Garment of Shadows by Laurie R King
I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Any pastiche I can get my hands on to keep the adventures of Sherlock going I will get. I had high hopes for this series, but after reading this book I am finished. I read the first book in this series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and it was pretty good but not the best Sherlock story. This book I was fortunate enough to win in a giveaway, and where it is book twelve in the series they can usually be read as an individual story from what I have read.
This book opens up with Mary Russell lost in Morocco suffering from amnesia. Ok, this sounded interesting, and I was curious what caused it and how she was going to get her memories back. I was bored. The whole amnesia thing just dragged on and never seemed to really produce a lot of interesting reading. There is another plot that is going on that ties into the amnesia, but by the time I got there I didn't care about it at all.
This was a book I was really considering DNF. However, I had already read 3/4 of the book and figured since I won this I should at least finish it. I was bored throughout the whole book and had a really hard time staying interested. I even had a hard time reading this in paperback. Usually if I am going to tune out a book it is because I am listening to the audio and doing something else. If I am actually holding a physical book I tend to focus more, and my mind doesn't wander. That wasn't the case with this book. I actually went to the library and picked up the audio version of this just so I could finish it.
I was also disappointed in the sections that actually dealt with Sherlock. I know this book is mainly about Mary Russell, but Sherlock usually plays a role in the cases, and I enjoy those little interludes. In this book his classic deductions seemed lacking, and there wasn't anything I felt that made him the Holmes I know character wise. By the end of this book I didn't care how it ended. I just wanted it to end. The writing was well done, and I didn't see any technical issues with it. I just felt the story was dull. This series just isn't for me. This book is a New York Times bestseller so there are a lot of people who loved it, but I was not a fan. All this book did for me was bring me to the firm conclusion that I am done reading this series. I give this 1 out of 5 stars.