The Game

The Game

A Mary Russell Novel

Book - 2004
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Laurie R. King's bestselling mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her husband and partner, Sherlock Holmes, is beloved by readers and acclaimed by critics the world over. Now the illustrious duo returns for their most dangerous exploit yet, in a rich and atmospheric tale that takes them to India to save the life of one of literature's most fabled heroes. 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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780553801941
Branch Call Number: MF King
Characteristics: 368 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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Oct 13, 2018

I'd have given this one another whole star (5 1/2) except that the maharajah is such a combination of suave and slimy. As usual, Russell's research into the time and place Mycroft Holmes sends his brother Sherlock and wife Russell, on almost no notice, richly rewards the reader. One of Mycroft's spys hasn't been heard of in three years, and he needs to know if he's been killed, is the traitor who's killed several other spys, or has gone to the other side. Their job is to track him down. The sights and scents of 1920s India are hugely evocative, to say nothing of what the English weekend house party is like, transplanted to a palace in a princely state of northern India. If you've ever wondered what the sport of pig-sticking is like, wonder no more. It's highly unlikely you'll volunteer to participate.

Sep 18, 2017

I am a very big fan of this series, but in this case I decided a little over half way through to skim the rest and be done with it. I was thinking of going back to read all of it in detail, but I was so disgusted by numerous aspects of the story, and the sick man who is the cause of these things, I said "life is too short" and put it down. There are lovely elements in this story (Bindra, O'Hara, the magic, the descriptions of early mornings in 1920's India, and so on). The three and a half stars are for these things, for the quality of writing, and for the incredible research that went into this. But at a certain point this story began to feel as appealing to me as a certain macabre banquet that I will probably try and fail to get out of my memory.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 23, 2017

A fascinating and fun entry to the series. Holmes and Russell get to do good old fashioned sleuthing but there's the added fun of looking for the missing Kim of Kipling fame. Besides an enjoyable story, I found the background on the politics of the area to be as thought provoking as her earlier delve into Palestine. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

May 20, 2016

I enjoy this series, but this time it was hard to distinguish which was the racism of the time in the actions of the characters and what the author appears to accept as appropriate. I haven't had that disquieting feeling in the other books.

Nov 20, 2014

Definitely not my favourite in the series, but it's still fantastic. Good work again, King. You've done it.

Oct 07, 2012

I came late to this excellent series but highly recommend it. The writing is smart, elegant, witty & contemporary to it's time. The relationship between Mary & Holmes is believable despite their age difference as both are misfits of sorts. If you ever wondered what happened to Sherlock in his later years, start at the beginning and enjoy. Hopefully, there are many more to come.

Dec 14, 2010

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in India. I enjoy this series.


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