In 1924, married sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell travel to her childhood home in San Francisco. Mary's parents and younger brother died tragically in a car accident 10 years prior, and she wants to see her old home. Mary recalls little of her childhood, but she believes if she can resurrect some of those memories, she will unearth the clues to solve her recent bizarre dreams.

Holmes exudes his ever-present wit, as he and Mary search for her past acquaintances—but most of them are dead. Her family's Chinese servants were murdered years ago, and Mary's former therapist has also been killed. Mary soon believes that someone is stalking her.

Page by page, the suspense rapidly increases, especially when Mary begins to wonder about the circumstances of her parents' "accidental" death. Russell and Holmes are a formidable crime-solving duo, and readers will be enthralled with King's unique view of Holmes—as a husband and lover, partnering his independent wife in her crafty sleuthing efforts. (Jun., 400 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick