Island of the Mad

Island of the Mad

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today." A June summer's evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend's beloved aunt has failed to return follo Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most su...

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Title:Island of the Mad
Author:Laurie R. King
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B075PWFVMX
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Island of the Mad Reviews

  • Kathy
    Jul 02, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

  • Erin
    Nov 16, 2017

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Jul 13, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

  • Barb in Maryland
    Jun 14, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Mar 25, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

  • Shomeret
    Jul 05, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

  • Krisette Spangler
    Sep 22, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

    Mary Russell lovers are in for a huge treat with this next installment in the Holmes and Russell canon. The novel explores the treatment of the mentally ill during the 1920's as well as a chilling look at the rise of Facism in Italy. I loved the novel from start to finish. ...

  • farmwifetwo
    Jul 24, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

  • Patty
    Jun 28, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

  • Teri-K
    Jun 16, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

  • Linda Baker
    May 14, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

  • Kathy Martin
    May 07, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

  • MDNewbie
    Jul 12, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

    Mary Russell lovers are in for a huge treat with this next installment in the Holmes and Russell canon. The novel explores the treatment of the mentally ill during the 1920's as well as a chilling look at the rise of Facism in Italy. I loved the novel from start to finish. ...

    I always enjoy traveling the world with Mary Russell, and in this particular story, I appreciated the author's brief jaunts into Sherlock Holmes' dryer POV. However, this book was short on sleuthing and long on social commentary. Mary has always been nearsighted, but she seems to be gr...

    Minority opinion here. I think that by 15 in series, it might be worn out. Read the first of this series long ago, and enjoyed the premise. Found this book on a library display and borrowed it to read on an upcoming plane ride. A plethora of crazed characters, silly action and pr...

    Because Mary and Sherlock were in a city that I have visited and enjoyed, the book held my interest. However, there wasn't much of a mystery in this book - a woman from a mental asylum has gone missing. Lots of emphasis on clothing, costumes and masks which is understandable considerin...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 10, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

  • Sophia
    May 29, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

    Mary Russell lovers are in for a huge treat with this next installment in the Holmes and Russell canon. The novel explores the treatment of the mentally ill during the 1920's as well as a chilling look at the rise of Facism in Italy. I loved the novel from start to finish. ...

    I always enjoy traveling the world with Mary Russell, and in this particular story, I appreciated the author's brief jaunts into Sherlock Holmes' dryer POV. However, this book was short on sleuthing and long on social commentary. Mary has always been nearsighted, but she seems to be gr...

    Minority opinion here. I think that by 15 in series, it might be worn out. Read the first of this series long ago, and enjoyed the premise. Found this book on a library display and borrowed it to read on an upcoming plane ride. A plethora of crazed characters, silly action and pr...

    Because Mary and Sherlock were in a city that I have visited and enjoyed, the book held my interest. However, there wasn't much of a mystery in this book - a woman from a mental asylum has gone missing. Lots of emphasis on clothing, costumes and masks which is understandable considerin...

    The life in the Roaring Twenties can seem like a mad, mad world, but their latest case brings Russell and Holmes face to face with the truly mad, the dangerously ignorant, and a hard look at their own eccentric life. Island of the Mad is the fifteenth installment in the Mary Russell...

  • Suzanne
    Jun 12, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

  • Ginny
    Jul 31, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

    Mary Russell lovers are in for a huge treat with this next installment in the Holmes and Russell canon. The novel explores the treatment of the mentally ill during the 1920's as well as a chilling look at the rise of Facism in Italy. I loved the novel from start to finish. ...

    I always enjoy traveling the world with Mary Russell, and in this particular story, I appreciated the author's brief jaunts into Sherlock Holmes' dryer POV. However, this book was short on sleuthing and long on social commentary. Mary has always been nearsighted, but she seems to be gr...

    Minority opinion here. I think that by 15 in series, it might be worn out. Read the first of this series long ago, and enjoyed the premise. Found this book on a library display and borrowed it to read on an upcoming plane ride. A plethora of crazed characters, silly action and pr...

  • Dee Mills
    Jul 24, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

  • Sabrina Flynn
    Mar 26, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

  • Elisabeth
    Apr 19, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

  • Elaine
    Jul 04, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

  • Mary Ann
    Jun 24, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

  • Rachel
    Jul 12, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

  • Sandy
    Aug 10, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Aug 29, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

  • Dgordon
    Apr 08, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

  • Katie Schuermann
    Aug 20, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

    Island Of The Mad By Laurie R. King What it's all about... Mary Russell is now married to Sherlock Holmes. In this book Russell...and then Sherlock...are searching to find an old friend?s aunt. This takes Russell and Sherlock to Venice and gets them in some strange and comp...

    This isn't quite a full 4 stars. I would give it 3 1/2 if it were possible. This was a read-aloud book for us. The story meandered quite a bit and at times seemed more like a travelogue for Venice, although that was interesting. But the plot got lost. Laurie King is a good writer, a...

    Mary gets a phone call from a college friend which sends her off on her next case. Ronnie Beaconsfield Fitzwarren is concerned about her Aunt Vivian who has disappeared. Vivian has spent years in and out of asylums, most recently Bedlam for a series of mental health issues. Mary met he...

    Another great addition to the Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes stories. A missing crazy heiress, Venice, Mussolini's Black Shirts, Cole Porter and Elsa Maxwell, what could be more fun. ...

    Mary Russell lovers are in for a huge treat with this next installment in the Holmes and Russell canon. The novel explores the treatment of the mentally ill during the 1920's as well as a chilling look at the rise of Facism in Italy. I loved the novel from start to finish. ...

    I always enjoy traveling the world with Mary Russell, and in this particular story, I appreciated the author's brief jaunts into Sherlock Holmes' dryer POV. However, this book was short on sleuthing and long on social commentary. Mary has always been nearsighted, but she seems to be gr...

  • Cat M
    Jun 27, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

    Island of the Mad takes Mary Russel and Holmes to Venice, when Mary is asked to find the aunt of an old friend. I love the relationship between Mary and Holmes - they are truly partners, both resourceful and intelligent. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book (besides the mys...

    I won a copy of Island of the Mad from a Goodreads Giveaway. I confess I was lured mainly by the dark title and intrigued to read it since this is my first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Mary Russell's co...

    DNF pg 149. I have tried to read it for nearly a mth. I am bored. May try it again later . Many others have enjoyed it , so don't take my word for it . It is due to the library and we'll see how it goes later. ...

    I liked much of the story. It was fascinating, mysterious, and held some nice twists. Russell's university friend Veronica's aunt has been in and out of mental institutions for the last decade or so, and then she suddenly disappears, so Veronica asks Russell to look for her aunt. Russe...

    I love these characters so much and am always thrilled to come back to this series. Once again, King manages a nice balance between serious topics and madcap adventures, keeping the arc of the story hopeful, but never diminishing or dismissing the darkness underneath. And there i...

  • eyes.2c
    Jun 11, 2018

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...

    Whenever I read a book in this series, it feels like coming home. I loved Island of the Mad. Holmes and Russell spent quite a bit of time together in the book, and there was a very big nod to Nelly Bly?a female stunt reporter/investigative journalist in the late 1800s. ...

    3.5 stars One more off the pile although at this rate, I'll be leaving Mount TBR to my descendants in my will. Lots of reviews already as I'm fashionably late getting to this but I will say I enjoyed this much more than the last book. We're back to travelling with Mary & Sherloc...

    I have to admit that having Mary Russell's old friend Veronica Beaconsfield making an appearance in this book brought back a lot of fond memories from the earlier books. Yeah, I got nostalgic and all remembering Mary and Veronica's school days not to mention the religious sect "The New...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. As Mary searches 1925 Venice for the missing (and insane) aunt of one of her best friends, and hangs out with the Bright Young Things on the beaches of the Lido, Sherlock Holmes watches the fascists (on a suggestion from his brother), and gets a little help...

    In Island of the Mad, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes conduct their investigations in Venice which is under the rule of Mussolini. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review. For Mary Russell, this is a missing person case that begins in...

    This book was written more in the style of King's earlier books in the series which is what I like. It was adventurous and had the Venetian backdrop to give it that exotic atmosphere. I'm glad she chose to revert back to her 'tried and true' method. *Note to self: I was suppose to ...

    It's 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are still recovering from the events of The Murder Of Mary Russell and the loss of their longtime friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. Her departure forces Russell to undertake domestic duties with frustrating and less than stellar result...

    Not the best Russell/Holmes, but far from the worst. That distinction belongs to Pirate King, the only real stinker in the series and the only one of Laurie R. King's many novels to which I've given a 2-star rating. The backdrop of this one is mid-1920s Venice (think Brideshead Revisit...

    4.5 stars; I wouldn't call it "amazing" necessarily, but certainly great fun and a delightful return to form for Ms. King. Good mystery, great current events, the rich travelogue we've come to expect from this series, all painstakingly researched and with notes in the back - and Holmes...

    A visit with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Since falling in love with this series with its first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King has never failed to give me a tale that keeps that love burning. Two people of such spectacular pr...

    Another great entry in the Mary Russell series! With much of the book focused on experiencing a new place that has personal meaning for Russell (Venice!) and becoming the right character for the investigation, it hearkened back a bit to some of my favorite parts of The Game and O Jerus...

    Island of the Mad is a good story and I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't love it. Before this book came available at the library I'd started rereading O Jerusalem, one of my favorites, and the contrast between the two is pretty strong. Jerusalem has Mary and Sherlock in a difficult, so...

    Ahh, this is more like it. (I was not a big fan of the previous book which featured Mrs Hudson). Mary and Sherlock head for Venice, each on a case. Mary is doing a favor for a dear friend--trying to find the friend's aunt Vivian(who may have mental health problems). Mary believes Vivi...

    A tricky enquiry! Not only but also! An absorbing investigation by Mary and Sherlock that takes us from Bedlam to the Lido and onto the Venetian asylum island of Poveglia. What a fabulous conondrum for the wonderful Mary Russell and her ever fascinating husband Sherlock Holmes. Mar...

  • Jen 3_Piets
    Dec 28, 2017

    3.5 One would think that a series featuring Sherlock Holmes would be outstanding and difficult to solve mysteries. While at the heart there always is intrigue or another, in this case a missing wealthy woman, but this is a series that those who don't read mysteries. They are so much mo...

    I?m going to mark this down as my most anticipated book of 2018. There will be other new releases, but if I?m going to have a sick day and go into hiding in the local library, it will be the day the new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book arrives on my Kindle. The anticipation wo...