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  • Five Golden Stars

    5 Golden Stars Let me preface this review by saying I am starting with this book as my first venture into the series. It would have been helpful to have read the previous stories but I am glad I read this as I now have a reason to go back and read all the others. The reader is first teased with an intriguing look at a young woman that seems to befall on hard times in 1877. The next segment we are in 1925 and it is summer on the Riviera, Mary Russell, partner and wife of the world renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes is deeply missing their former housekeeper Mrs.Hudson, who was more like family to her. No one knows where she is, but before she left she hinted about being fond of Monte Carlo. This happens very early on in the book so no spoilers here. While sipping wine on a beach in the Riviera, Mary happens upon her beloved grandmother figure. It is clear she does not want to be recognized. Baffled by her reaction, Mary plays along. Mrs. Hudson does not return the next day and once again Mary is at a loss to what is happening. I knew the age gap between Holmes and Mary prior to reading this book but they complimented each others eccentricities so perfectly! The chemistry and mutual respect is there and I often forgot about the vast difference in years. The casinos are opulent and decadent and the scene where Mary plays at the roulette table really brought the feel for the era to me. The talent Ms. King displays in her vivid descriptions adds to the beauty and brings this time period to glorious life. Mrs. Hudson is soon embroiled in a murder and is the chief suspect. A young men had bled out by a gunshot wound in her modest home. Mary and Holmes jump in to figure out who killed this individual. Mary never falters in her belief of Mrs. Hudson's innocence or character despite past deeds. Holmes on the other hand is a hard sell. He cares for his old friend with which he had an unusual connection but he now has his doubts. Ms. King is a brilliant writer. Turning the pages you will encounter not only murder but forgery, deceit and greed that grip the reader to find out how Mrs Hudson is involved in all of this. A cast of notable characters along with a famous artist that once walked this Earth makes the story a delightful and unique adventure. i can't wait to start reading Mary Russell's previous tales and highly recommend this shining gem. Happy Reading! Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book for my reading pleasure.'

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  • Riveria gold

    Enjoyed the story and history. I will look forward to the next in the series.

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