267 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Bantam (first published 2002)
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Jan 26, 2012 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
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,
Jul 07, 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
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
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
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,
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
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

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.

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
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
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Oct 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
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
Jan 24, 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
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
Sep 25, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Krisette Spangler
Feb 20, 2014 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:

Mar 13, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed these books until I got started on this one. And this is one of the best of the series. Bringing back some familiar faces as well as introducing new, King tells an intriguing story of murder, honor, and family ties. I enjoy these mysteries because they have a slower--but no less intense--pace than most modern mysteries and suspense novels. And much of that is due to the time period. Set in the 1910s, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes don't have the luxury of cel ...more
Mark Robertson
Oct 09, 2015 Mark Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale involves the Hazr brothers, introduced into the series in O Jerusalem, who have returned to their native country in order to attend a funeral and also to attend to family matters. It turns out that their family is one of England's most prominent, and the family matters threaten to keep this pair of would-be Beduins permanently away from their adopted homeland of Palestine.

Without giving away any details, it is fair to say that this story involves Russell and Holmes in the investigatio
Sep 12, 2015 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been unaware of this series until I picked up this book. I've read a number of post Conan Doyle Holmes stories recently and this has to be the best. By choosing a new companion for Holmes the need to replicate the 'Watson' style is negated. Quite how the misogynist Holmes has managed to marry a woman many years his junior is no doubt explained in earlier books in the series. He plays a fairly minor part in this story - whether that is usual I don't know. Clearly I need to read earlier volu ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beware old friends, they can lead you to new adventures.
Russell and Holmes open their door to find someone who appears familiar. Because he is so far out of place, even Holmes and Russell need a few minutes to recognize Ali, from the book Oh, Jerusalem!. Ali, it seems, is a British agent. Indeed, he is a member of the well-tracked British aristocracy, who disappeared with a relative, many years before. Now, through extreme bad luck, that man has inherited a title, and all its responsibilities. T
Jul 13, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just after getting home from The Moor Mary and Sherlock find themselves asked to Justice Hall by Ali (Alistair Hughenfort) , and the Lord of Justice Hall? None other than Mahmoud Hazr (aka Marsh Hughenfort), Ali and his "brother" (in truth a cousin) were last seen by Mary and Sherlock in O Jerusalem.

In Justice Hall, Sherlock's suspicions of the origins of the brothers proves truer than either had suspected, for Justice Hall is a old and noble house with roots running deep, but Mahmoud's return t
Jun 16, 2014 D rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 18, 2015 Teri-k rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book feels slow to start. I think that's because it's very much the typical British country house setting, and the previous books haven't been. At 1/3 in the basic question has been set up and Mary and Sherlock are taking first steps to investigate. This probably isn't any later than in previous books. But I wasn't expecting it to feel so Jane Austenish. lol

The story is definitely less quirky and dependent on Mary than the first few were. In fact, it feels more like an Anne Perry novel tha
Laura Edwards
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Jun 28, 2014 Sher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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