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Two murders? A serial killer or a copycat trying to get away with murder?

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Fantasizing about the boss is one thing. Falling in love with him is quite another...

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One hopeless crush PLUS One pretend girlfriend…Equals TROUBLE!


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Also by Laurie R. King:

Dreaming Spies, March 2015
Garment Of Shadows, September 2012
Pirate King, September 2011
Unusual Suspects, December 2010
Mass Market Paperback
The Language of Bees, May 2009
Unusual Suspects, December 2008
Trade Size
Touchstone, January 2008
The Art of Detection, May 2006
Locked Rooms, June 2005
The Game, March 2005
Justice Hall, February 2003
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, March 2002
Trade Size (reprint)
O Jerusalem, June 2000
The Moor, February 1999
A Letter of Mary, January 1998
A Monsterous Regiment of Women, November 1996

Locked Rooms
Laurie R. King

Mary Russell mysteries #8
June 2005
On Sale: June 1, 2005
Featuring: Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes
400 pages
ISBN: 055380197X
EAN: 9780553801972
Kindle: B000FCK5TY
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery Historical

After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family’s old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior–a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell’s annoyance.

In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the “unforgettable” catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary’s memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn’t forgotten her. Why does her father’s will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?

The more questions they ask of Mary’s past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent’s marriage and the tragic car “accident” that a fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived–an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies…and it can kill again.


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