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

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  10,976 Ratings  ·  634 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, 591 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Thorndike Press (first published 2002)
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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
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
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,
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful period mystery series, and even moreso if you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes.

Laurie King writes historical fiction wonderfully, never an anachronistic word in the lot, which is becoming increasingly rare, in my experience. Sherlock Holmes and his wife are so real to me in these books, it is as though I know them.

Most of the novel is spent in a beautiful country estate (Justice Hall) as the family searches for the rightful heir to carry on with. In this volume, an English offi
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
Jeanne Adamek
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A house (Justice Hall) that was very much a character in its own right. Laurie R. King paints it so well that I could picture each and every room and Justice Hall's gardens. Described right after WW1 one can see the bustling servants and snippets of a posh life that one was.

Also a personal look in a tragedy that happened during the war, a occurrence that was not unusual but very much felt in the telling of this story.

Meeting up with Mahmoud and Ali again along with a number of interesting and i
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.
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
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.
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
Aaron Hunter
Mar 08, 2013 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
Jan 22, 2012 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
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
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth in the series and brings back the characters from O Jerusalem in a completely new setting of post WWI England, which was very cleverly done. It introduces some interesting new female characters, especially Iris. The novel draws upon the WWI shame of executing soldiers, as well as the post war era where the role of women was very different. The story of one young honourable soldier was very moving as told through the eyes of the chaplain. The loss of this young man was a clear r ...more
Randi Hetrick
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my fourth Mary Russell book and once again it was so satisfying, this is exactly what a good read should be on a cloudy day and rainy night, her turn of phrase, attention to detail of the place and period, plot twists and willingness to address a profound historical injustice within these pages of fiction as well as totally engaging characters both charming, oh so clever and oh so despicable and Mary Russell, how I wish she lived next door should I happen to move to rural England ...more
Laurie Way
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in the Holmes and Russell series thus far! It has a great storyline, intriguing mystery and satisfying conclusion!
Morningstar Stevenson
Like all the books in the series, it's full of suspense and interesting twists. Although it's not set in some exotic locale, it does refer to an earlier adventure in the Middle East, and for us Americans, the family estates of British royalty are foreign enough for escape.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was exciting, and very satisfying, especially character wise, and very heartbreaking, especially from a parenting point of view. Can every third or so book involve the Hazr brothers please? I read this in basically three days. Tonight I'll go to sleep at an acceptable human time.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series Book #6

Mary and Holmes are recovering quietly at home in Sussex from their adventure in Dartmoor, when they are startled by the turning up of a face they had not seen since they left Jerusalem in 1918. It is revealed that the men they knew as Muhammad and Alli Hazard, two Arab brothers, were in fact two very British Peers of the realm. Muhammod is in fact a newely inherited Duke. Mary and Holmes are dragged by Alli to Muhammad's very beautifu
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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,
May 04, 2013 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
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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.

Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly my favorite of the Mary Russell series yet (though it may be early to call that given that I haven't yet read the rest of them). This was so much fun to read, and I practically inhaled it.

3/11/18: Just finished reading this for the second time, this time in the audiobook format, narrated by Jenny Sterlin. When I first read this installment of the series, it captured my imagination and became a complete and utter page turner. Reading it in this format, however, it did so on an even
Feb 21, 2010 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
I was a little dubious about these mysteries, which feature Sherlock Holmes and a younger female protegee named Mary Russel, but I actually ended up enjoying this quite a lot. King ends up truly writing a mystery in the Sherlockian vein, albeit longer than most of Doyle's; there are the same sort of improbable machinations, with people running about in disguise and impersonating nobility and all of that good stuff. King also, wisely perhaps, keeps Russel firmly in the foreground of the mystery, ...more
Sep 04, 2014 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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels by Laurie King. I enjoyed this one much more than O Jerusalem, which I had a hard time finishing. In this book Ali and Mohamed return from Palestine (the scene of O Jerusalem), but under dramatically different circumstances. Mary and Sherlock are shocked to discover that Mohamed (now referred to as "Marsh") is a wealthy and reluctant duke, overseer of Justice Hall in England. Marsh return to England upon the death of the rightful ...more
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