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Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock… (Original 2015; 2015. Auflage)

von Laurie R. King (Autor)

Reihen: Mary Russell (13), Mary Russell {Chronological Order} (Spring 1924, Spring 1925)

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"It is a normal afternoon in Sussex when Russell and Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India (The Game), Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman--and quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems.."--… (mehr)
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Titel:Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Autoren:Laurie R. King (Autor)
Info:Bantam (2015), 353 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:*****
Tags:Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Historical, Traditional, Women Sleuths, Traditional British

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This story takes place in 1924 and 1925 and concerns an investigation for the Prince Regent of Japan. It begins in India where Russell and Holmes have finished the case retold in THE GAME. They are boarding a ship for a vacation in Japan before continuing on to California to deal with some of Mary's business affairs.

Almost the first thing that happens is that Holmes recognizes one of the passengers as the Earl of Darley. Holmes is convinced that Darley is a blackmailer that he had encountered some ten years earlier. They also notice a young Japanese woman who boards at the same time as Lord Darley, his wife and his son.

Mary meets the young woman who introduces herself as Haruki Sato, a student returning from studying in the US and from a family of acrobats. Mary has some suspicions about the young woman but she and Holmes still recruit her to teach them some Japanese and some Japanese customs. Meanwhile, Holmes is investigating the Darleys and some suspicious disappearances of things from the ship.

After a final exam in Japan which has Russell and Holmes travel through Japan to a meeting with Haruki, they meet the Prince Regent and learn that he gave King George a book when he was his guest in England which, unknown to him, contained an embarrassing secret. Now he is being blackmailed, apparently by Lord Darley, and needs their help to get the book back. Haruki is one of a family of ninjas who have been watching over the emperors and empresses of Japan for a couple hundred years and the final exam she prepared was to make them ready to meet Hirohito.

Holmes' extreme distaste for blackmailers would have had him involved without all the convincing. They work with the Satos to recover the book and seem successful except for the death of Lord Darley and Haruki's father. The book is recovered and the problem is solved. Mary and Sherlock take off for California thinking the case is closed.

A year later Haruki comes to Mary at Oxford, injured from an encounter with a fence, and tells her that the Darley's substituted a forged copy of the book without the secret paper. She's ready to break into the Bodleian to retrieve the correct copy which leads Holmes and Russell to get involved in the new investigation which has included blackmail, murder, treachery, and multiple copies of the desired book.

I enjoyed this story from shipboard life through Japan in the 1920s and onto Oxford. It had wonderful historical detail and an intriguing plot. Haruki is a wonderful character who manages to play Holmes and Russell like few others have been able to. ( )
  kmartin802 | May 16, 2021 |
Not much character development in this one, either Holmes or Russell, although fills out Mary Russell's Oxford space. They met in 1915 and married in 1921 and are about 65 and 25 here. A light and enjoyable read. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Laurie R. King's series about Mary Russell is one of my favorites. In the Bee Keeper's Apprentice she meets a retired Sherlock Holmes and eventually marries him though she's much younger. Like Holmes himself Russell is a wonderful character who sticks in the mind. They are written in first person and I just really like her voice.

I especially like when they become immersed on other worlds as they follow a case, like the Holy Land, India, even the English countryside. I just enjoy the people and places. This time they are on a cruise ship to the far east and later they are travelling undercover in Japan. It's a really fun world and fun adventure to get lost in. ( )
  FrancesMcNamara | Nov 18, 2020 |
Lived the descriptions of Japan and Japanese culture. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
This story takes place in 1924 and 1925 and concerns an investigation for the Prince Regent of Japan. It begins in India where Russell and Holmes have finished the case retold in THE GAME. They are boarding a ship for a vacation in Japan before continuing on to California to deal with some of Mary's business affairs.

Almost the first thing that happens is that Holmes recognizes one of the passengers as the Earl of Darley. Holmes is convinced that Darley is a blackmailer that he had encountered some ten years earlier. They also notice a young Japanese woman who boards at the same time as Lord Darley, his wife and his son.

Mary meets the young woman who introduces herself as Haruki Sato, a student returning from studying in the US and from a family of acrobats. Mary has some suspicions about the young woman but she and Holmes still recruit her to teach them some Japanese and some Japanese customs. Meanwhile, Holmes is investigating the Darleys and some suspicious disappearances of things from the ship.

After a final exam in Japan which has Russell and Holmes travel through Japan to a meeting with Haruki, they meet the Prince Regent and learn that he gave King George a book when he was his guest in England which, unknown to him, contained an embarrassing secret. Now he is being blackmailed, apparently by Lord Darley, and needs their help to get the book back. Haruki is one of a family of ninjas who have been watching over the emperors and empresses of Japan for a couple hundred years and the final exam she prepared was to make them ready to meet Hirohito.

Holmes' extreme distaste for blackmailers would have had him involved without all the convincing. They work with the Satos to recover the book and seem successful except for the death of Lord Darley and Haruki's father. The book is recovered and the problem is solved. Mary and Sherlock take off for California thinking the case is closed.

A year later Haruki comes to Mary at Oxford, injured from an encounter with a fence, and tells her that the Darley's substituted a forged copy of the book without the secret paper. She's ready to break into the Bodleian to retrieve the correct copy which leads Holmes and Russell to get involved in the new investigation which has included blackmail, murder, treachery, and multiple copies of the desired book.

I enjoyed this story from shipboard life through Japan in the 1920s and onto Oxford. It had wonderful historical detail and an intriguing plot. Haruki is a wonderful character who manages to play Holmes and Russell like few others have been able to. ( )
  kmartin802 | Sep 15, 2019 |
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Dilfey, RobertMapCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Lukens, JeanMapCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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"It is a normal afternoon in Sussex when Russell and Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India (The Game), Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman--and quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems.."--

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