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Monday, June 1, 2020

Riviera Gold (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #16) by Laurie R. King

Riviera Gold

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Bantam

Goodreads synopsis: 
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes turn the Riviera upside-down to crack their most captivating case yet in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."

It's summertime on the Riviera, where the Jazz Age is busily reinventing the holiday delights of warm days on golden sand and cool nights on terraces and dance floors. Just up the coast lies a more traditional pleasure ground: Monte Carlo, where fortunes are won, lost, stolen, and hidden away. So when Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes happen across the Côte d'Azur in this summer of 1925, they find themselves pulled between the young and the old, hot sun and cool jazz, new friendships and old loyalties, childlike pleasures and very grownup sins..


3 stars

This is the sixteenth book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King.

I had a really hard time getting into this book. I think the main problem was that the Sherlock Holmes parts didn’t come in until later near the back of the book. I think that was a mistake. The author is going to lose a ton of readers before SH even makes his appearance.

I thought it was overall okay.  There seemed to be a lot of “Mary went here and did this.” “Mary went here and did that.” All that stuff seemed like pointless narrative. I wanted the book to start off with a bang and draw me in. It never did that. And that makes me sad.

If you love a good historical mystery, definitely check this one out.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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