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Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

 

You know how I wrote about how the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series was raging on at full force?

 

Still happening!

Only more so.

 

I had some of the happiest reading moments while playing hooky from my assigned reading and diving into this book instead. I’m telling you: bliss.

 

Here’s why:

 

– Shipboard setting. Man, I’m a sucker for a book set on the high seas. And this book starts with Mary and Holmes studying Japanese onboard a ship, tutored by a
young Japanese woman who turns out to have some serious secrets. The picture of them, toiling side by side to learn a challenging language, is really rather
charming.

 

– Japanese setting. King brings Japan and its culture to life, so it’s like being there without the discomforts of travel.

 

– King’s writing style. I’m telling you, it’s such a doggone comfort to relax in the care of a skilled writer who does all the work so you don’t have to. I just read and luxuriated in her smoothly constructed sentences and nearly purred.

 

– The delightful blend of zippy action and the mundane pleasures of daily life. Here’s a scene from onboard the ship:

“The damp pages turned. For two hours, absolutely nothing happened: no shots rang out, no tusked boars rampaged down the decks, no flimsy aeroplanes beckoned. Normal life can be extraordinarily restful.” (p. 22)

 

(I’m purring again.)

 

This book felt pretty much perfect to me. It might be a happy enough reading memory to tide me over until the next installment.

 

Maybe.

 

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

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