Dreaming Spies

Dreaming Spies

Book - 2015
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"It is a normal afternoon in Sussex when Russell and Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India..., Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman--and quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems."--
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345531797
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KING 2015
Characteristics: 331 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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May 18, 2019

Another solid book in this series!

Nov 03, 2018

This story is refreshingly similar in tone to the first one or two Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes books. The playful intellectual bantering that drew me to the relationship at the outset still isn't quite there like it was (the author doesn't seem interested in investing much in this aspect of the stories), but their bond here seems somewhat more convincing to me than it has for a while. The sequences (England-Japan-England) are beautifully handled, and the threads are masterfully woven together at the end. I enjoyed meeting Haruki, and I hope Mary and Sherlock will team up with her again.

Jun 09, 2018

Outstanding addition to the series.

Jan 16, 2018

Have read most of the series. Loved this one. Russell and Holmes in Japan and ninjas!

Sep 12, 2016

I am so thankful that instead of spending a third of the book going back over previous installments, King used footnotes so that new to the series people know what books to go back to, and she didn't bore me to tears with rehash. This is non-stop action and investigation and intrigue. This segment of the saga is set in a "now" then switches to the formerly skipped over visit to Japan, then comes back to the now. The transition is fluid and nearly seamless. As always Russell and Holmes get roped into an case that is more trouble, pain, and annoyance than adventure. King has a wonderful take on Japan during the period between the wars, and a deep respect for the culture (as she has with all previous cultures she has presented). I'm a faithful Laurie R. King fan.

Jan 02, 2016

This is not the book to reading start the Mary Russell series. It's definitely a series that you need some background to understand Mary Russell's marriage to Sherlock Holmes. As she says in this book she married the older Holmes for adventure. It's a marriage that abounds in this. In mostly flash backs she tells the story of time spent in Japan, her friendship with a real ninja and how she helps retrieve a valuable book for the emperor of Japan, Hirohito. Although I knew from almost the beginning who the real blackmailer was, there are plenty of red herring. And unlike some books when I' expectations solved the meaning early, there's enough action a travel dialogue about Japan to keep me up till 1am to reach the satisfying end. One of the things I like about the Mary Russell series is her relationship to Holmes. I've always considered Holmes pompous and conceited. Mary manages to remain his intellectual, independent partner.

Sep 21, 2015

As Holmes puts it, there are no coincidences. This book has way too many of them, though, as he and Mary go home from India via Japan. On board ship, they meet a blackmailer from Holmes ' past, and a cultured Japanese woman who's all but stalking them--to what purpose? They follow her lead, and danger and adventure, as usual, follow. This series has not lost its edge. Haruki San may be, in one sense, the villain of the piece, but she's an honest, likable woman who uses her brilliant mind to protect her emperor and her country. Unlike the real villains, who Russell and Holmes do their best to foil. But this is mostly Russell's story.

Aug 22, 2015

I have enjoyed the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series very much, though some books are more enjoyable than others. This is one of my favorites. I enjoyed learning about Japan and Japanese culture along with Mary, and the plot was clever and kept me guessing. The book is also designed beautifully, with Japanese and Arts and Crafts references,

May 14, 2015

I liked this book. It's the first Laurie King I have read.The title and the setting drew me into the web of intrigue and mystery where everything is not as it seems. Well researched, informative and amusingly written from another angle of the Sherlock Holmes genre.It would make a very good film. The cover is a delight. Very restrained and Japanese.

May 07, 2015

She is back to more of a good old-fashioned whodunit rather than some religious research based story obviously dear to the author's heart

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