this is the 67th in my series of forgotten books
The Game by Laurie R. King, © 2004, Bantam Books 2006 paperback featuring Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, # 7 in series, mystery ~ adventure
Mycroft Holmes sends for Mary and Sherlock to ask a favor: find one of Her Majesty’s intelligence agents who’s gone missing. They must to go to India to find him, and his name is Kimball O’Hara, better known as Kim.
It’s 1924, things are unsettled in the empire, especially in India, and Holmes and Russell are drawn into The Great Game, as it’s called, of espionage. They must go to the northern India-Afghanistan border country, make what inquires they can, rescue O’Hara if he is still alive. It’s much more difficult, and dangerous, than they could have predicted.
This really isn’t a mystery, nor much of a spy novel. Mostly it’s adventure fiction, very readable stuff. I can’t assess the accuracy of King’s portrayal of India in those times, but nothing got in the way of my reading and enjoying the story. I like this series, especially the books which take place in England, and though this struck me as being a little longer than it needed to be, I enjoyed it right through.
The 10th in the series, God of the Hive, has just come out in trade paper.
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links to this week’s Forgotten Book posts can be found
on Todd Mason’s fine blog, Sweet Freedom