Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant #1)

Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant #1)

Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries, Laurie R. King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest?a man code-named ... Touchstone. It?s eight year Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling myster...

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Title:Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant #1)
Author:Laurie R. King
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Touchstone
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:548 pages pages

Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant #1) Reviews

  • megan
    Jan 21, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

    I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more li...

  • Sfdreams
    Apr 01, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

  • Celia
    Feb 21, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

  • Margaret
    Jun 02, 2010

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

  • Vicki
    Jan 08, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

  • Katherine Coble
    Nov 14, 2015

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

  • Andrea LeClair
    Mar 01, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

  • Rachel
    Jan 27, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

  • Robin
    Jan 23, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

  • Eva Mitnick
    Jan 01, 2009

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

  • WK
    Jun 26, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

  • Bette Ammon
    Jan 14, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

    I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more li...

    This book sheds a light on a mostly forgotten part of the "modern age" -- The setting is post WWI (roughly 8 yrs) England. An American agent, employed by the newly established FBI, travels to England in disgust, tracking a bomber. He's disgusted primarily because the new Head of the FB...

    I'm a fan of Laurie King books and enjoyed this stand-alone novel (as opposed to her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli series) which has some similarities to both series.  Set in the 1920s, as are most of the Mary Russell books; and has to do with crime and politics...

    Laurie King?s newest historical novel is titled Touchstone and it is amazingly good. Set in England, post World War I, the intricate story revolves around union organizers, conspiracy, and the class struggle in Britain. The main character is a charming renegade American FBI agent nam...

  • Laura Dugan
    Jun 10, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

  • Jgrace
    Sep 18, 2013

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

  • Aunty Sarah
    Feb 15, 2008

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

  • Bonnie
    Oct 06, 2011

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

  • Catherine  Mustread
    May 01, 2013

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

    I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more li...

    This book sheds a light on a mostly forgotten part of the "modern age" -- The setting is post WWI (roughly 8 yrs) England. An American agent, employed by the newly established FBI, travels to England in disgust, tracking a bomber. He's disgusted primarily because the new Head of the FB...

    I'm a fan of Laurie King books and enjoyed this stand-alone novel (as opposed to her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli series) which has some similarities to both series.  Set in the 1920s, as are most of the Mary Russell books; and has to do with crime and politics...

  • Liz
    Mar 05, 2009

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

  • Bondama
    Apr 11, 2010

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

    I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more li...

    This book sheds a light on a mostly forgotten part of the "modern age" -- The setting is post WWI (roughly 8 yrs) England. An American agent, employed by the newly established FBI, travels to England in disgust, tracking a bomber. He's disgusted primarily because the new Head of the FB...

  • Kelly
    Aug 15, 2010

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

  • Kat Hagedorn
    Oct 15, 2015

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

  • Kim
    Aug 16, 2011

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

  • Nikki
    Feb 09, 2017

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

  • Sophia
    Feb 12, 2015

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

  • Natalie
    Sep 08, 2013

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

  • Elisabeth
    Dec 02, 2011

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

    Touchstone ? Laurie R. King Audio performance by Jefferson Mays 4stars This is the first book of a detective series by Laurie King. I?m already a committed fan of her Holmes/ Mary Russell series and I?ve also enjoyed many of the books featuring the contemporary San Francisc...

    As a great fan of Laurie R. King, Touchstone was a very interesting read. It was the first stand-alone of hers that I've read and, to be quite honest, I prefer her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books. Touchstone is a well-developed story with quite a lot of information about Commu...

    Having only read Ms. King's Holmes/Russell series before starting Touchstone, I was fascinated by the difference of tone and atmosphere upon entering the world of Harris Stuyvesant. It is much darker and more sensual than I expected. There's a sort of smoky, half-lidded, dangerous allu...

    Laurie King has written two mystery series: Mary Russell based on Sherlock Holmes and the Kate Martinelli detective stories. Now, she has written a novel titled Touchstone set in the remotest corner of England, Lands End in Cornwall. It is April, 1926 and Harry Stuyvesant has arrived i...

    American FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant travels to England in 1926 to conduct an undercover investigation of a Labor leader whom Harris suspects has set off several bombs in the U.S. He meets a nasty piece of work named Carstairs who has been conducting experiments using a WWI vet named B...

    http://tinyurl.com/osxhcj5 Maybe I shouldn't read too much King in a row. This one was just a slog for me. I think there's a point in an author's career where s/he doesn't get as much love from their editor as they should. Meaning, it is assumed that at a certain point, whatever ...

    I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more li...

    This book sheds a light on a mostly forgotten part of the "modern age" -- The setting is post WWI (roughly 8 yrs) England. An American agent, employed by the newly established FBI, travels to England in disgust, tracking a bomber. He's disgusted primarily because the new Head of the FB...

    I'm a fan of Laurie King books and enjoyed this stand-alone novel (as opposed to her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli series) which has some similarities to both series.  Set in the 1920s, as are most of the Mary Russell books; and has to do with crime and politics...

    Laurie King?s newest historical novel is titled Touchstone and it is amazingly good. Set in England, post World War I, the intricate story revolves around union organizers, conspiracy, and the class struggle in Britain. The main character is a charming renegade American FBI agent nam...

    I was home sick for a day, so I re-read this, having just read The Bones of Paris. It's not a pretty story. It's dark; there's torture and misery and post-war ugliness. And yet somehow the result is pure gold. I love these characters. The journey they take may not be a pleasant one,...

  • Judy
    Oct 26, 2017

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

  • Karen
    Aug 25, 2015

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

    The beginning of this book finds Harris Stuyvesant, hard-boiled agent of the U.S. Justice Department, landing on British soil to investigate a man who he believes is the culprit in a series of tragic bombings that have occurred in several American cities in recent months. However, he s...

    I liked this book despite often feeling as though I did not know what was going on. This is probably my fault as I explain at the end. I would have liked to give this 4.5 stars, but I can't. Harris Stuyvesant, American investigator, comes to 1926 London to investigate a man he belie...

  • Karen
    Apr 24, 2016

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...

    2.5 stars because this novel certainly had its ups and downs. The premise easily caught me: an American agent named Harris Stuyvesant is trying to connect the dots between several bombs that have gone off across cities in the United States, and connect it back to whom he thinks is t...

  • Sg.00
    Apr 22, 2017

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work, I didn't know about this novel. First published in 2007, it's been a standalone work until recently, when a second novel featuring the same main p...

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series (the Holmes/Russell books are among my all-time favorites) and this was definitely closer to the suspense/thriller side of mystery than ...

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a book...it's time to put the book aside and move on to something else. ...

    I usually like Laurie King's books,(she's on my author alert at the library,) but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn't finish it either time. The second time, I didn't even want to pick it up--there were just too many other interesting things to do or read. The first...

    Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist. Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck severa...

    This is a stand-alone novel, not related to either of her series. It's 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help, he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other p...

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller - a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series. Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect. Secret agents an...

    Like all of Laurie?s work it is finely weaved and very well told. I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to ?who? and marvel at Laurie?s talent for sculpting that character so well that the ?why? is not only believable but could even be considered admirabl...

    I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book. I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. No luck. Her other books I recommend (they are mysteries) but don't bother with this one. BOOOOORRRIING! ...

    IMHO, Laurie King is a gifted author. I've enjoyed her mysteries. Most recently, I received and read her new book, LOCKDOWN. Many people like her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, but I've not been able to get into them. I was looking for a audiobook while traveling, and ran across ...

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the Holmes/Russell series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles, rather than those that build into a series, but this one really sucked m...

    A break from the various series King pens, this book introduces Harris Stuyvesant, an FBI man (although at the time the FBI isn't called the FBI) from the 1920s. Stuyvesant is in England at a time of strife: miners are close to striking, war still looms on the minds of many, and commun...

    The characters were fully realized and the book deftly plotted. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad there is a second in the series. ...

    I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book. It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people's heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like ...

    A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a bomber who could push England into outright revolution. He joins forces with a human "touchstone," a shattered WWI veteran with an uncann...

    well, it's sometimes better to read series in order, but I didn't do that in this case, so I knew who would make it through to #2 in the series beforehand. For me, that works better ~ I don't like the tension of wondering who's going to be killed off. I was going to say that I'm no...