In 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, receive a summons from Holmes' brother, Mycroft, and soon they're headed to India on a secret mission.

Mary is surprised to learn that Kimball O'Hara, known to the world as "Kim" from the writings of Rudyard Kipling, is a British intelligence agent. He hasn't been heard from in more than a year, and Mary and Holmes must try to find him. As in previous books, Mary disguises herself as a young man. She and Holmes take to the road as itinerant magicians, entertaining the rural populace as they travel to the high country where Kim was last seen.

This is King's seventh RussellHolmes book, and they keep getting better. Mary and Holmes come alive in the hands of a master storyteller, and King uses the country as a character just as surely as the many eccentric individuals who move effortlessly across the pages. From American heiresses to British officers to bored and jaded Indian royalty, each character shines as brightly as a gem from the crown jewels. Each book can stand alone, but try to read the series in order. (Mar., 369 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Lorraine Gelly