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 26 Ratings)

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

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

The last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad, 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. 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. To track down the vanished woman, she must use her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and enlist her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, the two travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the murky canals of Venice—only to find the 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
 
“Full of lush details and clever twists.”Booklist
 
“Once again validates Laurie R. King as the preeminent Holmes writer working today.”Bookreporter
 
“A truly memorable mystery . . . Laurie King brings her always amazing imagination to the page to enthrall readers, as only she can do.”Suspense Magazine
 
“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
 
“There’s no shortage of entertainment. . . . If you are a fan of the series, you won’t be disappointed!”San Francisco Book Review

“Well-plotted . . . This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series.”Publishers Weekly

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  • Island of the Mad

    1
    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

    4
    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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