Thursday, July 5, 2012

Garment of Shadows-Laurie R. King

Garment of Shadows

Laurie R. King

Bantam, Sep 4 2012, $26.00

ISBN: 9780553807998

Having completed her brother-in-law’s assignment and a silent film shoot for Fflytte Films (see The Pirate’s King), Russell looks forward to seeing her husband Holmes in Morocco. However, when Holmes arrives at the rendezvous locale, his Russell is not there and has not been seen since she walked into the desert accompanied by a child several days ago; she left behind a note saying she was going to Fez.

Holmes seeks clues at the same time Russell awakens with a horrific headache in a place she does not recognize. As she ponders how she got here, Russell realizes she does not remember her name. Her gut tells her she needs to flee as she believes she is in peril; Russell starts the great escape though she has no idea where safety may be. Russell quickly learns it is 1924 and she is in Fez dressed as a man. As civil war supported by Europe seems imminent, Holmes continues his search for his spouse while Russell would never believe she is married to anyone.

Garment of Shadows is an exhilarating Russell-Holmes historical thriller as the heroine suffering from amnesia tells much of the entertaining storyline (in her memoirs) but Holmes’ viewpoint is much greater than usual. Fast-paced from the whimsical moment the man informing Holmes that Russell left town thinks the great detective has the brains of a tortoise and never decelerating, fans will enjoy this super entry with a great climax and a discerning coda that resonates today.

Harriet Klausner

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