Justice Hall

Justice Hall

A Mary Russell Novel

Book - 2002
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Dazzling readers and critics alike, Laurie R. King's bestselling mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her partner-in-crime Sherlock Holmes has been described by The New York Times as a "lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company." Author of The Moor, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and O Jerusalem, King--the first writer since Patricia Cornwell to win the most prized mystery awards in both the United States and England for a debut novel (A Grave Talent)--brings back Russell and her famous mentor to solve a case that may prove their undoing. Justice Hall Just hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of The Moor, a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleads for their help, and then collapses. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother's death.Not until Holmes and Russell arrive in the village of Arley Holt can they fully understand Marsh's dilemma. For Justice Hall is a home of dizzying beauty and unearthly perfection, set in a garden modeled on Paradise. Russell longs for what it represents: permanence, history, the kind of roots that reach back for centuries. But Holmes senses the burdens echoed in the family motto, Justitia fortitudo mea est. And as Marsh seeks to live by the words, "Righteousness is my strength," he is determined to learn the truth about the untimely death of Justice Hall's expected heir...a puzzle he is convinced only Holmes and Russell can solve. It's a mystery that begins during the Great War of 1918, when young Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke's only son, died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel's war record, Russell joins an ill-fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes's cleverest disguises and Russell's most daring journeys into the unknown...from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can they catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims? A brilliant blend of traditional Holmesian myth, startling originality, complex plotting, and unforgettable characters set against a fully realized early-twentieth-century world, Justice Hall will delight readers with a mystery as intelligent as it is engagingly devious.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780553111132
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY King
Characteristics: 331 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 08, 2017

(NOTE: contains cryptically worded potential but not outright spoilers)
The premise is very far-fetched, and I was ready to dislike it when I saw that it was yet another set-in-a-mansion inheritance story, but the story lured me in. I ended up growing very attached to the restless man at the centre of the story. I love the way Laurie King wrote this character -- the complex personas (shall we say) of the two characters from book 5 somehow became not only credible but unforgettable in King's very capable hands. Still, without giving away the story, there is someone on whose shoulders a lot has just fallen -- he will be needing their example and moral support, but it sounds as though they won't be there to give it. Who will give it? The idea that he could manage all this tradition and responsibility and not be vulnerable to other family influences makes for a fairy tale. Oh, and either King forgot or an editor "corrected" this and it stayed that way -- an important little technically correct word in the last sentence should have been changed.

Jun 20, 2016

Another captivating mystery involving returning characters from O Jerusalem!, ducal heirs, surprising marriages, and heartbreaking World War I diaries. While I'm not one of those readers who try to solve the mystery, I am always anxious for the solution of the last pages and the freedom to move onto the next story.

Nov 20, 2014

Wonderful, as usual. Just a tad bit... disappointing. Our favourite Arabic duo aren't who they appeared to be and, in consequence, their character dulls dramatically. They became almost unlikable to me. Well, it's against the rules to skip a book in a series, so you'll still have to read it, I'm afraid.


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