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Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
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I loved it! This twelfth installment in the delightful Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series is a very exciting, suspenseful mystery and thriller. After last year's Pirate King, a lighthearted detour into Gilbert & Sullivan and silent-film making, with Holmes notable mostly for his relative absence, Garment of Shadows, set in 1924 Morocco, gives us plenty of action and adventure, and no one can complain that there's not enough of Holmes.

The story starts out with Russell awakening, with a throbbing headache and hurting all over, in an unfamiliar room, wearing male garb and with dried blood on her hands. She doesn't know where she is or even who she is, or what she might have done, though she does figure out pretty quickly that she must be in a North African town. In eluding some French soldiers she suspects might be after her, she finds she has some useful skills, such as acrobatics, pickpocketing, and lock picking, and wonders where she learned them.

Then we're off into a very entertaining, beautifully written, fast-paced tale of spies, extremely complicated political intrigue, courage, and betrayal. As usual, there are lots of fascinating characters, excellent dialogue, a vivid setting, an intricate plot, and humor in the interactions between Russell and Holmes.

This novel stands on its own, but it's much better to start with the first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and read the series from the beginning.

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