Having only just discovered Laurie King and her wonderful stories of Mary Russell last year, I tore through the rest of the series and with bated breath awaited this latest. I have loved every one of the books, but The Murder of Mary Russell is by far one of my favorites. We've learned so much about Mary's past, and have the opportunity to see Mr. Holmes in a new light through his relationship with Miss Russell. Watson has become more familiar and "real" to me throughout the series. However, one major character has just hovered in the wings, right in the edge of the shadows: Mrs. Hudson.
Without giving anything away, this is the story of how Mrs. Hudson came to be in the lives of Holmes and Russell and all the details interwoven between the past, present and then beyond. Its a story that is hard to put down and walk away from. Questions are presented and some are even answered and the reader steps away from the action to a new understanding of all the inner-workings of a life played out. Light is shed on dark places, the curtains are pulled back. You'll hate to set it down when its all over.
I received a free copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.