Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."A June summer's evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend's beloved aunt has failed to return following a supervised outing from Bedlam. After the previous few weeks--with a bloody murder, a terrible loss, and startling revelations about Holmes--Russell is feeling a bit unbalanced herself. The last thing she wants is to deal with the mad, and yet, she can't say no.The Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, yet he seemed to be improving--or at least, finding a point of balance in her madness. So why did she disappear? Did she take the family's jewels with her, or did someone else? The Bedlam nurse, perhaps? The trail leads Russell and Holmes through Bedlam's stony halls to the warm Venice lagoon, where ethereal beauty is jarred by Mussolini's Blackshirts, where the gilded Lido set may be tempting a madwoman, and where Cole Porter sits at a piano, playing with ideas......
|Title||:||Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15)|
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|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15) Reviews
A tricky enquiry!
Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia.
What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mary is asked by an old friend to find out about her aunt Vivian Beaconsfield who seems to have absconded from Bedlam along with some family jewels. The whole family seems cowered by Vivian's brother the Marquess of Selwick ...more
Summary (from LaurieRKing.com)
A June summer’s evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend’s beloved aunt has failed to return following a supervised outing from Bedlam. After the previous few weeks—with a bloody murder, a terrible loss, and startling revelations about Holmes—Russell is feeling a bit unbalanced herself. The last thing she wants is to deal with the mad, and yet, she can’t say no. ...more
I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series.
Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath.
And there is darkness here. The background is the rise of fascism in Europe: the first inklings of flirtation in England, and then the reality of Italy under Mussolini.
In England, a friend of Mary’s comes to her for help. Her aunt Vi ...more
Have wanted to read this series for awhile now and won a Giveaway. Thank you so much-this book was great! Irene Adler and Sherlock are more a marriage of minds in this series. I loved this book and it kept my interest. It supplied some historical background of early Mussolini days that I found repulsive but interesting. This was a great look into how women were without freedom or power. Thank God I live now. Irene searches for a lost aunt of a friend who had been "sent" to a mental hospital by a ...more
Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, sometimes life-threatening, situation. They have to depend on others who may not be trustworthy, and the stakes are quite high if they don't succeed - possibly another World War. Also, because it is Mary's first visi ...more
I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway.
I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind.
Mary Russell's college friend's great aunt Lady Vivian has absconded with the family jewels with her caretaker.
Mary agrees to take on the case, interviewing associates and family members of this once vibrant young woman who has spent several ...more
3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much more, some well researched history, in this case the Fascists in Italy and the rise of Mussolini. They are travelogues, here we travel to Venice where Holmes will put together a team of irregulars as usual, but here ...more
The life in the Roaring Twenties can seem like a mad, mad world, but their latest case brings Russell and Holmes face to face with the truly mad, the dangerously ignorant, and a hard look at their own eccentric life.
Island of the Mad is the fifteenth installment in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. The books are strong on suspense, but also follow closely with global and personal historical events for the main characters so they must be read in order.
In the latest, Mary and Holmes are ...more