The Moor

The Moor In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner Mary Russell from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of

  • Title: The Moor
  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • ISBN: 9780006510864
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long ago accused of murdering her hIn the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long ago accused of murdering her husband and of a hound with a single glowing eye Returning to the scene of one of his most celebrated cases, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes and Russell investigate a mystery darker and unforgiving than the moors themselves.

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  • Laurie R. King

    Edgar winning mystery writer Laurie R King writes series and standalone novels Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on please join us for book discussing fun King s most recent novel, Dreaming Spies, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from Japan to Oxford, in a case with international players and personal meaning The Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series follows a brilliant young woman who becomes the student, then partner, of the great detective click here for an excerpt of the first in the series, The Beekeeper s Apprentice The Stuyvesant and Grey series Touchstone The Bones of Paris takes place in Europe between the Wars The Kate Martinelli series follows an SFPD detective s cases on a female Rembrandt, a holy fool, and Click for an excerpt of A Grave Talent King lives in northern California, which serves as backdrop for some of her books Please note that Laurie checks her inbox intermittently, so it may take some time to receive a reply A quicker response may be possible via a post on Laurie s Facebook page or by way of email sent to info laurierking.

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  • I read reviews warning the reader to skip over this one in the series, but that advice goes against my nature as a reader.I wish I had been able to listen.Meanwhile, the book is summed up as follows. (Here be spoilers)Holmes--"Russell, come to rainy, foggy Devonshire."Mary---"No." (Changes mind)Mary tramps through mud, gets wet, dirty, hungry cold. Takes bath.The Reverend Baring-Gould, "I won't be around much, but I am old, my house is queer, and I don't think much of you, only Holmes."Mary, "Li [...]


  • I was leary of reading this 4th installment of the Mary Russell (Holmes) series. Leary because I love the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories featuring Sherlock Holmes (most especially The Hound of the Baskervilles). It's always a crap shoot when a new author decides to play off well known characters and create a new set of stories (I can't fully describe how most of the Jane Austen knock-offs horrify and disgust me).But I should have given Laurie King more credit, because The Moor not only held it's [...]


  • Dear Miss Russell/ Mrs. Holmes,Having perused the earlier installments of your chronicles with a good degree of enjoyment, I regret to say that I am somewhat disappointed in this one. The mystery’s premise is valid, if rather simple, but the execution is sorely lacking. I find it to be utterly uninvolving and rather incoherent. Where’s the suspense? And all this traipsing across the moors, abundantly padded with repetitive descriptions of mundane activities such as meals and hot baths, is ex [...]


  • I have to say I really enjoyed The Moor. I loved everything about it. I picked it up at a book sale, on a whim, and glad I did. Sherlock Holmesrried?? That was the first thing that grabbed my attention. The second was the fact the book was written from a female point of view. A female sleuth who rivals the great Holmes himself !Holmes and Russell return to Dartmoor to help an old friend of Holmes, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould, with the mysterious sighting of what appears to be the return of [...]


  • Reading this, the fourth episode in King's Mary Russell series, was made more enjoyable by immediately preceding it with a re-read of The Hound of the Baskervilles. The plot and characters of arguably the greatest of Sherlock Holmes stories was thus firmly in my head, ready to inform my reading of King's offering. A very good offering it is. King does a superb job of evoking the most important "character" in the novel - and in The Hound of the Baskervilles for that matter - that is, Dartmoor its [...]


  • I'm finding that as I get further into this series, I'm not enjoying the books as much. I think it's because there's less material about the relationship between the two main characters, Sherlock Holmes and his now-wife Mary Russell, and their personalities. I really enjoyed the first two books that followed their courtship while they were engaged in solving mysteries.The mystery in this book is not meaty enough to carry the novel on its own. I think more time was spent describing Dartmoor than [...]


  • If you haven't read Laurie R King before, don't start with this novel. It is not as well paced, not as interesting, nor as well plotted as her others in the BRILLIANT Mary Russel/Holmes series. Let me be frank I ADORE her books. Adore this series: am reading them and gushing over how breathtaking her grasp of theological and philosophical concepts, calling friends to tell them they MUST read these books, explaining to people how Ms. King's series has renewed my faith in the genre of Mystery as N [...]


  • This was by far the worst book of the Marry Russel series. King started off with such a great idea, discovering the reasons behind several legitimate sightings of a spectral coach carrying a cursed woman and her devilish dog on a dark moor. However the execution was tedious. King simply has a difficult time staying on topic with this book. She wrote so much on the geography of the land that the actual mystery itself seemed only to be a side plot in her summation of the landscape. There was very [...]


  • I would have loved to have reread The Hound of the Baskervilles before this, but I was in a hurry to get to the ARC of Pirate King that was waiting. Next time – because these are definitely books I will reread now and then as time goes by. It's great fun to watch the investigation into new reports of spectral happenings on the Moor, punctuated by Holmes's disgust with the common man's susceptibility and Russell's very private never-spoken niggling question as to whether in such a weird (in the [...]


  • (See my review for book 3, A Letter of Marye thoughts below pick up where it leaves off)Along the same lines, one thing that surprises me in this book is that Russell complains that the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould's treatment of theology is haphazard--yet doesn't seem to realize that he's not merely evaluating theology, he's doing it. (Which means that as a scholar herself she needs to be evaluating what he's doing on its own terms.) Again--deliberate on King's part, or a flaw in her ability to por [...]


  • I ran out of books on my vacation and someone lent me this to read. I was definitely into the book. I thought the play on the well known Holmes and his relationship with his wife was intriguing. Mary Russell is a strong female character but at times seemed to fall into the submissive role. This made her more believable to me as a human. The disappointment in this book was the ending. It seemed as if there was a huge climatic build up but that was not to be. Instead there was a confusing and jumb [...]


  • Mary Russell is summoned by Sherlock Holmes to Dartmoor to help investigate a mysterious death that is said to be heralded by a phantom coach carrying long-dead noblewoman over the moors. Around the dead body was it oversized paw prints…This book is especially interesting since it brings Sherlock Holmes back to Dartmoor, the place where The Hound of the Baskervilles cases took place. It’s quite a dark and chilly tale, and the dark and deadly moor adds a special atmosphere to the tale. Like t [...]


  • Greatly entertaining as King has Holmes (and Russell) revist Dartmoor, the site of the earlier Conan Doyle story, "The Hound of the Baskervilles"


  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series Book #4Autum 1923Dartmoor, the sight of Sherlock Holmes famous case The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another hound has been sighted along with a "ghostly coach" and a dead body. Holmes and Mary have been called in to quietly investigate. I was excited to read this one; broody, dark moor, and ghostly sightings. Perfect gothic atmosphere. Except that it soon became not so enthralling to me, just depressing. It rained, they were wet and cold constantly, even as [...]


  • Mary Russell joins her husband Sherlock Holmes to investigate more strange sightings on the Dartmoor moors.Number Four in the series.Firstly, there is not much of a mystery. I'd worked it out long before the dynamic duo did. There is little in the way of atmosphere or suspense. In fact, the author seems to go out of her way to make this as unlike 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' as she can. Indeed, if readers are expecting a sequel, they will be disappointed.Secondly, Mary Russell. Her sneering a [...]


  • I loved Hound of the B. when I was young; it was my favorite Holmes book, so I'd been looking forward to this volume since I started the series. In the end I enjoyed this one so much that I tried limiting how much I read each day to make it last longer, but failed miserably, finishing it off in three days.The Moor won't appeal to those who need a tight plot, lots of action and all the usual mystery suspects. But honestly, if that's what you're looking for how did you get this far in the series? [...]


  • Perhaps a little weaker in imagination and general themes than the previous three books, but it held a certain charm for me - including those interminable ramblings across the moor. I could have wished for a little more Holmes, once again, because I do like the moments of him and Russell working together, as partners, very much indeed (and I cherish the rare moments in which we are assured that as much as he can sometimes try her patience, their bond is as strong as ever and the affection still [...]


  • Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Read it in about five hours at a straight run with only a short pause for lunch. Mary remains a self-assured and interesting heroine/narrator, her relationship with husband Sherlock continues to amuse and entertain, and the historical figure of Sabine Baring-Gould was a great supporting character, fully fleshed out and three dimensional. King also does a great job making allusions to Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles without relying too heavily on the story [...]



  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes return to the scene of The Hound of the Baskervilles. There’s a mystery, and it is, of course, solved, but the main fascination for this reader was the atmospheric Dartmoor setting combined with a portrayal of the real life character, Sabine Baring-Gould (reverend, folklore collector, antiquary, writer) and the evolution of Mary’s relationship with him and the moor.


  • This book is interesting but a bit boring. The plot has little tension and Russell spends a lot of time being miserable.


  • 3.5I didn't mean to take so long reading this. Honest, I didn't. I just couldn't get into the story no matter how hard I tried, not until over halfway through. With any other novel, I would have put it down and started a new one, however I love Mary Russell and Ms King's characterization of Holmes, so I stuck with it instead.Happily, I wasn't disappointed.The Hound of the Baskervilles is my absolute favorite Sherlock Holmes story. I loved the retelling of it from BBC's Sherlock, and I love ACD's [...]


  • Full disclosure (which will be pretty obvious): Laurie King is my favorite author. Well, at least the one who is still alive and breathing, with a few others who give her a run for her money.And this is my favorite of her books, partly for idiosyncratic reasons. But if you, like me, fell madly in love with Sherlock Holmes in your childhood and were a little startled at the idea of him finding an apprentice and then wife, this may be the book for you.I began with the idea "nah, she can't possibly [...]


  • Really enjoyed this one. You could cut the gothic atmosphere with a knife. The author really excelled in bringing me to Dartmoor with her descriptions.Again, it was nice to see the dynamics of Holmes and Russell and though they work well together, every now again one does something that gets on the other's nerves. As it should be. I found the mystery very interesting and did not guess the resolution. The climax of the story was pretty exciting and I wondered a few times if one of our investigati [...]


  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are investigating the case of strange sightings on the moor in southern England. There is a link to the Conan Doyle story "Hound of the Baskervilles". Although I have never read that tale, I don't think it took anything away from this book but it does make me want to go back and read that as well.I did not enjoy this book as much as the earlier ones in the series. It could be because I listened to it as opposed to reading it. I was not crazy about the narrator. A [...]


  • Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes return to the Moor that was the scene of Holmes more sensational published cases some years before, the Hound of the Baskervilles. There has been a death, a spectral coach, and it appears a supernatural hound may once again have been spotted wandering the Moor. An old friend has asked Holmes for help. As usual Laurie R. King does a wonderful job with the characters of Russell and Holmes and is especially strong in evoking a sense of place in her depic [...]


  • This book is OK but doesn't stand out as excellent in this series. It felt a little halfhearted. Well before the end, one knows who is responsible for the nefarious deeds; the only remaining question is exactly why. A lot of info about the mysterious moor region is included, but there's not much emotional engagement anywhere. And I'm finding Sherlock's high-handedness with Mary more than slightly annoying.We shall see whether O Jerusalem, which I'm reading now, shows more life . . .


  • This is my favorite of this series to date. If I leave aside the insistent references to the physical relations between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, it is a very good story. The language used to evoke the Moors is so vivid, I could feel the darkness and the fog surrounding me. And, as always, the story leaves you guessing until the very end. Excellent read. Highly recommended. I can't wait to read the next one!


  • Ah, King's additions to the Holmes mythos rest much better on the firm soil of Doyle's previous works--even if the bogs of Dathmoore.Excellent interweaving of historical persons and places with Doyle's writing plus the excellent persona King is developing for Miss Mary Russell. A very good read.


  • I was enjoying this book, and its description of the Moor. I really love thinking about visiting England and seeing some of the beautiful spaces it has to offer. And the ending (while I knew it was coming) was all the sudden WEEE! BANG! DONE! Which isn't a bad thing in a mystery. I plan on reading all of these, I am just too caught up in the characters to abandon them.


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