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Riviera Gold: 06/24/20

Riviera Gold

Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King is the thirteenth mystery in the Mary Russell series. It follows on the events of Island of the Mad (2018) and The Murder of Mary Russell (2016). Mary and Sherlock, still masquerading as Sheldon Russell, have split up; Sherlock is off to Romania and Mary takes the offer to sail to Monaco from Venice.

Mary's expecting a nice time on the beach to read, to relax, and to take time away from being a consulting detective. On her first afternoon there, she's shocked to see Mrs. Hudson acting as nanny to some of the children. Around the time Sherlock has reunited with Mary, Mrs. Hudson is under arrest for the murder of a young Greek man who had been rooming in the same building as her.

Seeing another Mrs. Hudson centered plot starting at about page eighty, I was reluctant to continue. The adventures of Clarissa Hudson that are the main focus of The Murder of Mary Russell marks it as my least favorite book in the series. This time, though, the mystery is fairly straightforward, save for the historical name dropping that started in the previous volume.

Four stars

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