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The Moor by Laurie R. King

cassirin's review against another edition

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challenging mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

deniset's review against another edition

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.5

sophiarose1816's review against another edition

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informative mysterious reflective tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a signature Sherlock Holmes story so I was thrilled that Laurie R King revisited the setting of the story, Dartmoor, for the fourth Mary Russell story.  The moor came alive as the star character with an atmospheric, slowly developing mystery of local lore for Mary and Holmes.

The Moor is the fourth in a series that works best read in order to follow Mary and Sherlock's story though each case is standalone.

The Moor revisits a huge case for Holmes, but he's indifferent to that.  Mary soon learns that Holmes is there for the old, opinionated vicar and squire of the region, the Rev. Barring-Gould.  She doesn't like the old man at first, but slowly he grows on her as does his beloved moor as she and Holmes traipse from here to there over it following up on the ethereal witness accounts of Lady Howard's ghost coach, the accompanying hound, and other inexplicable events including a death.

The story was a slow build and wasn't riveting save in the very end, but it was captivating to the senses and I enjoyed exploring the moor people, the history, and culture as much as the mystery.  Interesting to know Barring-Gould was a real person and rustic renaissance man.

Jenny Sterin is the fabulous voice of the series and made it even more engaging to listen in to The Moor.

Those who want a gently-paced historical mystery set in an atmospheric locale should definitely consider this fourth of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.

trudecal's review against another edition

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2.0

This doesn't happen often, but I couldn't be bothered to finish this one. It moved so slowly and with so little development of the main characters. I had high hopes for this series, too.

margotrizzi's review against another edition

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4.0

So this series has been an absolute obsession for me this summer. I love the characters (Holmes himself in particular), I love the changing settings, and I love watching the mysteries unfold. By reading other reviews I’ve seen that this is many people’s least favorite in the series. I see where the plot can be slow to develop and I also feel that since Russell and Holmes are often off working on separate tasks, this book lacks some of their quick witted dialogue that really shines in the previous books. That being said, for me the pure excitement during the ending of this story, as well as the vivid imagery describing the moor itself helped make up for what it otherwise lacked. Moving forward, I’m planning to now take a little break from this series before jumping into book 5. I wanna give my excitement a chance to build again, and also make the stories blend together a little less in my head. I will forever have a soft spot for these characters though, and I’m so so glad I stumbled upon these books.

lvw22's review against another edition

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3.0

Can't make up my mind about this series . . . really liked the first couple, but this one was rather dull. Guess I'll try one more.

astrangerhere's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

vireogirl's review against another edition

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4.0

The descriptions of the Moor and the connected people were my favorite part of the story. The pace of life is slower and so is this book, but it seemed appropriate.

cindypager's review against another edition

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4.0

Once again, a fascinating tale and some dasterdly crimes that, in the end, we're solved by Holmes and his trusted companion Russell. This time, in the moors of England.

carrieksnider's review against another edition

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3.0

This one read a little slow until the end. An enjoyable book but not my favorite of the series.