Garment of Shadows, Hardback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I?

She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding at the door.

Out in the hive-like streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks.

She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper showing a mysterious symbol.

Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north. Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim - who could be a Robin Hood, or a power-mad tribesman.

The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he discovers, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it's too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780749012229

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Set in Morocco, this episode of the Mary Russell series begins where Pirate King left off. In it we re-meet 2 characters from O Jerusalem. Unfortunately for me it was the next book on my list to read, so I met Mahmoud and Ali for the 1st time in Garment of Shadows, even so it wasn’t a problem because this book can stand on its own. In chapter one, Mary wakes up in a dark room, battered and bruised and suffering amnesia. When Sherlock discovers that Mary is missing, he begins an exhaustive search for her, while she escapes the dark room into the maze of an ancient city and tries to piece together what has happened to her. Dressed as a Moroccan man, and using her wits she survives this dangerous place until meeting up with Sherlock, whom she doesn’t recognize.Richly textured, mystery inside mysteries, Laurie King also gives us more insight into Sherlock and his family and she adds new interesting characters making this another great read. The time period sets it right on the brink of war, and she does her research to bring the tense conflicts into focus. Not knowing a lot about the history, I had a little trouble keeping the facts straight, still it reads well. I liked that this book brought another level to the Russell/Holmes relationship. 5 stars. Read through the Amazon Vine Program.

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