Hurrah! I've finally read the latest book in King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. I put a hold on it at the library when it first came out months and months ago, and it came in a few days ago, so I quickly devoured it.
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Laurie R. King's writing, especially this series. And I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though it was less of a whodunit and more of a "stop the blackmailer" type of plot. Although a big section of the middle felt more like a travelogue than a mystery, I didn't mind because I love spending time with Russell and Holmes in these books, whether they're tramping the Japanese countryside or plotting how to retrieve a stolen thingamabob.
I didn't like Dreaming Spies as well as the previous two books, Garment of Shadows and Pirate King, but it was still great fun. Hmm. I'm in the mood to make lists today, so here are how I rank the books in this series so far, from favorite to least:
1. The Beekeeper's Apprentice (book 1)
2. The Game (book 7)
3. O Jerusalem (book 5)
4. Garment of Shadows (book 12)
5. Pirate King (book 11)
6. Locked Rooms (book 8)
7. Dreaming Spies (book 13)
8. Justice Hall (book 6)
9. The God of the Hive (book 10)
10. The Language of Bees (book 9)
11. The Moor (book 4)
12. A Monstrous Regiment of Women (book 2)
13. A Letter of Mary (book 3)
I must admit, though, that I've read many of these only once. Rereadings may change my ranking of these over time. But today, that's how I feel about them :-)
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for suspense, sexual innuendo, and the occasional mild curse word.