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The Game - Laurie R. King
The Game
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It’s the second day of the new year, 1924, and Mary Russell is settling in for a much-needed rest with her husband, Sherlock Holmes. But the fragile peace will be fleeting—for a visit with Holmes’s gravely ill brother, Mycroft, brings news of an intrigue that is sure to halt their respite.... show more
It’s the second day of the new year, 1924, and Mary Russell is settling in for a much-needed rest with her husband, Sherlock Holmes. But the fragile peace will be fleeting—for a visit with Holmes’s gravely ill brother, Mycroft, brings news of an intrigue that is sure to halt their respite. Mycroft, who has ties to the highest levels of the government, has just received a strange package. The oilskin-wrapped packet contains the papers of a missing English spy named Kimball O’Hara—indeed, the same Kimball who served as the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s famed Kim. An orphaned English boy turned loose in India, Kim long used his cunning to spy for the Crown. But after inexplicably withdrawing from the “Great Game” of border espionage, he’s gone missing and is feared taken hostage—or even killed.

When Russell learns of Holmes’s own secret friendship with Kim some thirty years before, she knows the die is cast: she will accompany her husband to India to search for the missing operative. But even before they arrive, danger will show its face in everything from a suspicious passenger on board their steamer to an “accident” that very nearly claims their lives. Once in India, Russell and Holmes must travel incognito—no small task for the English lady and her lanky companion. But after a twist of fate forces the couple to part ways, Russell learns that in this faraway place it’s often impossible to tell friend from foe—and that some games must be played out until their deadly end.

Showcasing King’s masterful plotting and skill at making history leap from the page, The Game brings alive an India fraught with unrest and poised for change—and an unpredictable mystery with brilliance and character to match.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780553801941 (0553801945)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#7)
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YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins
YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins rated it
4.0 The Game
An excellent, entertaining read as always. Set in the late colonial occupation of India; seems to be an ongoing trend with the series, taking Sherlock beyond the borders of Britain. King's descriptive prose brings immersive colour and texture to this spy-travel-adventure.
Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
3.0 Not the strongest entry
Given my obsessive interest in colonial India, I'm surprised that I didn't like this entry in the Mary Russell series more than I did. Perhaps coming on the heels of Justice Hall, which was my favorite of the seven that I have read, this one suffered by comparison. Like Murder by Death (with whom ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
I finished this yesterday, but everyone and every thing conspired against me this weekend and I was unable to update/post except in 15 seconds bursts. My apologies to Moonlight Reader for letting down the side a bit. Talk about conflicted about a read. I both loved and hated almost every page. ...
To Shoot or Not to Shoot
To Shoot or Not to Shoot rated it
3.0 The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
.... and an extra half a star. A good romp and a comfortable 'Kim' tribute.
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 Very Entertaining Homage to Kipling's Kim (and Sherlock Holmes)
This is the seventh book in the Mary Russell series, which involve partnering Sherlock Holmes, professionally and romantically, with an unlikely female counterpart: and I love them--ever since I discovered one of the middle books in the series, A Letter of Mary. Well, this particular book is ...
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