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Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #13)

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For years now, readers of the Russell Memoirs have wondered about the tantalizing mentions of Japan. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes had spent three weeks there, between India (The Game) and San Francisco (Locked Rooms). The time has finally come to tell that story.
It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find a familiar decorative stone installed i
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Bantam
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CJ You can read it on its own, but it will reference other stories, and you won't get the richer background of seeing how the two protagonists have…moreYou can read it on its own, but it will reference other stories, and you won't get the richer background of seeing how the two protagonists have arrived at their unusual, but satisfying place in their relationship. I highly recommend "Beekeeper's Apprentice" and the two books that come right afterwards so you can see Mary Russell as a teen stuck in a less than ideal family situation when she very first meets Holmes. It's an excellent series all the way through and the very first ones are worth your time!! The order for the first few is "Beekeeper's Apprentice", "A Monstrous Regiment of Women", "A Letter of Mary, and "The Moor". Enjoy!!!(less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
The story in Dreaming Spies begins with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell arriving home after all the adventures in Morocco (Pirate King and Garments of Shadows) and finding a rock in their garden. This rock is just the beginning, or in a way the continuation of an old case that started around a year ago in Japan after Holmes and Russells adventure in India in The Game

We start off the story in Sussex and Oxford with the arrival of a rock and an old “friend” of Holmes and Russell. After that, we
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, mystery, vbc
Four words for you: Mary Russell meets ninjas. Enough said!

But seriously, for all those LRK/Russell fans who've maybe been a little disappointed by the last few books, Dreaming Spies is like a throwback to our favorites in the series.
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
A real return to form for me from the two previous in the series, The Pirate King (for me, the weakest in the series), and Garment of Shadows (OK).

My ARC courtesy of Bantam/Net Galley - much thanks!

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Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King has created an enduring series based on the legendary Sherlock Holmes of Arthur Conan Doyle. Mary Russell, who begins as Holmes’ assistant and later becomes his wife, shares each adventure and in most cases is the narrator. She is a brilliant Oxford University graduate whose knowledge of that city and of ancient studies has a special role in many of their adventures.

Dreaming Spies is one of the later books in the series. Yet, unlike most of those works that proceed in a linear time-frame, D
Years ago I came upon a mystery series by Laurie R. King featuring Sherlock Holmes and a young girl who was his neighbor in Sussex, where Holmes was keeping bees. This first book entitled The Beekeeper's Apprentice was one of those books that it seems I'd been waiting my whole life to read. I fell head over heels in love with King's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell. Following them through their adventures, including being married, has been one of my greatest reading pleasures. Each book in the s ...more
Moonlight Reader
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ms. King seems to have recovered the mojo that she misplaced during the writing of The Pirate King. This isn't my favorite of the series - Justice Hall and Locked Rooms remain the top of the heap for me - however, this was an entertaining outing. I really enjoyed Part I, the shipboard section, and Part III, the Oxford section. The part set in Japan wasn't quite as enjoyable to me, although Russell and Holmes fighting the ninja was fairly awesome.

Thumbs up.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before Dreaming Spies I had only read the first book of the Russell/Holmes stories, and while I normally don’t read series books out of sequence I was thoroughly captivated by this well developed and deeply involving travelogue adventure set mainly on a cruising steamer ship and in Japan. Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his much younger wife Mary Russell--a serious but intrepid bluestocking--are a surprising but well matched couple. Since both are reflexively inquisitive, highly intelli ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So often, when an author steps in to continue a longtime series, readers despair over how false the voice of the new author sounds. That has never been a problem with Laurie R. King, who writes pitch-perfect, her continuation of the Sherlock Holmes series being simply indistinguishable from the tone and style of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Dreaming Spires is just as wonderful as the rest of the oeuvre.

In her latest novel, King deploys Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes to Japan in order to r
This was the first book in the Mary Russell series for me. I had heard positive things about it and so I decided to give it a try. Starting a series with one of the later volumes often isn't easy and I have to admit I was a bit confused after the first few pages. But that soon passed and I starting enjoying this novel immensely.
The first thing I have to mention is the language. I really loved it and was so glad to finally read a crime novel written in beautiful words. I clearly wasn't expecting
Stephanie Osborne
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reading, lrk
It pains me to write this because I've been anxiously awaiting Dreaming Spies for two years, but this was not my favorite Laurie R King book. While, as always, her descriptions can carry me to another time and place in magnificent ways, I found the plot to be particularly slow and straight forward. What I love about the Mary Russell books is the sense of adventure and holding my breath as I tear through the pages because I can't figure out what's happening next or how it will resolve. The first ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
When feeling overwhelmed by the circumstances of my life, I turn to reading mysteries. Perhaps I feel that the predictable structure of the mystery will translate into more order and resolution to my own life. Years ago I thoroughly fell in love with King's gem of a book The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
Over the years I have several others and relished the adventures of Holmes and his new partner in crime the feisty, independent Mary Russell. I particularly enjoyed this adventure for its setting inJa
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery
Dreaming Spies is the 13th Mary Russell book by Laurie R. King. It’s a frame narrative, where the beginning and end of the novel act as a bookends to a flashback story.

Mary Russell returns home one evening to find Sato, an old friend from Japan, bleeding in her kitchen. As Sato describes the circumstances that brought her to England, Mary discovers that the blackmail case she worked on with Holmes in Japan may not be entirely closed. Now, they must work to unravel what happened in Japan before
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King in the thirteenth installment in the Mary Russell series, featuring Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell as they solve mysteries in Holmes' latter years. I have been a big fan of this series from way back and the earlier novels, Beekeeper's Apprentice and others, are some of the best in Sherlock Holmes novels I have ever read outside of the Conan Doyle canon. More so, perhaps, because in these novels, Holmes is a supporting player and it is Russell who is t ...more
I went into the reading of this novel expecting something similar to the Sherlock Holmes that we have all grown to love, though I understood that he would now have a partner whom I expected would serve as a sort of female Watson. This is not that story.

My expectations were inappropriate mostly due to the fact that I have not read the first 12 books in this series. While I like to attend to novels in their proper order, a dozen prequels was too much, even for me. As a stand alone story, I was abl
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Laurie R. King. I had heard of her and knew she was a best selling author, so I was rather excited when I discovered I had been approved to review this title. I started reading it today. That's where my excitement ended. I seriously felt I was on that ship with Mary and Holmes for twenty something days. And the trek through Japan, I was ready to commit hari kari. I guess I enjoy more of a fast paced read and this one did not cut it for me.

I liked the writing style and
Book Review & Giveaway: I am a long-time fan of bestselling author Laurie R. King and have read every novel she’s written. When I learn she has a new novel of any kind coming out, I get really excited. Her fun historical Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series, however, is quite special for a number of reasons. I jumped up and down when I saw that Dreaming Spies was being published because not only is it part of that series but it features a culture that has long fascinated me. Since I know ...more
M Christopher
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another delightful Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell novel by Laurie King, this one has a bifurcated timeline, allowing the wily Ms. King to drop some delicious hints about adventures not yet written. Smart marketing. Well played, madam...

As to "Dreaming Spies" itself, the book finds Holmes and Russell on a slow boat from India to Japan, becoming entangled in a web including a missing person, a poltergeist, a blackmailer, and a "person of the highest rank." There might even be ninjas involved...

Amy Lilly
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did Laurie R. King successfully make her Russell and Holmes series more exciting? Ninjas, of course! This latest entry in the series pits the duo against a deadly blackmailer whose scheme could bring down the Japanese empire.

While Russell and Holmes are on a ship returning from India, Russell meets a young Japanese woman who claims to come from a family of acrobats, but Mary has her doubts. She and Holmes soon learn that this young woman is a female ninja and she needs their help to protect
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this new Russell & Holmes adventure, it was closer to the style of the earlier books than last few have been, and for me that is a good thing.

Mysterious shipboard passengers, blackmail, cross-country travels and cultural experiences in Japan, royal secrets, English country house, Oxford, - it's all there. Including a lot of Haiku and possibly even a ninja.

I would have enjoyed even more with a few solo scenes with Holmes, as there were plenty with Mary, but that is maybe nit
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Mary Russell series and enjoy reading about cruising and Japan in the 1920s – at a very leisurely pace – then this is the book for you.
This was my first book by Laurie R. King and sad to say, it will be my last. I was excited by the premise and pictured myself immersed in a thought provoking Sherlock Holmes suspenseful mystery – not to be. Reading more like a travelogue and FULL of detail that lent so very little to the wafer thin plot as it stood, I could not wait for t
Sheila Beaumont
I loved this 13th installment in the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series. With a riveting, suspenseful plot, well-portrayed, lively characters, plenty of action, fine writing, vivid portrayals of Japan and Oxford, humor, and ninjas, how could I not? This is one of the best books in a totally delightful series. This novel can be enjoyed on its own, but if you're a Russell-Holmes neophyte I'd recommend starting out with the first one, The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Homes books that I've read and I found it to be very pleasant and entertaining. The author manages to be very descriptive without overdoing it and has created a very intricate plot. I enjoyed both the mystery, with all its twists and turns, and the look at historical elements of Japanese culture.

I'll have to go back and read numbers 1 through 12 now!

Note: Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book.
Russell and Holmes' latest adventure covers the interim time frame between two other cases from their past and has continuation into their present. This was an intriguing story that has the duo aboard a cruise ship leaving India and journeying to parts east into the Orient where they leave the ship to explore Japan and track down a possible blackmailer. As is par for the course, some things are just as they seem while others are quite the surprising twist. The author did a fabulous job of unsett ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining mystery with a Japanese twist this time.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Laurie King’s mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her partner and husband Sherlock Holmes has long been one of my favorites, so I always look forward to a new one with great anticipation. Dreaming Spies was nearly everything I hoped for. While not quite as strong as The Language of Bees and God of the Hive, it still has what I look for in a Russell/Holmes novel: an intellectually challenging puzzle, well-limned characters, and above all
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Travelogue the Detective Story

Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russel, board a cruise ship to take them from India, where they had their last case, to Japan. Watching the passengers board, Holmes recognizes the Earl of Darby, who he believes is a blackmailer. Later this presumption is borne out when a young woman goes missing after the ship has sailed. Holmes believes that Darby was blackmailing her, and she decided to take her own life when she saw him on the ship.

Once in Japan, we have
Lisa B.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes on an adventure that takes them from Japan to the England. Someone wants them to help the Emperor of Japan, and to do so, they must first learn about Japan’s history and culture.

This is book #13 in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, but is my first introduction to this pair. I had no problem enjoying the story even though I’m a latecomer to the series. The little snippets regarding Mary’s past and her relationship to Sherlock has only peaked my i
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I'm rather hoping that with this, my absolute & total reading slump is over, at least in the sense of not dreading the idea of reading a book again. Even though I probably won't go back to binge-reading any time soon yet.)

Being the latest release in the Russell & Holmes books, which I fell in love with over the last couple of years, this may well have been my most anticipated book of 2015. Although I admit I was also a little worried, since the two previous instalments had, for me, lost
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I thought I'd given up on this series early last year because I didn't like the last instalment I read, Pirate King, which I reviewed here. But I wanted something easy to read, so I picked up the audiobook on an impulse and was pleasantly suprised. It's partly set in Oxford, which is a plus, and some of the action takes place in 1920s Japan, also a plus. In terms of minuses, there was the odd info dump and it took a while for things to happen, but I was still happily occupied for a few hours whi
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