My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was a pleasure to be introduced to Mary Russell. This is my first book of the series and I’ve enjoyed the fun detective.
The story begins with the disappearance of Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, an aunt of Mary’s close friend, Ronnie. After looking into Lady Vivian’s history, Mary uncovers a secret that her friend’s aunt has been hiding for most of her adult life. And the last piece of information gives Mary an approximate whereabouts of Lady Vivian. Not wasting any time, Russell is off to Italy, and to her (and my) big surprise she is being joined by her husband.
While in Venice, the Russells make new but dangerous acquaintances. They both make intriguing discoveries. Even though the couple has different goals to achieve while they are in Italy, they work together, help each other to actualize their purpose there and bring peace to Beaconsfield family.
The disappearance of Lady Vivian’s was the main part of the book and I absolutely enjoyed it. The story has a great twist. And Mary Russell’s character was witty, sassy and fun. The only thing that really disappointed me was Holmes. As a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was taken aback by this new polished version of his character.
Thank you, GoodReads and Laurie R. King for this wonderful book.