Island of the Mad - Laurie R. King

Island of the Mad

By Laurie R. King

  • Release Date: 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Historical
Island of the Mad book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 18 Ratings)

Island of the Mad Laurie R. King Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling series—“the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today” (Lee Child).

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam.

Russell wants nothing to do with the case—but she can’t say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and of course enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice—only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

Praise for Island of the Mad

“Superb . . . shocking . . . Come for the mystery, stay for the sightseeing, the gibes at fascism, and the heroine’s climactic masquerade as silent film star Harold Lloyd.”Kirkus Reviews
“[Laurie R.] King’s storytelling is always a pleasure, full of lush details and clever twists. Cole Porter, who is an integral part of the book’s LGBTQ story line, adds an unexpected and welcome star turn.”Booklist
“Well-plotted . . . This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series.”Publishers Weekly

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User reviews about this book

  • Island of the Mad

    By Pendergast-ite
    Disappointing - have read every book in this series but this one had a weak plot. As a Sherlockian it lacked facts necessary to support actions that Holmes would approve and act upon. Felt the authors own preferences strayed from the mysteries ejooyed by readers of SH
  • Island of the Mad

    By Sherritoo
    Great read. A little tedious in description after description of Venice. I would have liked to see a little more suspense and daring with Holmes and Russell together. And maybe a tad more affection between the married couple. Even a genius shows some affection - but, please, not romance novel style. The story still reads well and kept my interest throughout. It’s nice to have Russell/Holmes back and I hope Laurie King will keep them alive for more adventures.

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