Book review: Garment of Shadows by Laurie King

Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mary Russell mystery series is one of my favorite series. (I know–I say that a lot.) At the beginning of this one, which starts almost immediately after the previous book, “The Pirate King,” Mary Russell is suffering from amnesia and has no idea who she is or what she’s doing in Morocco. Sherlock Holmes is anxiously searching for her, as she has missed their rendezvous. Various events occur–some believable, some less so–but in the end, a mystery is solved, a political crisis is averted, memory is restored, and a couple is reunited.
Mary Russell is one of my favorite characters (yes, I say that a lot, too). She is frighteningly competent but vulnerable at the same time. This story is mostly her story with Sherlock Holmes playing a supporting role. The book is filled with rich detail about Morocco of the early 1900s, and the complexity of the political situation is explained coherently (or as coherently as is possible). The secondary characters are filled in nicely (with some favorite repeat characters appearing), and the story is compelling.
All in all, this book is a fine addition to the series.

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