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Justice Hall (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #6)

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Five years after working with Ali and Mahmoud Hazr in Palestine, Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell, are shocked when they meet the brothers again in England, where they learn that their friends are really British aristocrats, Alistair and Marsh Hughenfort. The brothers need help finding the heir to their family estate, the stunningly beautiful Justice Hall, a sear ...more
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Kim
Aug 19, 2011 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 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 aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 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
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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K.A. Wiggins
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Painful, brutal, beautiful integration of WWI aftermath with the twists and turns of a Holmes mystery. Paired with O Jerusalem, makes an enjoyable and challenging duology in the midst of the ongoing series.
Kiersten
Jul 16, 2012 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
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Other Books in the Series

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 15 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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